Saturday, March 13, 2010

In-n-Out Burger in Oakland, CA

Hooray for the only In-n-Out in Oakland, off Hegenberger Road!

Ahh, these fast food fries put all other fast food establishments to shame. 
The potatoes are, according to the store's promotional material, shipped "fresh 
from the farm" and straight to the store. The potatoes are cut right in the store 
and then cooked to perfection, then slightly salted. And let it be said that no matter
which In-n-Out you happen to find yourself at, the fries (and grilled cheese with
everything, which is the only other thing I can vouch for!) will be 
 consistently awesome.


Portion Size: Medium
Texture: Slightly crispy on outside, lovely and soft on the inside
Greasiness Level: 1 out of 5
Seasoning: Slightly salted
Fried in:100 percent pure cholesterol-free vegetable oil
Condiments: Served with small packets of salt; choose your own condiments, ketchup and/or packets of pepper and/or (more) salt

Overall Quality of French Fries: 7 out of 10

Quinn's Lighthouse in Oakland, CA

Beautiful scenery (the Fry Investigators sat outside on the balcony on the water), but sadly, the fries were pathetic. They tasted like pre-cut frozen fries, and were cooked until all life was sucked out of them. Also, how difficult is it to cut your own potatoes? Really, people!

I almost felt like the fries had been served previously in the day, and then were re-fried to heat them and served again, this time to me. Not a very comforting assumption to make.

The fries came with a basket of assorted condiments: Ketchup, mustard, A1 Barbecue Sauce. I think it is important to mention that the Ketchup was Hunt's brand which, like most national brands, is made from: tomato concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, AND corn syrup (because one type of corn syrup is not enough). Maybe it's best not to read the ingredient labels on condiments!

Good portion size for a pretty cheap price, but unfortunately, yukky overall (although I'm not going to lie. I did not leave a fry untouched.)

Portion Size: Slightly larger than a Medium
Texture: Hard and over-fried outside with overcooked medium-texture potato inside
Greasiness Level: 4 out of 5 (pretty greasy!)
Seasoning: None
Fried in: Some sort of vegetable oil
Condiments: Choose your own (definitely needs them–these things are hard and crunchy in a yukky overcooked way)

Overall Quality of French Fries: 3 out of 10