In-N-Out Burger opened its first Oregon location today. Unfortunately for Portlanders, it's all the way down in Medford. But judging from the lines, maybe some Portlanders made the trip? According to The Oregonian, the line started at 4 p.m... yesterday.
You may be asking yourself, What makes people go nuts over In-N-Out? Isn't it just a fast-food burger chain from California? Why of all people was Julia Child a fan, and why do some people wear In-N-Out sandals and windbreakers? While we may not have all the answers, we can share insight into the most important thing about In-N-Out: its secret menu.
When you walk into In-N-Out, you'll see a very basic menu that more or less just has sodas, shakes, fries, and a burger, which you can order plain, with cheese, or with two patties and cheese.
What you don't see are the secret menu options:
Animal Style: Order an animal-style burger and you'll get a regular burger plus pickles, the very special In-N-Out spread, and grilled onions. Additionally, the burger itself is "mustard cooked." Importantly, you can also order animal-style fries, which come drenched in said spread.
Grilled Cheese: Fear not, vegetarians! In-N-Out does have a veggie-friendly option: the grilled cheese. It's American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and that spread again, between two buns (grilled onions optional).
Protein Style: Gluten-free? This burger sans bun comes wrapped in lettuce. Yum. 3x3, 4x4, 100x100: Someone at In-N-Out solved the age-old question: What happens when you multiply meat times meat? The "3x3" comes with three burgers and three slices of cheese on one bun; the "4x4" comes with four burgers and four slices of cheese on one bun; the "100x100" was just a joke until some guy actually placed the order.
The above are fundamental to ordering at In-N-Out. That said, legend has it there are hundreds of additional secret menu options. Armed with only this knowledge and your hunger, you now get to decide whether to make the drive to Medford.
In-N-Out Burger in Medford is located at 1970 Crater Lake Hwy., Medford, OR 97504.