First Texas In-N-Out Location to Open in May

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The OC Register described In-N-Out Burger's latest business move as "a giant leap into uncharted territory." Honestly, you'd think they were pitching tents on the moon. But in this case, they're referring to the beloved California burger chain's decision to fast track an eight location expansion into a "beef-savvy" land better known as the Lone Star State.

In the past, growth beyond the Western states of California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona had been inhibited in part to In-N-Out's use of a central, company-owned meat commissary in Baldwin Park, a business practice many credit with the overall success of the chain. Here, beef from local suppliers is processed and delivered fresh -- not frozen -- to 240 In-N-Out locations every other day.

The company believes that in order to maintain the quality their customers have come to expect, restaurant sites would have to be located within a 500-mile radius of the meat commissary. The move to Texas required a second processing facility, currently housed in a 60,000-square-foot warehouse in Dallas.

But don't get excited just yet. The three locations scheduled to open in May 2011 are all situated in (groan) Dallas and the surrounding areas of Allen and Frisco. While there is talk of possible stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, the company feels that the Dallas-Fort Worth area should keep them busy for several years.



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Chrisjcox79
Chrisjcox79

I just moved from oceanside san Diego to Houston hate it

Victor Hubbard
Victor Hubbard

C'mon In n Out. Man I miss those great burgers. I'm from Houston, I lived in Oceanside, CA (Marine Corps, OOH RAHH) for 7 years. I'm now back home in Houston and I must say, In n Out would definitely and without a doubt do great here in Houston!!!!!!!!  

Real Burger Lover
Real Burger Lover

Looks like a big Mc to me, you need to study the Texas Style burger before coming to Texas. Only eat Mc Trash burgers if very hungry and there is not a convenience mart sandwich around.  at least you don't expect it to taste good. 

Alivinggem
Alivinggem

oh how i miss i my in n out burger.

Sherriv
Sherriv

We all have personal likes and dislikes. If I brag about In N Out to a friend and he tries it he might be disappointed because I have raised his expectations. It is just a hamburger but probably (no not probably) the best fast food hamburger you will ever eat. I have been eating them for 50 years and no I have never gotten tired of them. Glad I do not have to travel to CA to get them any more.

Scott
Scott

In-N-Out is fine, but that's all it is.

I grew up in CA and tried them a couple of times every year (various locations), and was never thrilled enough to become a frequent customer. The fries were especially disappointing: OK, so they go directly from a whole potato to the fryer right before your eyes -- yeah that's fresh -- but if the end product is a greasy soggy pile of limp fries, what's the point?

Some day -- probably too late for me, but maybe in time for my kids -- another long-established Southern California chain will get to Texas: Tommy's. (Original Tommys if you go looking for them on the web.) I think they'd do very well here: All burgers have chili on them, unless you request otherwise (and why would you do that?)

BonRurgundy
BonRurgundy

ohhhhh man, please come to houston...

Executive lunch lady
Executive lunch lady

In and out has just signed the contract for soda system and refrigeration installation for the greater Houston area! This was done last week. So we won't have to wait long! Woohoo!

Poofmom123
Poofmom123

OMG if you came to Houston people would be parked around 4 times the building . i can tell you we will drive to Dallas just for an In-N-Out YAY

Craig
Craig

Allen and Frisco are in Oklahoma, not Texas.

Just count the Okie plates and you'll know I speak the truth.

Busko
Busko

Dallas Sucks

Kikekia18
Kikekia18

"Those are good burgers, Walter."

Jhangten
Jhangten

Don't understand why they picked Dallas over Houston, but I'm glad at the same time. We already have to many chains taking a bite out of our classic burger joints, i.e. Five Guys, The Counter, etc.. I suppose the more you charge for a burger the better you think it is? The "Theory of Exclusivity" at work!

Go With The Flow
Go With The Flow

Been going to the "In-N-Out" in Las Vegas "On-N-Off" since Y2K and was never once impressed. Finally gave up several years ago when I admitted to myself that it was just another fast food burger. Agree with an earlier post that they'll do well for while based solely on their name. But with all the awesome burgers (and you can forget Five Guys and Burger Guys) available to us here in Houston, they can stay in Dallas.

Paul M
Paul M

Nephew is stationed out in Cali and reports that In and Out completely sucks.

Neuleib
Neuleib

PLEASE,PLEASE get some in San Antonio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After eating many in-n-out burgers in Calif. for years, my wife and I crave some from here in Texas. Lyle

BurgerFan
BurgerFan

First of I'd like to say that I'm from Colorado and have lived in Houston for 2 years. I've had In n Out and Whataburger and the freshness and juicy burgers are one of the best I've had at In n Out. I don't understand Texans and their obsession with Whataburger. I've gone back and tried their burgers almost every way possible and it's good but nothing to rave about. I've even brought out of towners and they also were not impressed. Comparing them In n Out to Krispy Kreme is just silly. KK expanded too soon and too fast and the whole low card diet thing also killed them. If grilled jalapenos is all Whataburger has to offer then I'll pass.

H_e_x
H_e_x

It's good food, but people from California have an irrational love of the place.And the Bible verses on the bottom of their cups is a little weird.

Terry
Terry

Having had In-N-Out on trips to California and having also had Whataburger since they were founded 50+ years ago, I'd say INO is in for a rude surprise. They'll do great the first few months because of the reputation. After that I think they'll drop off significantly. They're just no as good as a Whataburger. I'd call them a good Burger King, a back handed complement on a good day.

Just look at Krispy Kreme. They're all gone in Dallas. In fact an old store was just converted to a Whataburger.

Ali
Ali

I had In and Out in LA and was totally unimpressed. It wasn't bad it just wasn't OMG. And you can get a burger of the same caliber at Lucky Burger. Same style- crispy toasted bun, thin patties and way better fries and tots. Throw some Thousand Island on there and you got a reasonable facsimile of In and Out.

Dg2623
Dg2623

I live in Pennsylvania and I'm excited about In-N-Out half a country closer to me. Texas will have 1 more regular visitor. I'm calling Southwest now.

Naturalbalance89
Naturalbalance89

It's still GMO corn fed, hormone and antibiotic laden cow. Not impressed but depressed about the restaurant industry's lack of responsibility in healthcare. You sirs are making us sick. Our food supply is at the heart of our failing health care system. You are contributing to a slow moving tsunami of chronic disease that will bring us down.

Genny Recinos
Genny Recinos

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I MISS THE FAMOUS IN N OUT BURGERS SOO BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luckily their coming here to ughhhh texas C.A is better then tx but ohhh well but stilll SUPPPPER EXCITED(:

Bayou619
Bayou619

what In-N-Out location have you gotten through the drive thru in 5-7 minutes? living in San Diego, I was a regular at this establishment. Never have I moved through a long drive thru in under 10 minutes.

i can see this turning out to be a Fatburger or Roscoe's when they tried to expand. was a hit at first and then quickly fizzled out. add Krispy Kreme to that list.

Roscoe's only expanded to Northern California and failed.

I won't lie though. when in Dallas I will try them out.

eatTX
eatTX

I have tried In-N-Out in San Diego but sorry I prefer a Whataburger with jalapenos!!!

JRMTEX
JRMTEX

In and out definitely isnt for everybody... but like some foods (white castle).. it has a cult following. Their fries are hand cut in the stores in front of you and for a quick fresh greasy experience.. they are definitely a better alternative to many chains. Again, there is no chance that everyone will think its the best they've had.. but when it does open.. you wont be able to touch the place.. Honestly, I put them in the same category as Chic-Fil-A... both chains are run by VERY smart business people who know that the two keys to success is offer a limited menu of quality stuff... and be FASTER than your competition at the drive-thru. I can tell you that no matter HOW long a chic-fil-a line is.. you can count on being through it in 5-7 minutes most any time of day... Unless some jack-wagon orders a malt or shake.. that might slow em' down ;) otherwise the menu is small enough that its quick service during the busiest times of day. This move to Texas will not be a mistake for In-N-Out... no question there.

unclelijah
unclelijah

In-N-Out does a very tasty burger. In Cali they START their employees at 10 or 11 bucks an hour. Governor Goodhair and his class war cronies may just shut 'em down.

Calliope
Calliope

In N Out isn't all that. I didn't even eat them when I lived in California. I tried them a couple of times and they weren't impressive at all. Give me Beck's Prime or Christian's Tailgate any day of the week over these guys.

Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch

I've had In-N-Out twice in my life, both times in southern California (where it's supposed to be the best, right?), and wasn't impressed either time. If they make it to Houston, I'll try 'em... but no way in hell am I going to wait in a huge line like people did for Carl's Jr.'s, nor am I going to travel to Dallas for a "good" fast food burger when we have places that do burgers better here.

Charlotte
Charlotte

I love Tommy's. So good! I haven't been there for over 20 years, same for In N Out. I miss both.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Shut up Kikekia18, you're out of your element.

Jeani
Jeani

But that's the beauty of In-N-Out--their burgers are so cheap! Delicious and cheap and fresh. Looking forward to seeing them in Houston!

Lauren Marmaduke
Lauren Marmaduke

I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing it has something to do with market share. Houston is the largest city in Texas (and the 4th largest city in the US, dammit), yet many media ranking systems lump Dallas and Ft. Worth together, creating the largest market in Texas. On paper it makes sense, but in reality they are separate entities.

Trubble2u2
Trubble2u2

Krispy Creme didnt leave the area because for lack of popularity, Krispy Creme was forced to leave for legal reasons. Krispy Creme was awesome!

DreadFrogGod
DreadFrogGod

Like what happened in Arizona, where there had been Whataburgers forever and then INO came in? There is never a line at Whataburger, and always a line at INO...hmmm...maybe the Not-A-Burger crowd are the ones about to get a rude awakening...

Matthew
Matthew

don't forget about the plot to contaminate our precious bodily fluids through the fluoridation of our water supply!

H_e_x
H_e_x

From the creators of "Der"....

marykk
marykk

Life does give us choices. If it is so bad here please feel free to leave ASAP.

Orng21
Orng21

They said chic fil a, learn to read

Paul Lidberg
Paul Lidberg

Like it failed in Arizona? Oh wait, they are still doing great there...:D

eatTX
eatTX

If Carl Jr's comes inside the loop I'll give them a try but they seem more interested in the suburbs and I only go outside the loop if I’m going out of town.

Kkaboomer3
Kkaboomer3

Would rather have Governor Goodhair, than Governor Baldhead, (who, btw, would have gone the democratic liberal way, and bankrupted this state faster than you could ever imagine! And "class war cronies?" Really??? WOW! That's hilarious.....Obomber was the one who said, "We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money." I wonder if his dear friend Oprah has made enough.....

Beckytschirhart
Beckytschirhart

Where can I go to get a great burger around Reliant Stadium?

Wuwu
Wuwu

In Out does not offer jalepenos and Whataburger does....need a Texan say more?

Reddick
Reddick

Yes Fort Worth and Dallas are separate entities to some degree (mostly in character), but driving between them there is no disconnect, its city/urban the entire way. 2009 census ranks DFW as the 4th largest metropolitan areas with 6.44 million people. In that case no way are they separate entities.

Trubble2u2
Trubble2u2

Why always about politics and that is President Obama to you bubba.

ino129:]
ino129:]

Yeah they do , you have to ask us and we'll give you them. you can also ask for mustard ,ketchup, and pickles on your burgers too.

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