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(The Takeout)   Hey California, the flyover states have you beat in the fast food wars by doing a bigger menu better all around   (thetakeout.com) divider line
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2021-10-17 7:39:50 PM  
That's not something to brag about
 
2021-10-17 9:03:57 PM  
So that's what the kids call it these days.
 
2021-10-17 9:18:04 PM  
Hey California, more heart attacks occur outside your state!  Aren't you jealous!
 
2021-10-17 9:40:58 PM  
Both of those chains are only in a very limited number of states, getouttahere.
 
2021-10-17 9:44:26 PM  
Oh. Does Kansas have In n out?
Not that I give a fark. But still.
 
2021-10-17 10:31:44 PM  
Culvers is OK but pales to the Habit another California chain
 
2021-10-17 10:52:36 PM  
Who wants to win a war for fast food?
 
2021-10-18 12:05:03 AM  

Azlefty: Culvers is OK but pales to the Habit another California chain


What fatty said.
/also fat
 
2021-10-18 12:33:09 AM  
Culvers:

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In 'n Out

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2021-10-18 12:48:59 AM  
The main draw of In-N-Out is branding and aesthetics, not flavor or quality.
 
2021-10-18 12:49:54 AM  

johnny_vegas: Culvers:

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In 'n Out

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Your deception deserves a pummeling
 
2021-10-18 12:51:55 AM  

ImOscar: The main draw of In-N-Out is branding and aesthetics, not flavor or quality.


For a long time, it was better than anything, but competition has caught up. Random food (pizza, tacos, lo-mein, etc) are all a lot better than they were when I was a kid, b/c the new restaurants forced the old restaurants to improve.
 
2021-10-18 1:52:21 AM  

johnny_vegas: Culvers:

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In 'n Out

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No, that's Carl's Jr. Haven' had a slutburger in a while. Cuz the santa fe chicken sammich is the one chicken sandwich to rule them all.

And yes. Overall Culver's is a better restaurant. But in n out has a better burger.

/they both pale in comparison to Bouna or Portillos.
//sanguich.
 
2021-10-18 2:49:46 AM  
If you want to compare menu diversity, Jack-in-the-Box probably has the most variety of any California-based fast-food chain. How would they stack up?
 
2021-10-18 3:52:19 AM  
I don't like how In and Outs fries are frequently cut small nor the texture, but damn it the flavor is good.
 
2021-10-18 4:24:35 AM  
The Attempted Hollywood Strike of 2021 fell through when all those unemployed Guildworkers remembered the value of cold, hard cash

/C.R.3.4.M.
 
2021-10-18 5:32:35 AM  
In N Out does one thing but it does it perfectly. If you want a hamburger but you want it at a fast food level of pricing, In N Out can't be beat by anything I've had. I suspect that it's by limiting their menu that they are able to offer such great hamburgers at those low prices.

On the other hand if you're looking for a large hamburger, or fancy hamburger, or a reinvention of the hamburger, and are willing to spend more money on it, then In N Out won't satisfy you.
 
2021-10-18 5:39:55 AM  
Culver's burger are delicious, but they are very juicy and hard to eat while driving without getting grease all down your shirt. The reuben sandwich is surprisingly good, and a nice change of pace from burgers. The fried cheese curds are amazing. Their dining area is tiled and gets noisy when crowded, especially summer weekends when Culver's doubles as an ice cream joint. But they usually have outdoor tables, and a bit of landscaping to look at while you eat, which is nice.
 
2021-10-18 7:33:40 AM  

ImOscar: The main draw of In-N-Out is branding and aesthetics, not flavor or quality.


The milkshakes are really good.
 
2021-10-18 7:48:28 AM  

Psychopompous: Their dining area is tiled and gets noisy when crowded


I'm guessing that's either a very recent development, or an abandoned early version. Of the half dozen I've been in in the last year, every one I've been in has been carpeted.
 
2021-10-18 8:16:55 AM  
That's great, flyover states!  Does it still take 20 minutes to get a fast food cheeseburger at lunch like it does here?  Cause Habit Burger is faster to make a burger than McDonalds now.

/F eating out
 
2021-10-18 8:41:27 AM  
Winning the "fast food wars" isn't the accomplishment you think it is.
 
2021-10-18 9:02:16 AM  
That's not all!  The flyover states have also won the covered dish wars over California.
 
2021-10-18 9:15:13 AM  
I've had my fair share of Culver's (the one up the street has been my best experience in the Midwest), but never have had In-n-Out. Could someone who has had both compare and contrast?
 
2021-10-18 9:23:12 AM  
Also, Subby. Culvers may have originated in a 'flyover state', but a map of current locations shows this chain to be anything but:

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But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of dragging out the ol' 'flyover state' trope.
 
2021-10-18 9:31:25 AM  

blodyholy: Also, Subby. Culvers may have originated in a 'flyover state', but a map of current locations shows this chain to be anything but:

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But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of dragging out the ol' 'flyover state' trope.


Flyover means the stuff you see through the airplane window at 30,000ft during your trip from NYC to LA

So I guess technically Florida wouldn't count.

It's less than flyover.
 
2021-10-18 9:33:23 AM  
Well yeah, most of the flyover states are packed with obese pieces of shiat.  Here in CO they have some good fast food (looking at you Taco John's and In n Out) but they aren't nearly as ubiquitous as I saw when I lived in ND and MT.  Having a lot of fast food options just means that the market has decided that going though life fat drunk and stupid is the way to go...
 
2021-10-18 9:33:36 AM  

blodyholy: Also, Subby. Culvers may have originated in a 'flyover state', but a map of current locations shows this chain to be anything but:

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But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of dragging out the ol' 'flyover state' trope.


In a sense, isn't every state a flyover state?

/the first Culver's in my area (near Canton, OH) opened this summer - been there a few times
 
2021-10-18 10:31:13 AM  
Culver's is too greasy for me.

My favorite burger that I can get here in Iowa is Freddy's.
 
2021-10-18 10:33:44 AM  
Yeah but no celebrities are shilling Culvers to the sheeple consumers, so it's not as cool.
 
2021-10-18 10:40:44 AM  
Birnone:

On the other hand if you're looking for a large hamburger, or fancy hamburger, or a reinvention of the hamburger, and are willing to spend more money on it, then In N Out won't satisfy you.

Or if you are looking for fries that don't taste like tissue paper.
 
2021-10-18 12:13:14 PM  

ImOscar: The main draw of In-N-Out is branding and aesthetics, not flavor or quality.


The main draw of In-N-Out is that you get something that's consistently good (Not life changing good, and not the best burger you've ever had good). But you know exactly what you'll get, they won't screw up your order no matter how much "secret menu" crap you throw in, it is reasonably priced, it's fresh, and it's being served to you by someone who generally seems to enjoy working there.

If you go into In-N-Out expecting the best burger and fries you've ever had, you'll be disappointed. If you go in just expecting a fresh burger exactly how you ordered it, you'll have a good time.
 
2021-10-18 12:19:06 PM  
I 💕 tacos

/witch are sandwitches
 
2021-10-18 12:20:04 PM  

NINEv2: /they both pale in comparison to Bouna or Portillos.


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2021-10-18 12:46:08 PM  

blodyholy: Also, Subby. Culvers may have originated in a 'flyover state', but a map of current locations shows this chain to be anything but:

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But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of dragging out the ol' 'flyover state' trope.


That's exactly what flyover states are.  Culver's knows it can't compete in states that aren't boring.
 
2021-10-18 1:23:40 PM  

aerojockey: blodyholy: Also, Subby. Culvers may have originated in a 'flyover state', but a map of current locations shows this chain to be anything but:

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But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of dragging out the ol' 'flyover state' trope.

That's exactly what flyover states are.  Culver's knows it can't compete in states that aren't boring.


How many butterberders have you snarfed?
 
2021-10-18 2:28:38 PM  

blodyholy: Also, Subby. Culvers may have originated in a 'flyover state', but a map of current locations shows this chain to be anything but:

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But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of dragging out the ol' 'flyover state' trope.


I'm in Michigan and don't care for the term anyway, but you just showed us a map showing Culvers is mostly in flyover states.
 
2021-10-18 3:11:20 PM  

Tarl3k: Well yeah, most of the flyover states are packed with obese pieces of shiat.  Here in CO they have some good fast food (looking at you Taco John's and In n Out) but they aren't nearly as ubiquitous as I saw when I lived in ND and MT.  Having a lot of fast food options just means that the market has decided that going though life fat drunk and stupid is the way to go...


We travel though the upper tier of a lot of those states on a regular basis:  MT, ND, MN, WI, MI and I have a theory.  Those folks haven't altered their "foodways" in the last 75 or so years.  They still eat as if they're working in the fields, the woods, or the mines in the early days of mechanization.  We've been in diners in Northern Wisconsin for lunch and watched the locals dine as if they're heading back out to the woods with axes and handsaws.
 
2021-10-18 3:30:41 PM  

Gough: Tarl3k: Well yeah, most of the flyover states are packed with obese pieces of shiat.  Here in CO they have some good fast food (looking at you Taco John's and In n Out) but they aren't nearly as ubiquitous as I saw when I lived in ND and MT.  Having a lot of fast food options just means that the market has decided that going though life fat drunk and stupid is the way to go...

We travel though the upper tier of a lot of those states on a regular basis:  MT, ND, MN, WI, MI and I have a theory.  Those folks haven't altered their "foodways" in the last 75 or so years.  They still eat as if they're working in the fields, the woods, or the mines in the early days of mechanization.  We've been in diners in Northern Wisconsin for lunch and watched the locals dine as if they're heading back out to the woods with axes and handsaws.


Is that based on the utensils they used?  Or were they eating pastys?
 
2021-10-18 3:39:46 PM  
Eh, most fast food places' menus are the same dozen or so ingredients, with various combos, many of them fried.

I'd say "the same stuff, only fried, or enclosed in a tortilla instead of a bread" isn't better. Bigger, sure. But better, not so much.
 
2021-10-18 5:02:37 PM  
I drove an hour to Culver's to get a patty melt and it was dry as fark. The cheese curds were just fried cheddar balls or some shiat, and the oreo shake was the same as any other place.

I won't write it off until i try the burgers, but that melt was farking terrible
 
2021-10-18 9:10:40 PM  

fehk: I drove an hour to Culver's to get a patty melt and it was dry as fark. The cheese curds were just fried cheddar balls or some shiat, and the oreo shake was the same as any other place.

I won't write it off until i try the burgers, but that melt was farking terrible


You need to have a Sourdough Jack from JackintheBox.

The grease level guarantees juicy and succulent stoner bliss.
 
2021-10-18 9:18:30 PM  
I don't understand how one can even make a dry patty melt.
 
2021-10-18 11:14:21 PM  
In&Out's Animal Style Fries are worth a trip. But you have to eat them in-store; after they cool down for more than a minute they start going downhill fast.

Burger King's Impossible Whopper is better than their previous veggie burger, though it's overpriced.

5 Guys does the best fries I've had, and does a grilled veggie sandwich that's worthwhile.  (We go there because my wife wants the burgers, but everything's good.)
 
2021-10-18 11:43:22 PM  

billstewart: 5 Guys does the best fries I've had,


Lmao, your taste in fries is horrible. Their fries are soggy garbage.

:)
 
2021-10-19 12:18:06 AM  

Smackledorfer: I don't understand how one can even make a dry patty melt.


Just a bad combo of ingredients where all you can taste is plain, gray ground beef

Toast with vegetable oil, some stretchy but not melty white cheese, and grilled onions. A sauce could have saved it, or a decent juicy patty
 
2021-10-19 12:21:13 AM  

Bonzo_1116: fehk: I drove an hour to Culver's to get a patty melt and it was dry as fark. The cheese curds were just fried cheddar balls or some shiat, and the oreo shake was the same as any other place.

I won't write it off until i try the burgers, but that melt was farking terrible

You need to have a Sourdough Jack from JackintheBox.

The grease level guarantees juicy and succulent stoner bliss.


Man i wish, the closest one is 10 hours away. I'm stuck with the frisco melt from steak n' shake, which is really great but so small it's like it's made for ants
 
2021-10-19 12:51:15 AM  

Trocadero: Azlefty: Culvers is OK but pales to the Habit another California chain

What fatty said.
/also fat


Thirded. Their fries are nothing significant, but some of the burgers on their menu are awesome.
 
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