Sunday, January 31, 2010

In-N-Out -- Historic Sign, Legendary Burgers

The In-N-Out Burger on East Foothill dates back to 1955. Back then East Foothill was part of the famed Route 66. This Pasadena store must have been among the first In-N-Out sites, opening seven years after In-N-Out was started in nearby Baldwin Park.

This In-N-Out Burger sign is on the City of Pasadena's list of historic properties. The neon and bulb rooftop sign is a designated as a Historic Sign.

Pasadena has only one In-N-Out and this is it. Seems this place is always jammed. It is not uncommon for half a dozen cars to line up in the right lane of Foothill waiting to pull into the drive-up. Where else can you get a fantastic hamburger for a buck sixty-nine?

I saw in LA Observed that Huell Howser has an hour special on In-N-Out tonight at 7 pm on KCET. Should be an interesting story about a phenomenon that is part of San Gabriel Valley history and certainly (insert Tennessee accent) a fine example of California's Gold.


Cafe Pasadena said...

I saw Huell with the In & Outters tonite. It sounds like the founders young granddaughter is the Big Burger there now.

About 10pm a couple of nites ago I lined up behind about 6 cars stil!

Michael Coppess said...

It was a good program. Looked to me like Huell was eying a 4x4. I'll take mine animal style.

pasadenapio said...

I've only been there a couple of times in the 19 years I've lived here! I guess I need to get with the program.

Gina said...

We go about once a month and we are vegetarians! They make a wicked good grilled cheese (it's one of the "off the menu" items). I also enjoy the Neapolitan milkshake.

EastPasadena CarCulture said...

Always busy, and I ALWAYS get in the slowest of the two lanes.

Speaking of Route 66. The East Pasadena Car Culture weekly car show meets next to the Sears parking lot on Foothill every Sat. 4-8. Would love to have you take some shots of the vintage iron.