In-N-Out BurgerBaldwin Park, California was home to the first In-N-Out Burger as it opened in 1948. Harry Snyder and his wife Esther opened the restaurant to offer quality food, including burgers, to their neighborhood. The chain spread slowly throughout Southern California between the 50s and 70s, and when Harry Snyder died, there were 18 restaurants that had been managed closely by the couple to ensure consistency to the In-N-Out Burger brand.

Snyder’s sons, Rich and Guy, took over while still in their 20s after Harry died, and they focused on growth for the next 20 years. By the early 90s the company had spread to 90 locations, but was still located in Southern California. The first out of state location didn’t open until 1992 when a new In-N-Out Burger came to Las Vegas. At this time the chain operates 140 locations, but is still focused in the South Western area of the United States.

In-N-Out Burger Double DoubleWhile other chains offer numerous burger variations, In-N-Out remains old fashioned. Customers can order a hamburger, a cheeseburger or a Double-Double that features double meat and double cheese. Burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, optional onion and a special spread. However, customers can also order a variety of special burger combinations that aren’t listed on the in-store menu but that can be found on the online “Secret Menu”.       These include the Animal Style burger with grilled onions and cooked in mustard, and veggie burgers.

In-N-Out Burger may be limited to a specific region of the country, but their influence is felt in movies, songs and books read around the world. The Secret Menu has inspired many scavenger hunt style searches for new menu items, and the unique 4×4 burger is one of the largest available with four patties and four slices of cheese.