53 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
In-N-Out Burger opened way back in 1948 in Baldwin Park, California focusing as a drive through hamburger stand. Their motto is “Give customers the freshest, highest quality foods you can buy and provide them with friendly service in a sparkling clean environment.” They have locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.
We went to the Mountain View location to refresh our memory of how this popular burger tastes. We’ve eaten a ton of high quality burgers and it was time to test our taste buds. In-N-Out does not freeze their beef, has no preservatives in their buns, hand-leaf their lettuce daily, peel and dice fries daily from whole potatoes, and use 100% cholesterol free oil.
Decor, Vibe – Standard fast food joint decor with this location pretty clean.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Menu has burger or cheeseburger, fries, shakes, and sodas. Lettuce sandwich for vegetarians?
They even have a Secret menu
Cheeseburger ($2.10) with 100% pure beef patty, lettuce, American cheese, tomato, onions, spread, on a fresh baked bun was better than most fast food burgers but pale compared to the places like San Francisco’s Pearl’s. No angus flavor or juiciness. Cooked medium with no sign of redness. Single was jammed full of veggies but pretty thin on beef. We’d need a double to get by.
French Fries ($1.30) were clearly freshly chopped and fried. Not overly salty, solid quality, and decent quantity, but chopped on the small side.
In-N-Out Burger took about seven minutes to get us our food as the place was pretty busy. Value is definitely here but quality can be far exceeded at many sit down hamburger places we have reviewed. Try San Francisco’s Pearl’s or Marin’s Pearl’s, Burger Bar San Francisco or Las Vegas, Palo Alto’s Peninsula Creamery, or Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe in Emeryville.