Restaurant: In-N-Out Burger
Address: 1303 William D Tate Ave., Grapevine, TX 76051
What I Ate: #2 Combo (cheeseburger, fries, chocolate milkshake)
Last weekend, I ventured to Dallas, Texas, to attend the Delta Zeta Presidents Academy. While I looked forward to checking another state off of my list (19/50), I didn’t anticipate embarking on any major exploration since I was confined to the Dallas Fort Worth Airport and the Grand Hyatt Hotel for the entirety of my trip.
After nearly 48 hours of keynote speakers, information sessions and being fed seemingly every three hours, I was ready to turn out the lights and savor the glory that was my queen-sized hotel bed– until I received a text from my newfound friends suggesting that we take an Uber to the closest In-N-Out Burger, that is. I was full and exhausted but I knew that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try this West Coast staple.
Oh, and did I mention that I had never taken an Uber before?
After waiting an unnecessarily long amount of time for the Uber to arrive, we piled in the car and made our way to the restaurant. (Yes, Mom, I was completely safe. The driver was a father of two high schoolers who used to live in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina forced his family to evacuate– they’ve lived in Dallas ever since. It’s actually kind of amazing how much you can learn about a person in just a 10-minute car ride!)
The menu, as I anticipated, featured all of the necessary elements of a fast food restaurant: Burgers, fries and milkshakes.
My roommate for the weekend, Sarah, and I decided to split our meal since neither of us were particularly hungry, but admittedly, I was mostly just thrilled for the opportunity to participate in this quintessential-but-overdone photo opportunity:
I’m not gonna lie, the food itself fell way short of my expectations– the fries resembled cardboard and the milkshake was considerably less chocolate-y than I was hoping it would be. The cheeseburger was definitely the best part, though I’m convinced it’s only because we made a big spectacle of taking our first bites of the iconic sandwich.
Although I was disappointed, several veteran In-N-Out Burger consumers have since reassured me that it had to have been that particular restaurant whose food was subpar; they insisted that I would’ve loved it had I eaten at a different location.
All in all, the paper hats and opportunity to check two items off of my bucket list were well-worth the adventure to In-N-Out– if I ever find myself out west again, I definitely will give it a second chance (if only for another photo-op).