In-N-Out Burger and Trader Joe’s

Jun 12

In-N-Out Burger and Trader Joe’s

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy, and apparently going to eat out at a fast food place and buying wine makes me happy.

I knew there was an In-N-Out burger coming to San Antonio thanks to my awesome SA blogger group ladies. But there’s not just one here – there’s two! And the one on the east side of San Antonio was only 30 minutes from my house. Scott and I stopped there for lunch on Mother’s Day after our visit to the estate sale.

I’ve been hearing about how wonderful In-N-Out burgers are for a long time. My first memory of the name is from an episode of CSI where Nick helps to solve the crime because he found out the security guard that was supposed to be on duty had run to In-N-Out to get a hamburger. He asked the guy how he liked it cooked and because he got it “animal style” it always takes an extra few minutes, which meant he was not on duty when the crime was committed.

So I’d heard about this fast food place for a long time and was ready to try it for myself.

In-N-Out Burger was started in 1948 and they started the drive-thru window. The restaurants are all out west – California, Nevada, etc. The two now open in San Antonio are, I believe, the eastern most locations. There’s been talk about spreading to the east coast, but nope, not going to happen right now. They also have a secret menu. When most people look at the menu, they see only a few options. But they’ll make you a burger pretty much anyway you want it. We got our double-doubles (a double cheeseburger) animal style (with grilled onions) and protein style (wrapped in a lettuce leaf, no bread).

in n out food

The fries are fresh and made right there at the restaurant. They get cold fast, though, so eat up. I loved the burger. It was hot, the sauce and the grilled onions were just enough, and the cheese good and melty. It’s been a long time since I had a takeout burger and this one was definitely worth it. The price was also affordable. It was just under $15 for the two of us.

The store was very busy but they had plenty of staff and we got our food in about five to ten minutes. They also had a help wanted sign up, and they pay over minimum wage – $9 an hour according to the sign.

We didn’t go buy wine the same day, but two weeks ago we attended a Pentecost / Shavuot service at our Messianic congregation. I noticed there was a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s on the north side and since I’d never been I wanted to check them out. We ended up only going to Trader Joe’s because it was late and we were hungry, but I wanted to try out some wine I’d heard about on some blogs I follow. Apparently there’s a brand of cheap wine sold there that tastes pretty good. A quick Google search told me it was called Charles Shaw, with the nickname Two-Buck Chuck. We found it easily – it was $3.99 per bottle – so I grabbed a white Zinfandel and Scott grabbed a Shiraz. We haven’t been able to drink them, though, because Scott was gbetting sick and has now spent the last two weeks sucking down Mucinex and cough drops. But we’re going to open them up this week and see how they compare to some of our other favorite wines.

Have you ever eaten at In-N-Out Burger or had some Two-Buck Chuck? Have you enjoyed them both at the same time? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


  1. I’ve heard lots of good things about in n out burger. I want to try it! I want to be a wine drinker but haven’t found any that I like at all. I’m more of a wine cooler girl, I know I’m sooo classy!

  2. All I know of In-and-Out is that they have almost a cult following like White Castle. 🙂 Hope you feel better now and can enjoy your 2 Buck Chuck. 🙂

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