Good Morning Gentle Readers,
A few years back, College Humor pulled off a pretty awesome April Fool's Day Pranks, assuring New Yorkers that the long rumored opening of an In-N-Out burger joint was happening in the summer of 2010.
In-N-Out is a west coast phenom that began right here in So Cal with their conceptualization of the drive-thru burger joint back in '48. The stores aren't franchised and the company is still more or less family owned. In-N-Out pays significantly better than their fast food counterparts and the company prides itself on friendly service and a clean environment. Nothing is frozen, the food is always prepared fresh. It's kind of cool to watch them slicing fresh potatoes into fries while you're ordering.
In the days of my vagrant yoot there were only a dozen or so of these places in all of Southern California. Most were confined to LA County. None of them were in my neck of the woods. We'd all pitch in for gas and pile into somebody's car. There was no freeway and it was a long Friday night ride to get to Azusa where we could snaffle up a coupla bags of burgers. We were the poster kids of the now-maligned car culture and driving was what defined us. It was what we did. And the burgers were worth the ride.
Photo Credit: © Mrs TWC 2010