tanabutler Posted June 28, 2005 Share Posted June 28, 2005 Robert40, are you reading this? Buddy, I took a bullet for you today. After driving out to photograph a very fragrant apricot orchard in Gilroy, I saw an In-N-Out burger joint. Well, in order to assist you objectively in planning your excursions to Napa, I decided that I would stop in and taste the infernal things. Talk about the Emperor's Clothes. There is no there, there. I mean, sure, it was a hamburger. But molecule for molecule, there is absolutely nothing special about that place at all. AT ALL. The fries were normal, the burger was small, on the dry side, and not remotely anything I would ever refer to as "juicy." There was too much bun, in fact, for the meat. The lettuce was crispy, yes. The tomato was ripe, but it in no way surpassed any tomato I've ever had in a fast food joint. The bun was fresh, that is true, and it smelled like good bread, which was novel. The older woman I shared a booth with said, "It's so crowded today!" I said, "I'll take your word for it: I've never been here and I wanted to see what all the fuss is about." She launched herself: "Isn't it WONDERFUL! You can taste how fresh the meat is! And the buns!" Well, I couldn't, particularly, as the meat was on the overcooked side. I told her I could taste it in the french fries, but I was lying. So if you have only a few meals in Napa, do NOT waste one on this place. You can make a far, far better hamburger at home. (Or get a Double Western burger, is ten times better than an In-N-Out, at Carl's Jr., though you didn't hear me say that!) I hope you feel a great relief that you can defy those people who think there is anything special about an In-N-Out burger, and I include Thomas Keller in that group. Bless his heart. I hope you appreciate the sacrifice I made in the interest of science. (For the record, Rancho Gordo is never wrong.) Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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