I just went to In-N-Out for the first time in years. The burger was better than I remembered, but the fries were hugely disappointing.

Irene Jiang/Business InsiderAfter so long, I’d all but forgotten the taste of a double-double and was in dire need of a refresher.

It’s been a hot second since my last meal at an In-N-Out.

The last time I visited one was several years ago on a road trip with some high school friends. After so long, I’d all but forgotten the taste of a Double-Double and was in dire need of a refresher.

It was clear where I had to begin my eat-through of the glitzy main streets of Los Angeles. After a long six hours on a plane seat, I was ready to put the “animal” in Animal Style.


I hopped on a Lime scooter from my hotel and scoot my way to the In-N-Out on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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For this starving scooter-er, glimpsing the iconic red-yellow sign was like seeing an oasis in the desert after a long day in the sun.

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It was 2 p.m. and the place was packed.

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The retro red-and-white look of the interior impressed me, as did the cheery uniforms and perky hats worn by employees.

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The menu was extremely simple, comprised of only fries and three kinds of burgers.

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In-N-Out offers a couple of widely-known customisations that are off-the-menu, such as Animal Style or Protein Style.

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I ordered a Double-Double and fries, both Animal Style, and a medium drink.

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As I waited, I watched orders come out in bright red boxes, burgers wrapped tightly in paper.

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I made a jaunt to the condiments station and was surprised to find only two condiments: ketchup and pickled peppers.

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I packed a bit of both to take back to my seat.

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My order came out soon enough. Burger, meet your masticator.

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I’d been looking forward to this meal since I booked my plane ticket.

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Alas, it was not long for this world.

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I couldn’t help myself. It was just asking to be eaten.

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I mean, just look at all that juicy, sauced-up meat …

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It was practically overflowing from its skimpy wrapper.

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In-N-Out is famous for controlling every step of its supply chain, which is why the chain hasn’t expanded east and probably never will.

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The beef was FRESH. It tasted like it had been carved off the side of a cow that morning.

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Each bite of my Double-Double burst with flavour and texture.

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The crunch of the thick pickle stack, the clean crisp of the lettuce, and the juiciness of the tomato slices all furnished a perfect home for the tender patties.

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I decided to go for a handful of animal-style fries.

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I was starting to regret letting my stomach make my decisions for me.

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But even a pile of grilled onions, melted cheese, and secret sauce couldn’t make this pile of soggy cardboard more appealing.

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They were devoid of both flavour or crisp and just tasted kind of empty.

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Even plain with ketchup, they were a total disappointment.

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Fries are so easy to get right. I was bummed.

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How could a place with such outrageously satisfying burgers make such outrageously disappointing fries?

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I gave the fries several chances, but in the end, I gave up and returned to my burger.

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I polished it off in practically no time, stopping only to take the occasional photo.

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Sauced-up and bursting with juice, the burger had the perfect balance of flavours and textures.

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Not even juice dripping down my wrist could give me pause.

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I went to town on that thing, animal-style.

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I was also excited to try a pickled pepper or two.

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But I wasn’t prepared for the oversized punch this little baby packed.

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After one bite of pepper, I had to wolf down the rest of my burger to put out the flames in my mouth.

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Not that I was complaining …

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I washed down my meal with a gulp of lemonade and wrote off the fries as a lost cause.

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I walked back to my hotel basking in the afterglow of an extraordinary meal, debating whether it’d be rash to move to LA just for the sun and the In-N-Out.

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