A recent post in Midtown Lunch made me think about how great it would be to have In-n-Out Burgers on the East Coast, preferably in New York City.
Some of you might not know this, but In-n-Out is a terrific Western fast-food joint featuring burgers made with real beef and real cheese plus shakes made from real milk and real ice cream. In my experience, the fries were dismal, but maybe that particular INO was having a bad day.
The famed double-double, courtesy cperfetti on flickr. Our fries didn't look this good.
The burger itself was the tops--I had a double-double--and it was like eating a good ground-beef burger with yellow American cheese in my Mom's kitchen if I, not my Mom, was doing the cooking. (Mom fractured pan-fried foods, figuring that carbon was better for our digestions than grease).
Even La Skolnique enjoyed her single no cheese, although she does not as a rule like beef at all. She and I both adored the chocolate shake, which, in sharp contradistinction to the McDonald's type, you could possibly leave on the front seat of your car on a 90 degree day and have it melt.
It would be nice to have a few In-n-Outs around the Empire State (and the associated Garden State and Nutmeg State). I could particularly go for one in Kingston, where stand several McD's and a Burger King which sees my shadow at least once a week.
Shake Shack, on the other hand...
Yes, in the spirit of Robyn Lee, it's an "innards" shot. And, although I like their beef burgers too, this is actual my favorite 'Shroomburger, in which a portobello mushroom top is stuffed with melty gruyere cheese and breaded and fried and served with tomatoes-lettuce-mayonnaise.
The mere fact that you can get your choice at Shake Shack and order a lovingly stuffed and breaded 'Shroom or a beefy beefburger (Or both!) kind of wins the day for me. Also, there is the Shake Shack custard in its many happy flavors.
So which is better...the amiable, goodlooking Californian or the dark, complex, finicky New Yorker?
Oh, hell. No decision, except what a joy it is to live in a world where one can have both.