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Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Burger Dog

Extreme-sized foods are more and more the fashion these days. Witness the rise of shows like “Man vs. Food Nation” and “Glutton for Punishment.” The events shown on these programs don’t explore the behind-the-scenes support crew, including the medical transport personnel with well-lubed defibrillators powered up. Nonetheless, the shows are popular because there’s a real market for gigantic portion meals.

Hence the “Triple Bypass Burger.” Comes with a coupon card: Eat three, get your next angioplasty free! There are two places laying claim to the name, though: Second Avenue Deli and Heart Attack Grill. And they’re taking it to court, to let a judge decide who has the right to the name. The winner will be the only place legally licensed to serve death (or at least instant artery clogs) on a plate.

The fight is old news, though, to places like John Howie Steak in Bellevue, WA, who were also threatened with legal action by Heart Attack Grill last year. They took the easy way out and held a contest for a new name. What did the winner get? Six of the burgers, six pints of beer, and a (slightly used) coffin…

Big and Messy

In-N-Out Burgers got their start in 1948 in California, and they were the first fast food place to have folks order their meals using a two-way speaker box by the drive-through lane. By 1976, when founder Harry Snyder died, there were 18 locations, all in CA. Now there are locations in Arizona, Nevada and Texas. With more to come. In-N-Out is on the move!

The Texas locations just opened; two of them, on the same day, in the Dallas-Fort Worth megametro area. (None of them have the notoriety (yet) of the location just off-campus at Los Angeles International Airport, where airplane nuts spotting fans can have a burger and watch their favorite jumbo jets roar overhead.) The Grand Opening of these locations was such an emotional experience that one woman was moved to tears.

Yeah, the Double-Double is just that good. Mickey D’s, look out!

If you’re in the area (Frisco or Allen), give them a try. I think you’ll find they’re serious good eats…

Flame Burger

George Motz wrote the book “Hamburger America” and recommended a ton of great burger joints across the land. He’s now got the second edition of this great travelogue-review-homáge out, with recommendations expanded to 150 spots where you can score an outstanding hamburger. If you love burgers, get a copy of this instant classic Real Soon Now…

P.S. In unrelated news of the weird (food), here’s a receipt for an evening at a bar in Vegas. The total? Nearly $190,000. Over half of that was due to four bottles of champagne. Yeah, you read that right…

Enjoy the (How Now Ground Cow) Heat!

Entries in this series:
  1. Friday Follies: Weirdest Snacks, Dumb (and Hungry) Burglars, and Why Google is Like Bananas
  2. Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State
  3. Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?
  4. Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)
  5. How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)
  6. Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)
  7. What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way
  8. Follies Extra: Is That a Chile Pepper On Your Plate, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
  9. Friday Follies: Oh, You Wanted the Mayo On the Side, Eh?
  10. Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent
  11. Friday Follies: O No, You Got a Spork in the Salad Shooter!
  12. Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball
  13. Friday Follies: Chile Underground Voted Number One Food Blog
  14. Friday Follies: Beer, It's What's for Breakfast
  15. Friday Follies: The End of the World is Nigh, and Bacon is to Blame
  16. Virtual Reality Gives “Cookie Monster” a Whole New Meaning
  17. Friday Follies: Do-It-Yourself Egg Art, and That’s No Yolk
  18. Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition
  19. Friday Follies: Once I Saw These, I Didn’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance…
  20. Friday Follies: Peppers Help Preggers to Pop
  21. Follies: Barbeque That Goes Where You Go, All Day Long
  22. Follies: How to Carry Your Liquor, and Don’t Do’s at the Bar
  23. Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…
  24. Zesty Chili Doesn’t Make Lingerie More Exciting for One Woman
  25. Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without
  26. Important News Concerning Two Essential Food Groups: Beer and Hamburgers
  27. Follies Extra: A Multitude of Uses for Beer (Besides Drinking)
  28. Chocolate’s Better’n Carrots, But Is Miracle Whip Really Good for Your Love Life?
  29. Who Says Lutherans Don’t Know How to Party? Watch This…
  30. There’s Something Big Stirring at UMass…
  31. Salsa Proves Too Hot for Owner; He’s Smoked…
  32. Would You Like Some Al Yankovic With That Veal Cordon Bleu? And Other Food-Music News
  33. A Salmagundi of Savory Silliness
  34. Doritos Situation Grave, and (Lust for) Alcohol Makes You Stupid
  35. “A Bear Walked Into a Grocery…” And It’s No Joke…
  36. French Ban Ketchup? This Means War! Again…
  37. Armadillo as Weapon, Bar Fun With Guns, and Another Humongous Burger
  38. Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …
  39. A Meal That Makes You Glad You Have Leftovers From Thanksgiving
  40. Why This May Be the Last Christmas Ever
  41. If You’re Going Out Into the Snow, Take Your Beer Along (Lots of It)
  42. No Eat Strong Pig, Eat Monster Gummy Bear Instead
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