Okay, which Takeout commenter wrote this ‘In-N-Out is overrated’ op-ed? Declare yourself

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The best part of an In-N-Out hamburger is the lettuce — it’s crunchy and moist. And when that’s the best you can say about a burger, you’re not saying much. Every other component is unremarkable. The beef patty might never get refrigerated, but it isn’t revelatory; the bread that holds it together easily disintegrates under even the gentlest of grips: the onions are, well, onions; and the tomatoes are a reminder that people don’t know what good tomatoes taste like. And the American cheese tastes like it just got flash-grilled onto plastic...

In-N-Out is a symbol of Southern California at its absolute worst: Eternal traffic. Nostalgia for a past that never really existed. A mob mentality. Fast food. And, worst of all, all hype and little substance.


We cover In-N-Out a fair bitround these parts. We’re a food site, they make food, pretty straightforward. And every time we run an In-N-Out story, there are, without fail, folks in the comments talking a blue streak about how seriously overrated those burgers are. So here is what we want to know: Which one of you is “Gustavo Arellano” of the Journal of Alto California? Declare yourself. There are some pretty sick burns in there, we’d like to congratulate you.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!



Aw, I like Gustavo... I think we have one of his books and I watched a speech he gave on tacos once.

Here’s my take on In-n-Out. Every town has its local mediocre burger to hold dear. I came from Seattle, so Dick’s is my version. Yeah, there are probably better burgers, but that’s my place man... every time I go back there, I have to get a couple. So I shrugged a bit over In-n-Out, but I don’t fault Californians for holding it dear.