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In-N-Out Burger in Dallas: Let’s Talk About It

Animal style double double in Long Beach.

My good friend Evan and I like to go to In-N-Out Burger. On a slow news day Evan half-heartedly encourages me to “throw up a post” on In-N-Out to get SideDish moving. It’s a hot topic and it keeps Twinwillow busy.

Rumors about In-N-Out Burger coming to Dallas have been swirling for years. I am sick of calling headquarters and getting the usual corporate retort: “At the moment we have no plans, blah, blah, blah, but that doesn’t mean that blah, blah, blah in the future.”

So last week when I shared a meal with a commercial real estate dude who promised me he was “on the inside” of the deal, I kept quiet. He gave me specific sites and growth plans and business strategies. I thought, wow I’m finally going to get confirmation and this is really going to happen.

Then I started to think. If In-N-Out Burger came to Dallas, where would I eat when I go to Las Vegas? Or Phoenix? Or Napa Valley?

Jack Bauer couldn’t save Krispy Kreme Donuts in Dallas.

Any of you remember the craziness that surrounded Krispy Kreme Donuts when they opened in Dallas? It was like an intense rescue scene from Season 7 of 24: A helicopter hovers over an urban Krispy Kreme store where thousands of innocent customers wait for hot donuts. Inside, a Russian terrorist inserts tiny nuclear rods into the cinnamon twists rolling off the line. Jack Bauer dangles on a rope from a helicopter. Spoiler alert: He  kills ten terrorists and hands a small Middle Eastern child a bag of warm glazed donuts. Fade out.

Sorry, I  got a little off track there but the point is that even Jack Bauer couldn’t save Krispy Kreme. Last year they closed nearly half of their Dallas-area stores.

I love the thrill of hitting an In-N-Out when I’m out of town. It’s a guilty pleasure.  Perhaps putting an In-N-Out Burger location by Bachman Lake would ruin the allure, mystique, and fascination of procuring an animal-style double double. Should we be careful what we ask for?

  • Twinwillow

    @Peggy ~ I Love, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Montecito). However, I don’t think they can hold a candle to Pearl Cup or Drip here in Dallas.

  • TripleWildcat

    Never fails. When In-N-Out is mentioned the cynics jump at the chance to shout “overrated!” People, it’s a burger. It’s not life-changing. And like said above, you gotta order a double-double. I would bet most of those who cry “overrated” just order a single, no cheese.
    The reason INO hasn’t come here yet is that it’s family-owned and they don’t like to move too fast and overreach. That’s what Krispy Kreme did. Plus, it’s donuts. You’re not going to eat donuts as often as hamburgers. Steak and Shake? Hangover food. Not going to do well as a new entry, especially in suburbs.
    But INO has an aura of quality and trendiness that it should do well, especially with the suburban crowd. Those people can’t get enough of Chick-fil-A, and if you want to talk overrated (and over-priced), it starts with Chick-fil-A.
    Just hate that when INO finally gets here, it will only be in the far-flung suburbs. No way they put one inside the LBJ loop, not in the first wave, anyway.
    And as for local joints, the No. 5 Special at Keller’s comes closest to the INO double-double.

  • joser

    all we need is a Tommy’s chili burger and a Shakey’s Pizza and we would all be happy. Whataburger doesnt even compare to In N Out, the burgers are disgusting…all the CALI people know what im talkin about

  • imjustsaying

    INNOUT has been talking about Texas for 20 years. Part of their master plan to expand east and then back west to fill in the gaps. The Burgers are made from quality ingredients and are pretty consistent. The patties are pretty small though. The fries look like McDonalds fries but taste like *@&%. Bottom line is it’s a good burger, and they do pay well so if you’re looking for a job…jump in line!

  • captain

    I admit it, I started the rumor.

  • Freedom

    I too agree that In n Out is probably the most overrated burger joint I’ve ever been too. Wasn’t bad, just nothing special. Doubt I would ever go over Whataburger or Burger House.

  • JS

    Burger House? Really? I would rather have a hamburger with doodoo as the meat than Burger House. And there is no way that Burger House comes anywhere close to In-N-Out. The folks on here touting the virtues of a Whataburger double have convinced me to give it a try one day soon. But today, Maple & Motor it is!

  • DGirl

    Dear JS, thank you for using doo doo in such an awesome comment. Love, DGirl

  • Chuck

    JS-you are now my leader

  • Echo

    4 Years ago they openned a In and Out in Reno… 1st day, you couldn’t get near the place… and a 1 to 2 hour wait was a requirement! Then they openned a second about 6 months down the road, and it too was a 1 hour wait! I know if they open one here in Dallas… They better build Double-Double cause.. the wait of a Burger and Fries is going to be a very LONG wait!! And hell yeah I’ll work for them they have great wages!!

  • Geof

    Unfortunately this rumor pops up about as often as the rumors of Disney building a theme park in Texas & holds about as much water.

    The company is family owned & it does NOT franchise. Partially because they ship every thing fresh daily, so new markets mean new corporate warehouses. A major part of the appeal is that everything is fresh & the quality is not something they’ll compromise.

    I had called the company a few times letting them know that if they opened a store at the corner of Park & Preston, they’d have a license to print money. All of my fellow transplanted Californians in the Metroplex would have made sure of it.

    But take heart – at least DFW didn’t pranked like NYC did this April Fool’s Day about INO.

  • Turtle

    I can’t believe there are people that even attempt compare Steak&Poop to In-n-Out Burgers. Their pattys are so thin you can literally see through them. Steak&Shake barely ranks above a basic cheeseburger from McD’s & doesn’t even come close to measuring up to What A Burger much less INO.
    I’m a Cali native by birth & IMO other than an original Big Boy from Bob’s Big Boy(it was sad to see that empire collapse, only a few left these days) or Double Double & shake from INO is the only thing I miss from CA. What-A-Burger & INO in the same area would be like finding fast food burger heaven.

  • Kevin

    Not one person here mentioned Mooyah. I have eaten over 1,000 Double-Doubles in my life so I know them well but Mooyah burgers are pretty close in quality (not taste).

    But the best burger I’ve found in Dallas comes from a literal hole-in-the-wall. It is located in the downtown Dallas underground underneath the Bank of America building. It is called Melters and their burgers AND fries are amazing. I’ll take those over In-N-Out any day. I just wish they would expand.

  • Brandon

    I don’t understand any of these people posting comments here. Whataburger is mediocre. It’s no better than Jack-in-the-Box or Wendy’s. Carl’s Jr. is way better than Whataburger. And In-n-Out beats the hell out of Carl’s Jr. Saying Whataburger is better than In-n-Out is like saying that McDonalds is better than White Castle. Seriously, Whataburger is overrated. In-n-Out is not. There is a reason there’s a 10-15 minute wait for In-n-Out and there’s never any wait for Whataburger.