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by Jessica Yu
In N Out is arguably more well known and “hyped” than its counterpart. When visiting the west coast, it is almost required to eat and In N Out. The aesthetic of In N Out, from its paper hats to palm tree designs, is a classic look and makes a great picture. Founded in 1948, the chain has a place in American history, unlike Shake Shack, which was founded in 2004. Another reason for In N Out’s popularity is because of their low prices. Burgers are typically $3-$4, making meals cheap and very affordable. Perhaps the most important aspect of In N Out is their “secret menu”, which allows customers to customize their meals. The secret menu includes “animal style” burgers and fries, burgers wrapped in lettuce, black and white milkshakes, and so much more.
While Shake Shack lacks in a secret menu, the quality of their products are higher than that of In N Out. The taste of beef in Shake Shack’s burgers are superior than the patties of In N Out burgers. Although the burger price of Shake Shack is much pricer (burgers costing around $7-$8), it is the price one must pay for higher quality. There are around 6-7 different types of burger to choose from, as well as hot dogs too! This beats In N Out’s variety of just cheeseburger or hamburger. According to many, the fries of Shake Shack are better tasting than the ones at In n Out. Shake Shack uses yukon potatoes, which produce a thicker and better tasting fry. Apart from fries, the chain is also known for its wide variety of milkshakes, with new flavors every single week. This tops the In N Out selection, which only has chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. Not to mention, Shake Shack also serves inexpensive wine and beer. How classy!
Although both In and Out and Shake Shack are burger fast food chains, they are definitely different from each other. The only way to pick a side is to try both of them and decide for yourself!