Saturday, July 31, 2010

Guest #28, your order is ready.

Rating: 7.9/10

The best thing about this meal was that the texture of both the fries and the burger (including bun) were perfect. I had to add some S&P to the fries but other than that great. But remember, how the meal tastes when I get it is factored into the rating as well. So it gets a few tenths of a point taken off. The major issue with #28 is the taste of the burger. It had a slightly off taste to it. I couldn't figure out what the odd tasting ingredient was but towards the end I was done with it. I actually did not finish the last bite :(

I sat outside at one of the 2 seater tables, and outside usually means nothing really of interest happening. As I was in line though I heard somebody ahead of be get guest number 26. I was nervous about the possibility of getting my first duplicate. Thankfully I pulled 28, the closest I could have possibly been to a dupe (given I have had 29 already).

I should also start asking for just one tomato. I almost always get two slices, but I never want two slices.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sweet, Sweet In-N-Out

I haven't been to In-N-Out Burger in a week, but I plan on going tomorrow. However, this will mark the longest period of not having In-N-Out since this whole thing started. Yes, 8 whole days. I'm already planning on making up for it by going again Tuesday and then likely Thursday during a trip I am taking to Arizona.

I really wanted to go today, but time constraints prevented me from doing so.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Guest #80, your order is ready.

Rating: 7.75/10

Once again the biggest issue affecting taste is the fries. Just overdone and not with the right amount of salt/pepper. The burger bun was too hard around half the edge and the tomato on the burger wasn't that great (it was ripe but too hard).

A side note on this meal. I really enjoy In-N-Out, obviously, but this is the overall meal I fear new customers will get at In-N-Out. Obviously having anything sub-par isn't going to be good, but if you get this after everybody raves about the food you'd be disappointed. You wouldn't think it is bad by any means, but you wouldn't understand the worship of it. However, sub-par In-N-Out Burger is still better than 90% of everything else out there.

Things to note: Ran into a former co-worker. Outside of that I wasn't really observing the crowd today as I was talking to the people I went with, plus we sat at the furthest away table outside so there wasn't much to see. Sorry, I'll have to be on the lookout next time. I gotta say, I'm disappointed in Alex F for ruining my non-repeating cashier streak.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Guest #67, your order is ready.

Rating: 8/10

Man I am having to pick to find something wrong with the burger...only thing I could say is I would have liked some more lettuce. The fries are the big issue this time, and the reason for the lower score. Not quite sure the picture does it justice, but about 15% of the fries were overdone or just very brown on the ends. The ones I did eat were still good though.

This was the first time since starting the 1-99 deal that I ordered to go and ended up eating there. Generally if I think it's overly busy and I won't get a table, I'll order to go just in case. And in all honesty, there hasn't been one time that I've done that in which I didn't find a table.

Thanks to Blaine for contributing to the continued streak of original cashiers, which is now standing at 14. It's only about 2.5 hours since I ate but I am already starving!

Lastly, do they have water proof pouches for iPhones? I could have sworn I saw some guy with an iPhone in a see through plastic pouch around his neck.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lunch or Dinner? Weekday or weekend?

So I generally eat In-N-Out Burger during lunch breaks at work, but try to go on weekends every now and then. Today at lunch I made the decision to eat McDonald's instead of In-N-Out, thinking I'll go ahead and eat there tomorrow.

Man, I was not satisfied. Keep in mind I don't actually eat burgers at McDonald's (actually pretty much nowhere outside of In-N-Out). McNuggets and fries is the McDonald's meal for me. But still, despite being something different it was just not good enough for me today.

So that makes tomorrow all the more exciting. At some point in time during the day I plan on having In-N-Out Burger in my it's just a matter of lunch or dinner.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Guest #24, your order is ready.

Rating: 8.9/10

A few minor issues. Diet Coke wasn't bad, but it did have a bit too much carbonation. Burger would have been perfect, but I had to rip off some of the tomato because it wasn't completely ripe (it was green and hard in the center). Lastly, the fries could have been just slightly more crispy.

So with those issues why is it rated the 2nd best meal up to this point? Despite only being 5 days since the last visit I had a lot of anticipation. I think that offset the issues, which were very minor.

The streak is still alive! The cashier was named Chelsea again...but looking at the last name initials it was apparently a different Chelsea. 13 visits now with no duplicate number and no repeat cashier. How long can it last?

Guest #74, your order is ready.

Rating: 8.75/10

As far as taste goes this was probably the 2nd or 3rd best visit since I started. The complaints are minor in that the fries were actually over salted this time. But texture wise they were perfect. Also the bun was too crispy and unfortunately for me the last bite was the worst bite of the entire thing. But hey, at least the Diet Coke was fine this time.

Note: So not really specific to this visit but I just noticed that since I've started this, 12 visits, I have not yet had a cashier help me twice. Wonder how long that will last? Also, this was the first time sitting outside since I started this.

Guest #61, your order is ready.

Rating: 8.5/10

There was nothing wrong with the burger, at all. The fries were unfortunately not seasoned whatsoever. In a strange twist of taste events, the Diet Coke was slightly off.

Lastly, I've now decided to rate the taste of each visit out of 10.

Note: While waiting in line there was one lady in front of me. She was standing like 4 feet from the registers and kept taking steps backwards. I swear I thought she was going to fall into me. Luckily when she was like 2 inches away she finally got called up to the register.

Guest #44, your order is ready.

Rating: 9.5/10
(this was retroactively applied after deciding to rate the meals)

Best meal of the 10 visits so far. This is what In-N-Out should always taste like. Only 2 very minor complaints. 2nd half of the fries had a ever so slight "chewy" quality to them. A part of the bun on the outside was a bit too crispy. Everything else was perfect.

Interesting item: A guy sitting next to my wife and I seemed to enjoy In-N-Out even more than I do. He was putting fries and extra "secret sauce" on his burger and, I kid you not, was moaning when he took his first bite. Also, before he took his first bite he told his buddy "I'm gonna throw down with this burger".

Guest #59, your order is ready.

Bun was kinda stale on one side and the tomato had green seeds. The fries were perfectly cooked and for the most part perfectly seasoned, unfortunately I got that batch where you get a lot of the tiny slivers that are crunchy.

Honestly, the most interesting thing this visit is that it's the first time a person appeared in the picture of the food!

Guest #93, your order is ready.

Looks lopsided, just needed some lettuce organization. The first two bites were odd because the majority of the bites were just hamburger (should have taken a picture from the other side). Fries were cooked almost perfectly, but needed a generous amount of salt added. Diet Coke was same as always.

Item of note: This is more like a frustrating note. As I was standing waiting for a seat, a guy by me just kept hacking up a lung. Eventually he went and got a napkin and went outside, when he came back in there was a thankful lack of hacking. Especially considering he sat next to me for like 5 minutes afterwards.

I can't wait for the day somebody asks why I'm taking a picture of my meal.

Guest #21, your order is ready.

Almost the perfect In-N-Out meal. The only minor issues were w/ the fries. If they were cooked just a tad more and also salted more then this would have been In-N-Out heaven.

Interesting things - Not much. Time on the receipt was 12:34. Also, there was some kid who was sitting in one of the movable chairs right in the middle of where everyone walks. Teens are obnoxious these days.

On a side note, this was the picture where I really started getting the groove of things. Receipt with the food is much easier.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Guest #83, your order is ready.

Fries needed a bit of extra salt and were mostly fine but a few were too crunchy. No issues with the burger or soda. The tomato you see behind the burger is common because there is always 2 tomato slices on my burger so I get rid of one of them.

Strange/Interesting thing - As I was leaving I saw a man and a woman, probably in their 30s. The man was taking a picture of the In-N-Out sign before they went in. I guess going to In-N-Out is a big deal to some people ;)

Guest #71, your order is ready.

Fries were a bit "chewy" or "rubbery", which is unusual. The bun was a bit hard on one side, so I just ate that side first. And the ratio of carbonated water to syrup in the soda was a bit off.

As always though, enjoyable.

Guest #88, #29, #48, and #54, your orders are ready.

These were early on and had no description or picture of the meal itself. I figured I would just post this in a chunk to have less clutter.


Welcome to "In-N-Out: From 1 to 99". So what is this blog about? It's very simple. If you've ever been to an In-N-Out burger you will likely know that when ordering they give you a "Guest Number" on the receipt. This is the number they call out when your order is ready. Back on May 10th (2010) while my wife and I were at In-N-Out I made a passing remark about how I don't believe I have ever been #1 or #99.

Now to most people this is likely the case anyways. But I frequent In-N-Out on a weekly basis, with the last 2 months averaging a visit every 4.8 days. There have been times over the last 5 years or so that I could not do this (for instance, I was in MA for 9 months), but it's fairly consistent.

Going off of that it would seem likely that I would have had at least one of those two numbers. I've been to In-N-Out Burger hundreds of times. So I thought, out loud, "I wonder how long it would take me to get all of the numbers, 1 through 99". And thus my adventure started. Since that day until this post I have been to In-N-Out Burger 13 times. I have received 13 original numbers...oddly enough from 13 different cashiers. How long will it take me to get 1 through 99? Well at this rate it wouldn't take too long, but obviously at some point math will come into play and it will probably take years.

So, here is how it works. I go to In-N-Out, I get my meal (#2 no onions, which consists of a cheeseburger, fries and a drink, which I get Diet Coke), I take a picture after I've "prepared" it for eating, then I eat. This process has evolved from originally just taking a picture of the receipt and posting it to taking a picture of the meal as well, to describing the meal, to having an interesting note on any many visits as possible, and finally to rating the meal.

Yes, it's a process. Up until now this has only been available for my friends on Facebook. Not anymore though. Expect 13 new posts soon, which will also let you see how the posts evolved, and of course expect any new visits to be posted the same evening as the visit happened (of course, things do come up so this might not always happen).