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For Now, In-N-Out Burger is Staying Out of Dallas

in-n-out1In my next life, I want to come back as an In-N-Out Burger location in Dallas: All of my ingredients would be fresh; my employees would be happy; my customers would wait patiently in my drive-through or at my counter just to get a bite of me. I would be loved, ageless, popular, hot, single, and open 24 hours. Occasionally, I would satiate the odd customer by serving up a double or animal-style delight. I would be here to please and loved by millions. Tiger Woods and his wife would text me.

But that is not going to happen. And, for now, In-N-Out Burger has no plans to open in Texas. Yes, dear Dishers, the rumors that In-N-Out has secured at lease at fill-in-the-blank in Dallas are not true. The corporate office confirmed the sad fact again this morning. Several people have reported that Smashburger is doing a (beat, beat) smashing job. Anyone tried a Smashburger?

  • Sassy

    Sidedish Sidenote: Chick-Fil-A is coming to LA, and I am very excited!

  • http://dallasprogress.blogspot.com Michael Davis

    I went to Smashburger when they opened and I think they’re one of the best in Dallas.

    http://dallasprogress.blogspot.com/2009/11/smashburger-one-of-best.html

  • Stephanie

    Smashburger? I wanted to like it, really I did. The staff was so friendly, but the burgers were average.

  • tb

    OK. If In-N-Out is out, let’s all take a deep breath and think lovely thoughts for Dallas: “Trader Joe’s … Trader Joe’s … Trader Joes …”

  • Scagnetti

    Damn! Damn! Damn! I don’t understand for the life of me why we can’t have an In-N-Out Burger! Arizona has 18 locations and we’ve got zip!

  • http://sidedish.wpengine.com Nancy Nichols

    Scagnetti, the last time I spoke with a real person at In-N-Out, he told me they were always concerned about “the integrity of the brand.” I asked him to explain and he said they like to control the freshness of the product–they grow their own stuff and they worry about transporting lettuce, tomatoes, bread etc. In a way, it’s a good thing. And of course, if we had it here, we would just want something else we can’t have.

  • Sandra

    Go to Mooyah – awesome burger and fries. Most In-N-Out devotees like it just as well.

  • CB

    I love Mooyah, and it’s pretty close to In-N-Out. Btw In-N-Out unfortunately is not open 24 hours.

  • Rawlins Nichol-Plated

    **If anyone in Dallas is seriously feeling deprived of great hamburger fare of all stripes and categories, they are either:
    >> agoraphobic shut-ins
    >> vegans
    >> blind (and single)
    >> in need of a GPS and selected meds
    >> suffering early onset dementia

    **La Nancy, having gone through the excruciating exercise of doing a Best Burger in Dallas issue a couple years ago (Wingfield’s won), could instantly list 25 places between flipping her hair and the bird. To which I would add of all things Fiesta. And the Riverside Grill on Riverfront.

    Now if there was just an inexpensive fresh and healthy, light and delicious seafood place where fried was not the default mantra,……..

  • http://madewithair.vox.com air

    I’ve stopped pining for In-N-Out after trying out Tornado Burger in Houston. It was hard to admit it at first, but I really think their take on the double-double is better than In-N-Out or any of the other fast food chains spreading all over texas.

    Wish Tornado Burger would come up to Dallas!

  • gl

    I ABSOLUTELY second Trader Joe’s! They’re in OHIO of all god forsaken places — why not Dallas?? Oh come, all ye TJ’s… we shall love and appreciate thee!

  • Steven

    i tried In-N-out 6 or so years ago and wasn’t blown away…that was before I knew how great it was supposed to be….tried it again when in LA last month and still not impressed with the burger….but very impressed with the amount of business that was there at 10pm on a weekday!!

    My new fave in Dallas is Five Guys’ along with old standbys, Cactus Jacks and Angry Dog!

  • barkdognow

    In-N-Out is really scared about taking on the Texas Giant, Whataburger, that’s the main reason they are not here already.

  • http://www.thebradsblog.com TheBrad

    My office is in Addison, and smashburger is now in our lunch rotation. Sexy pics here:
    http://www.thebradsblog.com/food/2009/12/quick-bite-smashburger-addison.html

  • mikenfrisco

    I think the issue is, to really compete in this market, you’ve got to open up multiple stores. Steak and Shake can compete because you can sit down and get waited on plus the menu is more complex (as a burger joint can be I suppose). If you open up just one In-N-Out, there will be lines 30 cars deep just waiting to try it. Most people will be disappointed, and it will be resigned to a Rax-like fate (obscure reference). Who is going to drive 20-25 minutes to get a fast food burger? Hardly anyone save for California transplants who insist-everything-is-better-in-California-but-I-moved-here-because-it’s-so-much-cheaper-but-I-will denegrate-most-Texas-foods-anytime-I-can. Personally I think they are wayyyy overrated – Californians that is. In-N-Out? Eh.

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