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The California Burger War: In-N-Out Vs. Five Guys

By • Mar 19th, 2011 • Category: Burger Blog

Don’t be fooled by the sunshine, beaches, fancy cars, and glitz. Right now, a war is raging through California: In-N-Out Burger Vs. Five Guys.

Part 1: The California Burger War
Part 2: In-N-Out-Burger Review
Part 3: Five Guys Review

In-N-Out Or Five Guys

The California Burger War: In-N-Out Burger Vs. Five Guys.

California has had a special relationship with the burger. As one of the first states in the US to fully embrace the automobile, the drive-thru burger restaurant became a classic west coast institution. As people went everywhere in their cars, it reasonably followed that people would want to be served in them. As a result, the burger, with its minimal preparation and ease of consumption, found a natural home in the Golden State.

To this day, the one chain that defines this golden era is In-N-Out Burger. Originally founded in Baldwin Park in Southern California, In-N-Out Burger expanded throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. With their tradition of fresh ingredients including never-frozen beef that doesn’t hit the grill until ordering and fries made from potatoes you can see being sliced, In-N-Out has become a west coast institution, so much so that both the San Francisco and Los Angeles airports have locations within mere minutes of the terminals.

Recently though, the reigning champion has had a new kid on the block step into its territory. After hugely successful runs in the DC Metro area and Florida, Five Guys has come to the west coast to challenge In-N-Out’s burger dominance. They bring their own style and execution to the table, and it’s starting to win over converts as new branches start sprouting up all over California.

While California no doubt has great, small singular joints that serve great burgers, no chain has come close to challenging In-N-Out on a grand scale.

However, Five Guys has come to play, and the battle lines are being drawn:

Part 1: The California Burger War
Part 2: In-N-Out-Burger Review
Part 3: Five Guys Review

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One Response to “The California Burger War: In-N-Out Vs. Five Guys”

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    Brian Says:

    I just had my very first Five Guys burger and Cajun Fries and thoroughly enjoyed the burger. (Bacon Cheeseburger, All The Way, minus lettuce with extra-cheese) Ordered online, was in-n-out (pun intended) in less than 60 seconds. Now let me weigh in on the perpetual In-N-Out debate. First we will talk about fries. No, let’s not. Not worth the discussion. Most people (at least in several western states) will tell you, In-N-Out fries are the best you will find in any restaurant, fast food or otherwise. Now for the burgers. It really does not make any sense to compare the two. They are two totally different styles of burgers, both great in their own unique way. The true test, and I know I am not alone on this, (again, for those of us in the west)…If I were on Death Row, about to meet my maker tomorrow. I am offered, as a last meal, one of the following; Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger-“All the Way” or In-N-Out Double Double Cheeseburger-“Animal Style” One of my last experiences in life would be enjoying that California born, truly unique and absolutely delicious, if I have been away from the West Coast more than a few hours gotta have, take out all of my out of state guest for…In-N-Out Double Double! Those of you who have never had one…You just don’t know what you are missing!

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