One of the “must do” things on our Vegas 2014 wedding trip list was visit In-N-Out Burger, due to the
aggressive enthusiastic demands of our good friend Leon. He’s a long time fan of the old In-N-Out (hah!) and he’s a scientist. No really, he does complex stuff with chemicals. Who were we to argue with a scientist?
Clearly, we weren’t going to argue with a scientist about “the nicest burgers ever”, so we hopped in a cab over to 4888 Dean Martin Drive. Where are you guys headed? In-N-OutBurger please. Good choice.
As soon as we pulled up, it became clear just how busy it was. A constant stream of taxis was pulling up and leaving, and the queue stretched all the way around the restaurant. This combined with Leon’s excited bouncing (even though this wasn’t his first In-N-Out of the trip, he’d actually spent a few weeks on the west coast with friends before joining us in Las Vegas) meant that my hopes were very, very high. Also, super cute hats!
Double double, animal style. Apparently it’s the way to go for an In-N-Out virgin. I was not disappointed. It isn’t fancy, but dear sweet burger lord it is good. Two juicy beef patties, crunchy veg, and gooey cheese meld perfectly with the mustard and grilled onions which make it “animal style”.
Fries? Can take ’em or leave ’em thanks. Fries animal style? Go on then. If you have the option of smothering your fries in cheese and special sauce and fried onions, why would you not? They weren’t the best fries I’ve ever had (perhaps a little on the pale side for my tastes?) but the combination of cheese, sauce and onions meant that not even the tiniest fry was left over.
I’ll be honest – no fast food burger has come close to the double double animal style, sitting outside in the baking Vegas sunshine, en route to an afternoon of gambling on Fremont Street. I imagine the location and the context helped a little, but there’s no denying that the burgers were superb.