The opening day frenzy has somewhat settled at the Texas In-N-Out Burger locations. Itâ€™s no longer a hour plus wait, more like 20 minutes when I visited the Frisco and Allen locations the past couple weeks. Fortunately, this is about the same amount of time one waits when only 4 cars are in line at Whataburger, so 20 minutes isnâ€™t that bad of a wait in Texas for a burger and fries.
As a Texas transplant, I do not have the childhood memories of Whataburger or Chick-fil-A (yes I had to Google Chick-fil-Aâ€™s name to see if I spelled it right.) I am however a native Californian, born in Los Angeles and graduated high school from South Pasadena, the city that hosts the Rose Bowl every year. So, Iâ€™m no stranger to In-N-Out Burger and have always made at least one stop back when I visit California or Nevada. Fortunately, for my own sanity I was on business travel in Atlanta the week In-N-Out opened in Texas or I might have been in some crazy line questioning my sanity.
So how is the Texas In-N-Out? I have been to probably 20 plus locations on the West Coast and I couldnâ€™t tell any difference here in Dallas and that is great news. My first stop in Allen consisted of a Double-Double â€œAnimal Styleâ€ with fries and a water. Last weekend, I stopped by the Frisco location for another Double-Double, this time sans Animal Style, with fries and an unsweetened iced tea.
The big question I get from friends who know and love In-N-Out is around the secret menu. â€œAnimal Styleâ€ is so well known that it really isnâ€™t all that secret. Yes, the Dallas locations know the menu and yes you can order a Neapolitan shake or a â€œwish burgerâ€ (I wish there was meat in it â€“ burger with no meat.) More super-secret options are on this blog and Iâ€™ll have to try a few to see how well the secret menu items are known in Dallas.
If you are an In-N-Out Burger fan you will not be disappointed. The locations here make me feel like I never left Los Angeles, well almost, the humidity and blistering heat that is just starting makes me wish I could drive down to Huntington Beach and jump in the ocean.
700 Stacy Road, Allen
2800 Preston Road, Frisco