In-N-Out Burger has landed in Houston, Texas.
Well, the Houston area, anyway – not in Houston proper, but in a couple highly populated suburbs of it.
I went to the nearest one today for lunch, as I was somewhat already on the way there (compared to where I live in inner city) due to my working location this morning.
And it was all because my mom sent me a photo of their onesie pajamas that she had discovered online (though, I’m not too sure why she was looking not why she sent it to me).
When I checked Google Maps to see if it was open already and how to get there, I noticed only where it was and that it opened at 10:30am and that the other location was already open for today.
So, I went.
And cars were everywhere.
Traffic cones line the street next to the parking lot.
Traffic cops direct cars.
About ten to fifteen In-N-Out employees are moving around the neatly organized parking lot, taking orders, it seems, and managing the drive-through lines.
Another employee or two are handing out hats and stickers to people waiting (outside) in line for dine-in ordering.
I tell my mom that I hadn’t known it was opening day, and she says I might as well stay and eat anyway, especially because of that, and also because I had come al the way out for it already.
I agreed that I could sit and read one of my current books, and begin following signs for ‘Dine-In’.
The parking lot-based employees tell me to pass a certain way, and they move a couple cones and a sign for me to truck through into the front parking lot, which is today exclusively for dine-in customers.
I go in, wait not much more than five to seven minutes in line, place my order, and receive my ticket.
As I am heading outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather while I wait, I head the number two called.
My number is 75.
Everyone is in a good mood, though, and is waiting happily enough.
I am delighted for In-N-Out.
Eventually, my mom and my cousin’s husband join me, and I have an outdoor table in the shade, and I get my food.
The cousin husband shows me a saddle that he’s just picked up – super cool, by the way – and heads off, while my mom sits with me while I eat.
We invite a couple to join us at the table, since they already have food but no table on which to set their little trays.
They inform us that the store has been open for a while, and that it is like this every day, open to close.
The food is delicious, as usual.
When leaving, I see a couple doing just what I had considered doing, if we hadn’t been able to sit at a table by the time the food came.
It felt like a very cute Texas touch to In-N-Out.
Plus, it was just adorable to see, so I really enjoyed it.
Like dessert to my meal. 😛
Anyway…, welcome to Houston, In-N-Out Burger!! 😀