Tuesday, October 21, 2003

California highlight #8

Everyone's happy at In-N-Out. Everyone. Even the workers. In fact, they are known for being cheerful. They smile. They're friendly. They really are happy to serve you.

It doesn't sound like much, but it's kind of freaky.

But In-N-Out, Southern California burger icon, is not your typical fast food chain. It's still fully family owned. They don't have freezers, microwaves, or heat lamps, because everything is fresh. You can even watch them make the fries starting with the potato (I very much covet their nifty french fry cutter). And if the workers are happy, it might be because In-N-Out pays the highest wages in all of fast food: the average manager has been with the company more than 13 years and makes more than $80,000 a year. All that and they only charge $1.75 for a burger.

The menu has a puny 6 items: 3 types of burgers, fries, shakes, and soda. That's it. So to the secret menu we go.

We got: Fries "well-done" (=extra crispy), a "grilled cheese" (=no meat, just melted cheese, tomato, lettuce and sauce on a bun), a cheeseburger with grilled onions, and for Foodgoat, a "2 x 4" (=2 patties and 4 slices of cheese) with grilled onions.

It was very good. We were happy.

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