The first Texas In-N-Out Burger draws a crowd - Click above to watch video after the jump

By all accounts, In-N-Out Burger makes a delicious sandwich. The chain has been a fixture in California for decades, but has only recently begun creeping its way across the country, bringing its much-lauded burgers to those who don't live in SoCal. In-N-Out's nostalgia for 1950s and '60s carhop burger joints and cruise night culture is another big consumer draw.

When In-N-Out opened up its first franchise in Texas last week, the restaurant's renown had people lined up for miles to get their hands on one of the joint's never-frozen patties. The line was so impressive that the cops showed up to deploy cones and direct traffic safely through the parking lot and drive through.

While In-N-Out makes a good burger, it can't possibly be worth voluntarily subjecting yourself to a mile-long traffic jam. Let's not forget that this is just the drive-thru line. We can only imagine the chaos inside the restaurant. Click past the jump to see the madness for yourself.



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      xmailboxcancerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yyyyup. The Frisco TX location had a THREE HOUR WAIT for the drivethrough lane. Wife and I weren't quite up to that, but hey: if you're a fan and you have the time, more power to ya. Glad to see In-N-Out in the lone star state.
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Same thing happened in Massachusetts a few years back for the first Sonic. Route 1 was practically shut down, and cops had to intervene. Fast food is fast food, folks. It's all ****.
        rllama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dontneedpants
        But the thing about that Sonic opening was that they had been advertising in New England for Years before there was ever a sonic anywhere near us. It was like they were intentionally trying to drive us crazy. The most brilliant way to market to Americans is to advertise the crap out of something, and then refuse to sell it to us - then we'll pay any amount of money and wait in a line of any length to get it, because we'll just be to excited about how we didn't have it before.
        Ted
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dontneedpants
        I remember that grand opening...insane. People also got pretty damn excited for the first Krispy Kreme in Massachusetts.
          Carnut0913
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ted
          I'm from the South so KK is standard fare. At GaTech, we used to do KK runs when the hot n fresh light was on. So, it was mind boggling in 2001 when KK opened the first one in Denver and the line was a mile long into the place. And it was like that for more than a week. I'll admit nothing beats a hot fresh KK glazed, but outside of that, DD is better overall. And I have yet to have anything available through a drive through that was worth sitting in line for an hour.
          dontneedpants
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ted
          And now KK is gone from New England. Hype over nothing. http://franchise.business-opportunities.biz/2007/09/03/krispy-kremes-failed-attempt-at-entering-new-england-market/
      Fulorian
      • 3 Years Ago
      This has far less to do with the concept of In-N-Out burger, and more to do with the obsessive 'Me, too, Me first!' attitude of Frisco, TX. It's basically Dallas' version of Beverly Hills - there is an obscenely large amount of discretionary income in Frisco with very little common sense to back it up.
      omegaslast
      • 3 Years Ago
      It boggles my mind that the average american is willing to wait in 5 hour lines for in n out, let alone sonic, its all just fast food. (Five guys is about the as "fast food" as i get, in n out is pretty gross after having eaten at five guys many times and deciding their burger and fries are far better) I think other countries have line problems, like japan had a 3 hour line for the opening of the apple store, but somehow thats still better then waiting in line for god damn fast food. It just perpetuates the stereotype that all americans are fat and eat mcdonalds all day.
        jayster68
        • 3 Years Ago
        @omegaslast
        If you understood any thing about human nature you would under stand it's not about the food. Many of these people associate this with a happy point in their life, like when they lived in So Cal and now are stuck here in Texas (like myself). The reason you see this with food chains especially ones like in n out is simple, it triggers happy memories of things not even associated with the food. Just the time period. And let me tell you life in So Cal is awesome (if you can afford it). It's about the environment, the smell the taste. It has a very strong emotional bond, for different people its different things but the underlying reason is the same. FYI I'm dying to go but I will wait till it dies down a little. http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/nose-throat/smell3.htm "A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people's moods and even affect their work performance. Because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain's limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it's sometimes called the "emotional brain," smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously." - "We make most of our olfactory memories as children."
      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL! With a name like "In-and-Out" burger - that's good fodder for all sorts of innuendo. ;) But in this particular case in Texas, the lineup and In-and-Out's name is a total contradiction.
      Guerro
      • 3 Years Ago
      In-N-Out Burger does not franchise its locations. They are all company owned.
      Ravo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everytime I fly back to SoCal, the first stop is always In-N-Out. But I would never wait in that line. LoL, I remember when people did this crap for Crispy Cream. Now nobody cares. Just wait a few weeks guys, the hype will wane and you'll be able to easily get a burger :)
      Robert
      • 3 Years Ago
      Indeed the worst window tinting job ever.
      Hello Nathaniel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are there really THAT many people that are willing to wait in a 3 hour long line JUST to get a burger? I mean, come on, even if they're good, in a few day you'll only wait 10 minutes for one. I've never even heard of this place.
        DC Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hello Nathaniel
        In the time they spent waiting in line they could have picked up some potato salad, freshly ground beef, and supplies at the local grocery store. Fired up the grill, spiced up a big, fat, hand-made patty (McCormicks Montreal Steak Seasoning and hamburger spice, and a little Goya Adobo). And cooked an awesome burger just the way they like it. I don't care how good people say I-N-O is, ANYBODY can charcoal grill a better burger on their own. It's too easy.
          ravenosa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DC Mike
          Jeez, you left out MSG! Salt+pepper is plenty. Burgers really don't need dill or coriander, or "hamburger spice", or adobo, or every other thing sitting on your spice shelf...
      Chad Miller
      • 3 Years Ago
      i drove by this cluster... crazy. i havent went there yet but my wife has and she says its pretty good. i just dont think its wait in like 2 hours good.
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTF???
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL It's funny to see the long line at an In-N-Out Texas. We had the same thing happen here in SoCal (where In-N-Out is from) when the Sonic opened. Of course no one goes to the Sonic anymore because they've tasted it, but for about a week it was huge. Also, my dear Texan friends, try ordering your fries well done and an animal style burger. Even though they have a very small menu, they will do pretty much anything you ask to the burgers including grilled onions or making your double in to a triple or 4x4. They will even make you a grilled cheese or make your burger with a lettuce wrap.
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