Monday, April 8, 2013
In-N-Out Burger - Avondale, AZ
In-N-Burger has been ranked as one of the best burgers in California by Food and Wine and even has a fan in the preeminent chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame. Knowing that was all the more impetus for wanting to stop in, especially as I continue on the best burger obsession.
While the Double Double was tempting I stuck with a less heart attack inducing Cheeseburger, the one that reportedly Keller favors.
It looked pretty assembled and nicely packaged, but the eating would be the ultimate test. The first thing I found lacking was beef as in "Wendy's Where's the Beef?". The beef to bun ratio was too low. Lost amongst the toppings especially the bountiful crisp fresh lettuce, the beef didn't taste very beefy. I'm learning I'm not much a fan of wafer thin patties. The onions and tomatoes were proper proportioned cut but in combination with the lettuce, the entirety could almost be called a veggie burger rather than a hamburger. The patty was on the lukewarm side and didn't offer any grilled or charred flavor but was just on the side of bland. The sauce tasted somewhat of a sweeter, less tangy Thousand Island dressing. The toasted bun was soft but appeared to have the ability to hold strong under the weight of the components plus.
The hand cut fries were crispy without being greasy. Addictive like potato chips.
In-N-Out Burger at this time is a West Coast chain likely to spread east. It offers a decent burger reminding me somewhat of Culvers and Big Boy. Culvers doesn't directly compete with In-N-Out but eventually that may be true. I give the freshness of the bun and the toppings to Culvers but Culvers has the edge in the all important and primary patty.
In-N-Out was good but was nowhere close to living up to the hype. I am in total disagreement with Food and Wine on their classification of this being a best burger. I may be singing a different tune if I had tried the Double Double.
1525 Dysart Road