:20: The Ins and Outs of Success

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, I have always known that In N Out burgers were amazing, but I never knew how famous they were until I went to college just one state over at the University of Oregon.

Everyone knows about how wonderful In N Out burgers are and about half the people I talk to ask about it or comment on how jealous they are of me for growing up with them.

“Is there really a secret menu?” / “How often do you get In N Out when you’re home?” / “What do you usually order?”

Yes, there is a secret menu and it is awesome. I get In N Out about 3 or 4 times a week when I’m home, possibly even more. And when I order, I get the same basic thing: a double double animal style with no lettuce or tomato plus at least one side of fries and if I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll get a half-chocolate half-vanilla shake, too.

I think what makes In N Out so great is their quality of service. While other fast food restaurants were trying to make the most food with as little money as possible, In N Out was focused on making burgers with the best ingredients while treating both its customers and employees with the highest respect.

And that is why they have been so successful. That is why people from all around the country ask Californians about the best burgers in the world.


:7: Fast Food Restaurants: Here’s a Tip

So I finished my first class this morning at 9:45 and started to wonder what to do with my extra time since I usually don’t have class until 11 or later.

Then I remembered the greatest thing about being awake before 10, which is this:

The breakfast menu isn’t always where you’ll find the gems on fast food menus, but if you’ve never had one of these, then let me be the first to introduce you to the Breakfast Burger from Carl’s Jr.

Although it doesn’t compare with burgers form In N’ Out or Five Guys, this is a fantastic burger and it’s only about 4 bucks. The reason I was excited after class was because I realized I had just enough time to go snag one of these from Carl’s Jr. before they stopped serving breakfast.

Of course, this got me to thinking of why Carl’s Jr. would keep such a delicious item from their menu for more than 80% of each day.

I don’t eat a TON of fast food, but I’m not a health nut either. My friends and I thoroughly enjoy this burger when we get the chance and we would certainly visit Carl’s Jr. more often if it was available 24/7.

In fact, I would even argue that McDonald’s could greatly benefit from serving breakfast all day, but alas, we must arrive between 6 and 10:30 if we want a couple of Sausage McMuffins.

This wouldn’t even be that big of a deal, except Jack in the Box serves its breakfast all day, so why don’t McDonald’s or Carls Jr. do that?

If I ever run one of these companies I’ll make sure breakfast is served all day, everyday. You have my word.

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