Make Ours a Double-Double
Living in Chicago has meant that we're not quite as beholden to the monsters of fast food, despite a proliferation of such restaurants in the area. It's not that we're altogether anti-fast food, but rather we just don't see the point when there are so many better options available to us.
That said, we're not above the occasional longing for any number of fast food restaurants that don't call Chicago home. On a recent trip out-of-state, Chicagoist went 30 minutes of our way to locate a Chick-fil-A, because it kills us that we don't have those tasty little sandwiches available to us here in Chicago. We're never that fervent about fast food, but in this case we made an exception.
Some of Chicagoist feels pretty similarly about In-N-Out Burger, the West Coast restaurant chain famous for its burgers and long drive-thru lines. While we know that due to the high quality of the menu items - its ingredients are never frozen - we'll never see an In-N-Out in these parts, we still mourn it just the same.
So color us surprised when today we learned that the chain's co-founder, Esther L. Snyder, passed away and that she was an Illinois native. Granted, she hadn't called the Land of Lincoln home since she left it for college in Seattle in the mid-1940s, and Sorento is a ways away from Chicago, but still. We love In-N-Out, and one member of Chicagoist who plans on being out in California next week is loading up on Double-Doubles while he's out there.