OK, In-N-Out is considered pretty darn good, but have you ever tried one without all the toppings? I did--bun, meat, cheese, and you know what--it sort of sucked. I'm bummed, because this was one of my favorites before I tried some good cheeseburgers. Ignorance was bliss.
- The butter on the toasted bun overwhelmed the other flavors....at first.
- The beef was rubbery, bland, and thoroughly overcooked--the texture and crunch came from the bun.
- It was dry--this burger actually needed the toppings to make it moist enough to get down without a lot of beverage.
- It was salty as hell. That's about all that I tasted--salt and butter. Without that Thousand Island sauce to provide a sweet counterpoint, this was an overly salty dish.
- The beef had no aged or iron notes to provide even a little complexity.
- It's too bad that the Secret Menu didn't have a "good burger" option.
- The fries were miserable. Mealy, mealy, mealy, rubbery, and limp.
PS--the fries are much better at Five Guys, too.
Burger Review : Not great.