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Bites Nearby: In-N-Out Burger

This Mill Valley stop is part of one chain that is worth a visit.

In-N-Out Burger

798 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley

(800) 786-1000

Open Daily: 10:30 a.m.- midnight

Owned since 1948 by the Snyder family, In-N-Out Burger is a solid choice for a quick meal. Consistently, the store hires friendly, bright, enthusiastic counter help and cooks, who work hard at their jobs. Just watch the fellow who puts the potatoes through the cutting machine – not a job for light-weights.

The first time I went to an In-N-Out was with my teenage godchild at her urging. As a food writer and former professional cook, I wasn’t a fan of fast food burger joints. I’m still not a fan generally, but am a fan of In-N-Out.

It was she who told me to order a double-double (Yes!) and also she queued me to the chain’s secret menu.

Here is part of the secret menu:

Double Meat is two patties on one bun with all the fixings.

3 X 3 is three patties on one bun.

4 X 4 is four patties on one bun.

Protein style is a burger wrapped in lettuce, not on a bun.

Grilled cheese is double cheese, the fixings, no burger.

And the very-popular Animal style, which is a burger with mustard cooked into it, an added pickle, extra spread, grilled onions and the rest of the fixings. 

A big plus is the French fries prepared freshly, not frozen like most places, are fried crisply in cotton seed oil. 

Décor:

Hospital white interior with red touches, a la old timey diners, add to its appeal. 

The Drinks:

Sodas and very good milkshakes are the way to go.

Appetizers:

Go for the burgers.

Entrees:

I was pleased to see that, according to the chain’s website, a double-double, my favorite, has just (630) calories. But when you add the fries (395) and a chocolate shake (590) we’re talking a diet disaster (1615), however yummy. 

Desserts:

Go for the burgers.

Service:

Terrific

Cost: 

$ under $10

Handicap accessible:

Yes

Noise level:

Talking normally gets difficult at peak times.

Lou Judson April 08, 2011 at 03:13 PM
The fries are prepared FRESH not "freshly." "Freshly" is a sleight-of-mouth term invented by the food inustry to make people think things as really fresh, when actualy they are older, prepared "freshly" but on a day that is now gone into the past. In-N-Out does everything FRESH! Otherwise good review. It is only too bad the Mill Valley did a NIMBY thing by disallowing a drive-through - they stupidly created a worse traffic problem with people looking for parking at peak hours. A drive though would have been so much more efficient! Let's hope Novato has more intelligence than MV...
Gina Linn August 25, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I can't begin to tell you how over-rated I think In-n-Out burgers are! The last one I had, for which I waited over half an hour with my enthusiastic husband & daughter, tasted like wet cardboard and the fries like dry cardboard. What a waste of time!
Lou Judson August 25, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Gina, how do they compare to your Big Mac? Where do YOU find a good burger? Just curious.

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