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8 Things You Might Not Know About In-N-Out

Hint: There are a few secret menu items you haven’t heard about.

In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant in Westwood, California. In-N-Out Burger is a private company with 313 locations.Michael Gordon/Shutterstock

Founded in 1948, In-N-Out was California’s first drive-thru hamburger chain—famous for its short and sweet menu of savory eats. (Get our copycat recipes here.) And while there are now hundreds of drive-throughs across the West Coast, In-N-Out remains iconic as the first. It is synonymous with the cool California lifestyle, drawing tourists from all over the world to one of their 300+ locations. Besides the burgers, find out what else is drawing folks in.

A secret menu exists

Depiction In-N-Out Burger drive-in restaurant at Pasadena Police Classic Car Show. In-N-Out Burgers, Inc. is a chain of restaurants United States West and Southwest.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

Most In-N-Out fanatics know about ordering their burgers animal style (all the fixin’s plus a top-secret sauce). But you can also order your burgers 3×3 (three patties) or even a 4×4 with—you guessed it—four patties. That’s a lot! Here’s more on the chain’s not-quite-secret menu, and check out other secret menu items from your favorite restaurants.

In-N-Out gear is available

A row of hangers with t-shirts. Sale of T-shirts.Sergei Babenko/Shutterstock

You can show off your love for In-N-Out with everything from a classic t-shirt to a Swarovski crystal keychain or black silk tie donning the classic crossed palm trees. Maybe a gift for your favorite In-N-Out super fan?

Julia Child loved In-N-Out

Julia Child Chef and author Julia Child holds tomatoes in the kitchen at her home in Cambridge, Mass. More than a decade after her death, the foundation she created finally is launching a culinary award named in her honor. The Julia Child Award, which will be named annually, will be presented to someone who has improved how Americans think about food and cooking. The first winner will be announced in August 2015 and the award will be presented in OctoberJon Chase/Shutterstock

Julia Child was a huge fan of the iconic chain. Yes, that’s right, one of the most revered chefs of all time was such a fan that she would carry a list of locations in her handbag, and she apparently had her assistant bring her burgers in the hospital while recovering from knee surgery. Bon appétit! 

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