Why In-N-Out In Texas Stresses Me Out

Posted By on May 20, 2011 in The Places I Go | 39 comments


The arrival of In-N-Out Burger to North Texas has prompted happy tears, 3 hour drive-thru lines, and even made Frisco and Allen popular tourist donation for hungry Oklahomans craving a Double-Double. But it has me completely stressed out.

Now I LOVE In-N-Out. And I LOVE North Texas. But I fiercely believe that every once in a while TWO RIGHTS make a WRONG.

Here is where the tension lies. I am headed to Dallas tonight and can only stay for 2 and a half days. And Texas is the home of so many incredible culinary experiences that I can’t figure out how to work in a trip to In-N-Out into my already overcrowded eating schedule.

I believe with your prayers and advice I can surely figure this out, but it is going to be STRESSFUL.

Here’s the question..If you were in Dallas for two and a half days, which restaurants would you have to visit?

Or…What’s your In-N-Out order?

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  • http://twitter.com/terryweaver terryweaver

    For me a trip to the DFW area ALWAYS means a stop at Joe T. Garcias in Ft. Worth. ALWAYS! 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      That’s some good mexican food! 

  • http://about.me/jamiepruitt Jamie Pruitt

     Double Double animal style, fries animal style.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you (I just hold the onions)!   

  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    The real problem is that living in Seattle means I am 1000 miles from the nearest Chick-fil-A!! Now THAT is a tragedy!

    • http://www.abrahamchronicles.com Dustin

      A tragedy indeed!

      • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

        I’ve considered moving for that reason alone.
        The hankering for waffle fries and chicken sandwiches is overwhelming.

        • http://www.abrahamchronicles.com Dustin

          …and don’t forget about their unbelievable milkshakes!

          • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

            that just makes it WORSE! I will now cry myself to sleep tonight.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      It’s only a matter of time. They are in Southern California. I’m sure they’ll move up the coast eventually. 

  • http://www.abrahamchronicles.com Dustin

     Double double and fries…. w/ a chocolate milkshake!

  • Tim Dahl

    If I found myself in Dallas for 2 days, I would drive to Fort Worth every night!  Granted, I live in Fort Worth… :)

    Dallas, I’m not sure of. But, Kinkaid’s and Tommy’s are legendary over here for burgers. I recently saw an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” which showed a place called “Princes” (I think) in north Arlington; which is supposed to have great Mediterranean food. There is a place on the NW side of Fort Worth, called Lou’s Coffee and Vietnamese Restaurant; which is really good.  Also over here is Alba’s Italian, which is out of this world!

    But Dallas?  I’m just not that sure.

    Tim

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food. I might have to check out Lou’s sometime soon!

  • Loribailey

     Cafe Brazil for sure. Migas & a snickers latte :)

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      That sounds delicious. Haven’t eaten there forever. But I have great memories… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614964764 Duane Stephenson

    Snuffer’s. Mattito’s (or Matt’s). Dickeys. Pappasitos. Every time I go to Big D. Like clockwork.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I think I am going to have to work Snuffer’s in this trip. My parents always want to show me the new restaurants. I just want to enjoy the old faithfuls. :)

      • http://twitter.com/staffordjm Johnie Stafford

         Snuffer’s in McKinney closed. I’m going to have to find another place to get my fix!

  • victoria

     Hmmm,I have an in and out just down the street (SF bay area) and we only go there when we’re going to Southern California (or long car trips)  because I think it makes it more special that way. 

    I haven’t an opinion for you. sorry. Since I have access all the time, my perspective is a bit flawed! (plus I have kids so we never go to nicer “good” restaurants!) 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

       I might have to create a similar rule for myself. Eating it in Texas just doesn’t seem right. But it is so good, how am I to resist?

  • http://about.me/brendancosgrove Brendan Cosgrove

     I’ll pray for you. I pass 3 in-n-outs on my commute.   My order of choice right now, is 3×4 (3meat and 4 cheese) Mustard, Ketchup, Pickles only, protein style (lettuce instead of bun).

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks Brendan! The 3X4, that’s a lot of meat and cheese!

  • http://www.joyeggerichs.com Joy Eggerichs

     It’s funny – but I could actually hear your voice and your texas accent getting a tad bit stronger as you were stressing over this decision. I like you. 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

       It’s mutual. Why do you live so stinkin’ far away?

      • http://www.joyeggerichs.com Joy Eggerichs

        If you valued the freedom to not shave as much as I do, you too would move to the far corner of the country.  And yes…Neapolitan…ask for it with confidence. They will think highly of you. #secretmenu 

        • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

          I didn’t have a razor while I was in Portland. I forgot mine. I couldn’t make it 5 days. I was DYING. I felt SO dirty.

          • http://www.joyeggerichs.com Joy Eggerichs

            And this is why we will never compete for men. Well, you will probably get them all with “hygiene” competency. Oh and sad day – This was officially the first time I have ever gone to California and not gotten In-N-Out. Did you?  

  • http://www.joyeggerichs.com Joy Eggerichs

     p.s. Have you ever asked for a Neapolitan shake?  That is my answer. 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      No. Have you?

  • http://www.musicianswidow.com Denise

    I feel like suddenly two worlds have collided. In-N-Out in the land of Whataburger just feels weird to hear! I… would have to have both. And some Mexican food. Because Nashville just doesn’t know how to do proper Mexican like Texas can.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I agree. So weird.  

  • http://twitter.com/jessicaward86 Jessica Ward

     I try to work in Mi Cocina whenever I’m back in Dallas, but as far as quick burgers go I think I’d have to go for Burgerhouse over In-N-Out…I love In-N-Out, but Burgerhouse = Dallas for me :) 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      So good. I haven’t had it in years. It was a once a week thing growing up though. And, of course, a JD’s Chippery cookie for dessert.  

      • http://twitter.com/jessicaward86 Jessica Ward

        goes without saying :)

      • http://twitter.com/robwthomas Rob Thomas

        I LOVE JD’s Chippery.  Lindsey, did you grow up in Dallas?

        • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

          Yes, I grew up about 2 blocks from JD’s Chippery ;) What I’d give for a lemonade and a warm chocolate chip cookie right about now?

          • http://twitter.com/robwthomas Rob Thomas

            That’s so cool… I actually had JD’s yesterday.  The semi sweet chocolate chip are my favorites.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    First of all, you’re too far north for my Texas roots (I grew up thinking Austin was “up north”). And I’m kind of like Denise on this one. Aren’t there Whataburgers in Dallas? I know Tulsa had one ages ago. If you ever head to San Antonio, I can be more helpful.

    For now, I’m just wondering what’s an In-N-Out?

  • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

    As a Texan, I have to say I would hit up your old favorites. This is your stomping ground and you travel enough to get in-n-out somewhere else! lol.

    Get some really good tex-mex. El Chico is my favorite (I’ve had it outside of Texas…it’s not the same). And maybe some really good steak (lots of great steak houses, I’m sure you know a few!)

    Hit up West Village at least once to eat somewhere high class, but unusual.

    Check out some of the places popping up in Frisco if you’ve got the time. There’s plenty of food there (like in-n-out) that you can’t find in the rest of the metroplex.

    Good luck, Lindsey!