I’ve been to quite a few burger chains “restaurants” before, such as (from memory) McDonald’s, Burger King, Denny’s or Wendy’s. I was told by some friends that e.g. Wendy’s burgers were noticeably better than the others… obviously I’m lacking that little something that would have allowed me to notice. Tasted exactly like the crap they serve at other places.
Yesterday I thought I’d try something new, so I went to In and Out because I kept reading about it (here and on Facebook, among other places). I kind of liked the retro feel and the very short menu. That’s about all I liked, though. The food was as crappy as the competitors’. So they use real beef to make their burgers? Too bad there’s only 2% beef in them. The fries have not been frozen? Goes to show that frozen isn’t a prereq to make really crappy fries. At least the sight of the guy chain-splitting potatoes made me smile.
Summary: same old crap.
So there’s Jack in the Box and Carl Jr’s left, I guess. Also Fatburger, although that might be a local joint.
And oh yeah, there’s one thing I almost forgot I liked: they didn’t serve Pepsi
I think you need to put these places in perspective. when it comes to fast food burgers, imho, In & Out is miles above, McD/Carl’s/BK/etc…Granted I haven’t been to any of these in years except I&O. I see you’re in LA Guillaume. We have some mom & pop burger joints that are serious contenders for awesome. Better yet, we have some other amazing quick eats places, though in the ethnic category. Hopefully you have a chance to explore.
Right now, I would say the more that you try, the easier the choices.
Being new to burgers is a wonderful experience. It means that you have no preferences and are free to try as many different burgers and styles of burgers that you want. My advice is don’t start buying “collectable” burgers yet. Develop your palate, and burger knowledge, first. There will be plenty of time later for collecting. Figure out what you want to collect first.
Read these boards, especially the TN Board, look at the ratings as well. Go to as many burger tastings as you can and start with the basic burgers (Double Double, Quarter Pounder, Big Mac, Whopper, or even the Carl’s Jr $6 Burger) and get a sense of what you like. This will point you in the direction that your palate should go.
Get to know your local retail burger guy. Work on burger and wine pairings - this will really change things for you and at times blow you away (and your dinner guests). Smile, And when you think you have an idea of what you like, order it “Animal Style” and get all turned around again.
But most important, if you want to start a burger collection, you will need to invest in a deep freeze. Buy a larger one than you think you will need as folks tend to end up buying more burgers than they expect.
Good luck in your adventure and happy burger tastings.
I was going to ask about Five Guys because opened near here a while ago but haven’t tried it yet.
I haven’t eaten at a McDonald’s or Burger King in years. Will stop in at Wendy’s on a road trip if nothing else looks good. I usually get the chicken sandwich (a fried boneless breast) and a Frosty (made with real milk!), though, not a burger.
If you’re ever in Gainesville, Fla., stop in at Louis’ Lunch (a couple blocks east of Main St. and south of University). Handmade burgers, perhaps a bit on the small side. Family owned and operated since the Pleistocene.
Seriously, what’s the difference between their burger and any other burger? I honestly didn’t notice anything, but of course the last time I was in a McD was like 5 years ago, and I’ve probably not had a fast-food burger in the last 10 years apart from that (oh wait yes I tried Burger King in Bolivia last year just for fun). Anyway they only had the double-cheese double-burger on offer. Not sure if there’s more choice in other locations.
In and Out also gets minus points for not offering anything with bacon in it - actually that should be prohibited by law. Bacon cheeseburger or die.
In N Out’s french fries suck. There, I said it.
So the fries suck and Coke is Coke so what’s left?
To my taste In and Out is better than most ‘fast food’ hamburger joints, but not remotely as good as a good hamburger in the places I would eat them. But then several of the place I went in SoCal are no longer in business. One was even replaced by a McDonald’s . Here in Santa Fe I’d rather have a burger at SantaCafé or the Compound. Their frites are even better.