8 Things You Might Not Know About In-N-Out
Hint: There are a few secret menu items you haven’t heard about.
Founded in 1948, In-N-Out was California’s first drive-thru hamburger chain—famous for its short and sweet menu of savory eats. (Get our copycat recipes here.) And while there are now hundreds of drive-throughs across the West Coast, In-N-Out remains iconic as the first. It is synonymous with the cool California lifestyle, drawing tourists from all over the world to one of their 300+ locations. Besides the burgers, find out what else is drawing folks in.
A secret menu exists
Most In-N-Out fanatics know about ordering their burgers animal style (all the fixin’s plus a top-secret sauce). But you can also order your burgers 3×3 (three patties) or even a 4×4 with—you guessed it—four patties. That’s a lot! Here’s more on the chain’s not-quite-secret menu, and check out other secret menu items from your favorite restaurants.
Julia Child loved In-N-Out
Julia Child was a huge fan of the iconic chain. Yes, that’s right, one of the most revered chefs of all time was such a fan that she would carry a list of locations in her handbag, and she apparently had her assistant bring her burgers in the hospital while recovering from knee surgery. Bon appétit!
The arrow has meaning
The arrow logo replaced the original in 1954, just six years after opening, and associates adopted the sayings, “The arrow points to pride” and “We all work under the same arrow.” This is the real reason In-N-Out won’t open East Coast locations anytime soon.
There are Bible verses everywhere
While they’re small and discreet, take a peek next time underneath your cup and on your burger wrapper and fry boats. The second-generation president Rich Snyder was a born-again evangelical Christian, and his legacy lives on through these Bible verses. They have even appeared on employee paychecks since the 1980s. Check out these first locations of famous fast food restaurants.
Associates, never employees
You’ll notice across the verbiage on their website and marketing information, that their employees are always referred to as Associates (usually capitalized as well). “At In-N-Out Burger we’ve been a family-owned business since 1948. Our Associates have always been part of our family, too,” their website reads.
Their Associates are paid well
When they say you’re treated as family, they mean it. Associates are compensated starting at least at $11 an hour, and manager salaries have been reported to be around $100,000 annually. It’s a no wonder they have the highest managerial retention rate among fast food restaurants! Here are more secrets your fast food worker won’t tell you.
The crossed palms are a symbol
In the movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the characters are on the hunt to find buried treasure under crossed palms. Harry Snyder, In-N-Out’s founder, rightfully felt that each restaurant is a treasure, so the palms mark the spot in an homage to one of his favorite movies. Next, check out how your favorite fast-food restaurants got their names.