On a recent trip to So Cal, there's one place that I absolutely had to go to, In-N-Out Burger. Los Angeles is a city, like Portland, with great eateries at the gourmet and fast food levels. In-N-Out has the simplest of menu's, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, soda and milk shakes. The "Double Double" is what everyone orders, it's a double cheeseburger. It's the best overall, fast food, burger from a chain restaurant on the west coast. Sorry Burgerville. Some might say that The Original Tommy's Burger in LA is better, but their burgers are greasier and come with chili, which makes it a less healthy product. As luck would have it, I made it to LAX early on my way back and had time to stop at this In-N-Out on Sepulveda Blvd near the airport. I was so anxious to bite into this Double Double that I took one bite before I remembered to snap a photo. So I turned the bite to the back and snapped this shot. It was as good as always. I wish I could order ten of them, freeze them and eat them on special occasions like a midnight snack.
On the flight back, I got to thinking about what I would give up to have an In-N-Out Burger in Salem. Sort of like one of those fantasy sports drafts. I thought which local restaurant could I trade for an In-N-Out. In-N-Out is an all star caliber restaurant so I don't think Burger Basket would be a fair trade. Lumping together some of our second string restaurants like Los Arcos , The Old Spaghetti Warehouse and Pastamichi might not be a fair trade either. They'd probably ask for Straight From New York Pizza but I don't think I'd be willing to give up one of our best restaurants for a burger joint. How about Lefty's on Commercial? I'd hate to see it go but I haven't been going there much since SFNY opened up the road. What about a draft pick? Say we will no longer petition a Trader Joe's coming to Salem? Let's put everything on the table. How about the Riverfront Carousel and the Convention Center for an In-N-Out Burger, a Trader Joe's, and a baseball stadium downtown where the Volcanoes can play. Just for fun, what kind of trade would you make for your favorite restaurant?