On a recent trip to California, a discussion of fast food restaraunts ensued. This being only my second time in southern California, or Cali in general, I was telling these guys about Whataburger. Now my buddy who lives in Cali is from San Antonio, so he knows about Whataburger, but his best bud is from Buffalo (who actually prefers Jack-in-The-Box). They took me to an IN-N-Out, claiming that the fries were the best. They definitely were less greasy, but seemed lacking in flavor. The burger was fine. The shake, which is supposedly made of natural ingredients, was average to me. I guess that I am used to the fake emulsifier shakes. Anyway, when I go for shakes or soft serve ice cream, I go for Dairy Queen. I am generally not one to go to fast food chains, except Whataburger. The burgers are bigger than average, but mostly I go for breakfast taquitos.
Checking out the web sites, In-n-Out is all company owned, which is cool. Whataburger has many more places. It is in the top 10 of restaurant chains in the U.S., although it is only in the South, between Arizona and Florida, not getting north of Tennesee. Whataburger has places in Mexico.
I have a cultural bias, but I prefer Whataburger. Although In-n-Out has a similar loyal customer base in California.
So, what do you prefer? As long as it is not McDonalds or Burger King. Let’s keep it to burger joints. Please don’t tell me how great Subway is, because it is not.
Subway (not good) vs. Schlotsky’s vs. Quisno’s can be discussed in another thread.