Well, on our third trip to Las Vegas, we finally managed to make it to In and Out Burger, a local chain with shops in Nevada, California and Arizona (maybe more, I can't remember).
We arrived at lunchtime on a Monday and witnessed a very long drive-thru line, which was fine because we wanted to go inside and enjoy a full-blown In and Out experience. What was interesting was that they had an actual human being out there in the drive-thru line taking the orders. I didn't see if there was also a radio type ordering set-up, but in any event, this guy out there was hustling orders faster than the cars could roll in.
Upon entering the shop, we found that it was bright and clean and well-organized. Step up to the counter with nary a line and place your order. There's not much to mull over: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Double Double, fries, shakes, sodas. That's it. No pressed nuggets, no "onion" rings, no shake-em-up-salads in a cup, no yogurt, just burgers and fries. We, of course, opted for two double doubles. Is that a quadruple? Who knows. We were given a number, found a seat and waited for a few minutes until our number was called. Efficient can't begin to describe the operation here.
The double double contains two thin patties, lettuce, tomato, onion (optional), two slices of American cheese (of the orange variety) and a fresh bun. There was also some thousand island type sauce but not too much of it that it was sloppy. Very tasty! The vegetables were nice and fresh, the lettuce crispy and onions not too thick.
You could see the prep area from the seating area and I watched as the potatoes were being freshly cut and fried. They were thin and crispy, of odd lengths and nice and hot. I am not at all fond of those stupid little ketchup packets of which you need to awkwardly squeeze about 20 to get enough for a single order of fries. Thankfully, In and Out provides a squirt system where you can dispense as much of the red stuff you want into little paper cups.
This is what a fast food burger joint should be. I managed to snap off one shot of the food before Craig balked.