Everyone raves and raves about In-N-Out, making it seem like the best burger joint in the country. People wear shirts to promote it and make it their first stop when they fly into California. Before I moved to California, I thought I was really missing out.
But then I tried it — and I was disappointed.
While the burger might be decent, the fries are horrid. They are dry, crumbly and sometimes soggy. One might ask, how is a fry soggy and dry at the same time? Truthfully, I don’t know, but somehow In-N-Out fries are.
While I wouldn’t consider myself a fry connoisseur, I do think of myself as someone who knows what good food tastes like, and In-N-Out fries do not make the cut. McDonald’s isn’t the best fry place in town either — check out Chick-fil-A for that — but at least I can eat edible fries from McDonald’s.
McDonald’s fries are salty, crunchy and taste like a solid potato. There is enough in the box to make you full, but not enough to make you feel stuffed. They are the perfect size to dip in ketchup, and they aren’t floppy like the In-N-Out fries.
The In-N-Out fries aren’t even somewhat good. They taste like cardboard, don’t have any salt and sometimes don’t even taste cooked. After a good burger, you’d expect some good fries, but you can’t get that with In-N-Out. Those fries go straight in the trash.
In addition, McDonald’s fries are cheaper for students on a budget. Medium fries from McDonald’s are $1.79, while medium fries from In-N-Out are $1.95, according to the McDonald’s and In-N-Out websites. Not to mention, to drive to In-N-Out, you have to go at least 30 minutes, but McDonald’s is right down the street.
While In-N-Out might be popular in California, McDonald’s is popular everywhere. If In-N-Out starts making tastier fries, then maybe they could expand all over the world. But, for now, if I’m ever looking for a good meal of French fries, I’ll be saving the gas money and heading to McDonald’s.
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