Is It Any Good?

Because on the Glendale, Eagle Rock border, that’s still what a hamburger’s all about.

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If you live in, or have visited Southern California at any point in the last few decades and have not tried an In-N-Out Burger, then I am ashamed of you. Yes, truly and personally ashamed.

Wait a minute. Should I give the vegetarians a break? After all…

…no. Sorry. Not even them. Hell, they can have the fries and a shake. No exceptions!

This is one of the best, if not the best Hamburger chains in all of America. Bar none. What makes it so extraordinary is that the menu really hasn’t changed in lo these many years. Its still the basics. Three kinds of burgers, fries, drinks, shakes…and that’s it. No McTurkey Nuggets, or special barbecue hickory sauce. Nope, your choices are ketchup and…well, ketchup.

Another extraordinary thing is that they’ve stayed mostly local (mostly). There are locations in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Texas (Dallas), now.  Still, the overwhelming number of locations are in California.  I guess we should feel lucky that they haven’t appeared in every shopping mall in America. Well, good for them, and good for us, because for all the crap Southern California takes around the nation and the world (the driving, the traffic, the blondes, the moody actors and actresses), this is one thing we can keep (mostly) to ourselves.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This is truly a no-brainer. You’re getting a hamburger, but you need to decide how hungry you are. Then select your burger size accordingly. And if you want, you can get it “animal style”. What is animal style, you say?

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: There just is no escaping the fact that during business hours, seven days a week, this place is going to be crowded. There will a big mess of people inside the store, and a big line of people outside the drive through. Doesn’t matter the location.

I will say that the location on Brand Blvd. just outside the Glendale Galleria is at least somewhat easier to get in, as it’s attached to a massive Shopping Mall garage (meaning plenty of parking). And the Location itself is one of the largest I’ve seen, thus it can seat a mess of people. Just sayin’.

 

PARKING: Oy. Horrible. The good news is that this particular In-N-Out has a lot that it shares with Osaka Buffett. Bad news is, it’s always packed. There is a Drive-Thru, but it snakes through the entirety of the lot, greatly complicating matters for people who want to say…I don’t know…park and go inside. If you choose the Drive Thru, just bear in mind that you’re going to be waiting a while. A long while. Even in the middle of the week, long while.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
In-N-Out Burger
310 Harvey Dr.
Glendale, CA 91206
Tel: (800) 786-1000

Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 10:30 am – 1 am
Fri-Sat 10:30 am – 1:30 am