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8 Things You Might Not Know About In-N-Out

Hint: There are a few secret menu items you haven’t heard about.

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In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant in Westwood, California. In-N-Out Burger is a private company with 313 locations.Michael Gordon/Shutterstock

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.

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Depiction In-N-Out Burger drive-in restaurant at Pasadena Police Classic Car Show. In-N-Out Burgers, Inc. is a chain of restaurants United States West and Southwest.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

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.

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A row of hangers with t-shirts. Sale of T-shirts.Sergei Babenko/Shutterstock

In-N-Out gear is available

You can show off your love for In-N-Out with everything from a classic t-shirt to a Swarovski crystal keychain or black silk tie donning the classic crossed palm trees. Maybe a gift for your favorite In-N-Out super fan?

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Julia Child Chef and author Julia Child holds tomatoes in the kitchen at her home in Cambridge, Mass. More than a decade after her death, the foundation she created finally is launching a culinary award named in her honor. The Julia Child Award, which will be named annually, will be presented to someone who has improved how Americans think about food and cooking. The first winner will be announced in August 2015 and the award will be presented in OctoberJon Chase/Shutterstock

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! 

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Large In-N-Out Burger billboard. In-N-Out is a fast food burger chain with business in Southwest USA.Kapi Ng/Shutterstock

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.

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In N out Burger,Cheese BurgerMossala/Shutterstock

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.

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Minimum Wage Employee at a Fast food Restaurant KitchenSeika Chujo/Shutterstock

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.

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Crowded kitchen, a narrow aisle, working chef.hxdyl/Shutterstock

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.

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In-N-Out restaurant Company logo on Store front facadeCassiohabib/Shutterstock

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.

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