Mon, 12/10/12 1:35 PM
Saturday November 24, 2012 (cont.) On the way back to the hotel, we passed an In-N-Out Burger in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. As fate would have it, this is the location that is mentioned in the Roadfood review. Even though this is part of a big national chain, I had never been to one before and thought it was high time I tried it. Neither TTM nor Mariton were interested in eating, so I thought about going through the drive-thru. But there was at least 25 cars in line. And just parking in the lot and going in was an adventure because of the big crowds. Anyway, I looked over the small menu board and decided on the double-double, which is double meat and double cheese. And despite the fact that this was my first visit, I knew enough from reading about it here on Roadfood that they have a secret menu and told them to make it animal style. The young man who was calling out the numbers for the order was efficient, extremely polite and did it with great style. His name? According to the nametag, Justice. How come my parents didn't give me a cool name like Justice? While I was inside, TTM and Mariton told me that my vehicle was hit twice by other car's doors. Back in my hotel room, I found out exactly what animal style was. Apparently, this means they put a small animal on your burger, because whatever it was, it ate right through my bag. For a fast food burger burger, this was a keeper. The meat actually tastes like real beef and they use fresh ground meat, never frozen. And that makes a big difference of why they are significantly better than the McDonald's and Burger King's of the world. While this was not even close to being the best burger I ate on this trip, I would not hesistate to eat at an In-N-Out Burger again. BTW, the fries were cold by the time I started to eat them and most of them got thrown away. But, the strawberry shake was thick and good. TTM also asked me to get him something off their (not so) secret menu and he drank a neopoloitan shake. I spent the next few hours napping and yelling at the tv during the Clemson-South Carolina (don't want to talk about it) football game. Around 9:00PM, the three of us were ready to head back out again and make up for all eating we didn't do so far on this day. I had previously asked TTM if he was interested in going to Killer Shrimp in Marina Del Rey. He said he had eaten there before, loved it, but they were now closed. When I mentioned that they had reopened, this made him very happy and we decided to make the place a priority. The restaurant is right next to the water, but unfortunately, we did not get seated next to the big window. At night time, how much could we really have seen anyway? The atmosphere was young and hip and it did seem like we were a little out of place, at least late on a Saturday night. TTM kept mentioning how completely different this incarnation of the restaurant was from the original. They do have a fairly big menu of seafood and non-seafood items, but all three of us stuck to what they are best known for, Killer Shrimp. They make this very spicy sauce, which according to the menu, simmers for ten hours. Just because I love rice, I ordered the dish over a bed of white rice. Mariton loves noodles, so she got hers over angel hair pasta. And TTM made the veteran move by ordering the original unshelled, which means it is just the sauce, shrimp and a basket full of really good bread for dipping. The shrimp were plump, juicy and tasted incredibly fresh. The sauce was full flavored, vividly spicy and delicious. It tastes like it has Cajun spices in there and I swear I tasted Worcestershire sauce, but TTM was fairly certain that isn't the case. Anyway, everybody loved their dish. Mariton caught on with the bread and started mopping up that great sauce with it, too. I tried to do that one time and the sauce, undiluted by the rice, tore right through me. Thanks goodness I ordered what I did, because I could not have handled either of their dishes. Still, it was hot enough that I needed almost constant refills of my water and iced tea to keep going. As a side, Mariton and I are both huge lovers of sweet potato fries and the version they serve here was as good as we have had anywhere. Thin, extra-crispy, creamy on the inside, we could have eaten many baskets of these. Killer Shrimp was a rousing success! Killer Shrimp 4211 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 310-578-2293 But this was no time to rest, for we still had plenty more eating to do!
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