photos by Robert Bostick
The city went kooky yesterday as everyone was up in arms with two of the new In-N-Out burger locations opening their doors. We sent a reporter to be on the scene but he was mobbed — then rained on, almost as if Jesus was saying this was not a good thing and we should remember that whole flood issue back in the day. And it looked as if this was a page from that story as the plebs were lined up two-by-two for their chance at the burger-prize of the day.
Not meaning to discount their experience, it might be exciting to recount the tales of camping out in the rain while awaiting the first chew of a fast food burger from SoCal, almost like saying you know where you were when Tupac was shot. Personally, I have had the burger on more than a few occasions, and they are not bad. I happen to like the whole thousand island dressing thing. I also can appreciate the lack of freezers and the dope fries that are limp due to the freshness of the potato.
We did finally get a report back from the scene where mobs were thronging into the night. And we paid yet another visit today only to witness a similar crowd at the Allen location this afternoon.
We asked a few questions to a member of the crowd who had driven from Oklahoma to wait in line and might have be under a tad bit of Sheenfluence:
What makes this burger so special you are willing to wait hours for a small taste?
I never had it but they said it was good, and damn I like hamburgers.
You drove 3 hours to Dallas and are waiting 2-3 hours for a burger, would you drive 200 miles for barbecue in Lockhart?
That’s too far!
Whataburger is good, right?
I had that hamburger before and it’s good. I like Whoppers at Burger King, they taste like I make at home.
So you enjoy the whole warm mayonnaise thing?
They use mayo?
The In-N-Out burger is quasi-mayo base too.
I thought it was secret sauce like at McDonalds.
How long are you willing to wait for a burger you never tried before?
I think three hours is about right.
If I had a sack of burgers worth 10 bucks would you pay me 50 to have them?
I heard Hanna Raskin is here, would you like her autograph?
My kids used to like her TV show.
EDIT: Jazzy Jay “Cane Rosso” Jerrier lives very near the Allen location and said the line was snaked at least 100 long last night at 11:15pm.