Cheyenne and I went to the new Five Guys burger joint today with my daughter Sarah and her longtime boyfriend Dusty. My son Noah went to Five Guys earlier in the week and told me the food was just like In-N-Out Burgers. If you have ever lived or even visited someone in California you have probably had an In-N-Out burger and you will know immediately that Noah’s claim that the Five Guys’ burgers were as good as In-N-Out Burger’s food had to be checked out.
You see In-N-Out burgers, fries and shakes are legendary. In-N-Out is unequivocally (according to me, myself and I) the best burger joint in America. The first In-N-Out was opened in Baldwin Park, California in 1948 by Harry and Esther Snyder. I was not around for the opening, but learned early on as a kid in the nearby community of West Covina that In-N-Out was the place for a great burger, fries and shake. I am sure it is safe to say that I have eaten close to a thousand In-N-Out cheeseburgers in my lifetime to date (note, these were distributed across five decades and my hips no doubt).
There are no In-N-Outs here (even though I have written to them numerous times and begged them to open a location in Fargo). For the last 13 years I have had to wait until I travel back to California or to Nevada to have an In-N-Out burger. I understand they are also in Arizona and Utah now, which makes travel to those two states immediately more appealing. There really is nothing quite like In-N-Out food (see http://www.in-n-out.com/ to learn more).
You can see why Noah’s claim required investigation. Noah’s exact words were, "The food is all made fresh – it’s just like In-N-Out." Well, I ate there today and it does appear the food is all made fresh and goodness gracious you get plenty of it. The food was good and the place was packed, so I am sure these Five Guys have their own following; but, I know my In-N-Out and this was no In-N-Out…not even a close second. I was a bit disappointed, but in some ways relieved. It is kind of gratifying to know that In-N-Out still stands alone. Now I am sure there are those who may disagree with my ranking of In-N-Out over Five Guys (but no one who has had In-N-Out will – they will know better).
My brother who still lives in California wants me to visit him in July. I am seeing if I can swing it with my schedule, but you can bet I already printed off all the In-N-Out locations in Orange County. There is no way I am going to miss the opportunity to revisit the best burger joint in America – a few times (and of course I’ll bring my brother and his family along).
Day two hundred and seventy-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da