Which infamous West Coast USA fast food chain has a secret menu that includes burgers and fries “animal style”?

And the answer: In-N-Out Burger.  
Photo credit: Mary.

California’s most infamous fast food chain, In-N-Out Burger, had modest beginnings in 1948. Renowned for their "secret" menu, In-N-Out Burger’s most popular dishes aren’t on billboards, but spread primarily through word of mouth. "Animal Style" fries and burgers are topped with grilled onions, their proprietary "secret" spread, and melted cheese slices.

Although In-N-Out may be great for a quick, delicious bite (pro tip: ask for your fries extra crispy—you won’t regret it), there are hundreds upon hundreds of California restaurant spots with diverse, often locally-sourced meals. Interestingly, California grows about half of all the produce in the United States—far more than any other single state—as well as a whopping 99% of the country’s almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, grapes, kiwis, olives, peaches, pistachios, plums, pomegranates, rice, and walnuts. As a result, California cuisine is known for its freshness and produce options year round.

Did you know?

January is California Restaurant Month! Although January is typically dubbed a “slow month” in the food-service industry, it earned the designation of Restaurant Month to encourage restaurateurs to highlight their best cuisine. It’s since expanded and taken on local flavor, as participating cities and regions—from San Diego to Sonoma, and Temecula to Tahoe—have their own restaurant week, lasting anywhere from 7 to 10 days during the month of January. During each celebration, various restaurants offer special deals, such as affordable prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner, or sizably discounted meals.

Yet great California produce and cuisine isn’t limited to just a month out of the year—different initiatives in the state seek to keep the goodness flowing year round, and to expand opportunities of better food to everyone who wants to enjoy it. In fact, over half of all schools in California (55%) serve healthy meals using high quality local and regional foods. Farm to School and other local food programs also help to reduce food waste with fresher food that requires less packaging, and is more appealing to students.

Learn more about California cuisine and California Restaurant Month here.

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