Texans Go Crazy for In-n-Out, Further Proof of State's Decline

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Texas, what the hell happened to you? You used to be, you know, Texas: a proud stretch of state, a country unto its own that didn't need the rest of us to tell you how to live. Where Tejanos, African-Americans, Czechs, Germans, Poles, and a hella lot other people created one of the great regional cultures of America. Sure, you guys gave us Dubya (kind of) and LBJ, but you also rewarded the world with Nolan Ryan, Roger Staubach, and your cuisine: Tex-Mex, barbecue, chili, seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and Two Pesos v. Taco Cabana, the influential Supreme Court decision that ensured restaurants could never rip off their competitors' look ever again.

But now, your just a shadow of yourself. The Cowboys tanked last year, Tex-Mex's decline is so precipitous that Texas Monthly last year announced the rise of Mex-Tex, a cute term that only means Texan culture is on the skids, and poor Whataburger never could parlay constant shout-outs on King of the Hill into a national following.

And the worst part of it all? Y'all are going crazy over In-n-Out. In-n-Out--a California institution. California: your eternal opposite. By golly, if Sam Houston and his slave-loving ways were still around, he'd vamoose to Oklahoma.



In-n-Out just opened this week in Texas--in the Dallas region, to be specific, part of the Irvine-based chains new plans to extend beyond its Western base and to the rest of the country. Our sister paper, the Dallas Observer, has covered the story obsessively and awesomely, so much so that its five most-read stories right now are all about In-n-Out. Texas is newly in love with something us Californians have enjoyed for decades.

Really, Texas? Such hype over, you know, a burger? A burger that's fine, sure, but not even the best Orange County has to offer and nowhere near as glorious as Blake's Lotaburger next door to ustedes? I'd expect such yahoo reactions coming from people in Indiana or NYC hipsters, but Texans? The state that gave us the glory of proper grilling and the #12 combo platter, hold the queso? Sad, just sad. In-n-Out won't solve your state's budget deficit nor UT's quarterback situation. And I can tell you this much--when Dickey's, your state's national BBQ chain, tried to open in Orange County, we laughed you guys outta here within years. Californians, more provincial than Texans. What a world we live in!

On the other hand, what do we know? Your Mavs KILLED our Lakers...

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Harley
Harley

Dickey's sucks horse dong. I ordered a burger without ketchup and they said NO!!!

Rhollon2004
Rhollon2004

Id like to point out the INFLUX of Californians that have moved to Texas. Texas is full of newcomers (millions of them), so please excuse our newly adopted transplants for loving California burgers. I am 3rd generation Native Texan, and I do not care for In And Out burgers at all. They only offer Thousand Island yet no mayo? Barf. I love a good Fatburger though, but they already closed and left San Antonio.

Lew824
Lew824

Anyone who has spent any length of time in Dallas knows that Dallas has always tried to be like LA. That coupled with the fact that many Californians have moved to Texas looking for jobs (a Californian is really going to comment on my state's financial woes?) make it no surprise that the recent In-N-Out openings caused a commotion. On a side note, as a paid writer you should know the difference between your and you're (see paragraph two).

Wolfhoundjack
Wolfhoundjack

Don't confuse a bunch of immigrant west coast birds that fled to Texas and are now nostalgic for a taste of home for "Texans." :) The "In n Out" tears lady even talked about living in Fontana and San Bernadino.  I'm happy for the Californios that can now get their In N Out... but I'll stick to the Whataburgers I grew up on, or if I need a fancy burger Mooyas.

Ali Kassam
Ali Kassam

I've lived in both states (Texas much longer though) and I'm excited to get some In-n-Out just because it's been so long and those darn burgers just somehow grow on you until you crave them. Had I not lived in California I'd still be excited because I'd be curious...not a lot of burgers have such a cult following. I would say be humbled sir, that something from your proud state is bringing much joy to many people in another great state, rather than gloat. And thank you for the shout out to the Mavs, you can only be the Champions if you beat the Champions.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I lived in Texas as kid, for a few years(in between living in Kansas and Mexico City...that's some range), and I remember plenty of awesome burger places. There was one called Burger Street that was my favorite, and when I moved here I took a liking to In-N-Out because it was almost identical to Burger Street. That kind of leads me to believe that maybe these are California transplants that are perpetuating the pandemonium. Seems like the only reasonable explanation...although reason is usually thrown out the window when it comes to Texas.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Lew: I left that misspelling so schoolmarms like yourself could get a ray of happiness for your day!

Lew824
Lew824

I'm a businesswoman who has respect for the English language. This does not make me a schoolmarm.

Rhollon2004
Rhollon2004

 AMEN BROTHER BEN! PICK UP THE FORK, LETS DIG IN!!

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