11 Things You Don't Know About In-N-Out

POPSUGAR Photography | Anna Monette Roberts
POPSUGAR Photography | Anna Monette Roberts

You know In-N-Out is undeniably delicious; you know to order animal style and a Neapolitan shake; you know other fast food restaurants aren't quite as good . . . but you may not know these 11 facts that may make you see the burger chain in a whole new light.

  1. The very first In-N-Out opened in 1948 in Baldwin Park, CA, (east of Los Angeles) by husband-and-wife team Harry and Esther Snyder. From the beginning, there was an emphasis in fresh ingredients and food made by hand.
  2. Curious to know what the first In-N-Out drive-through-only restaurant looked like? A replica exists in Baldwin Park, CA, and it's open for viewing and photos Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  3. You know that two-way speaker box you use in drive-throughs? Yeah, Harry invented that in his garage.
  4. The logo basically has not changed since 1954. According to In-N-Out employees, the yellow arrow "points to pride."
  5. Animal-style burgers have been around since 1961 and Double-Doubles since 1963.
  6. Most In-N-Out locations have palm trees planted in front as a nod to founder Harry Snyder's favorite movie, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
  7. Shakes weren't added to the menu until 1975. They used to be mixed right in the paper cups.
  8. Did you know you could buy an In-N-Out shirt at the restaurant? Well, you can, plus a ton more swag online.
  9. There's an In-N-Out University! It's for managers from all locations to come in and receive training on how to offer the best In-N-Out experience for their customers.
  10. The business is still family owned and operated. The founders' granddaughter Lynsi is currently leading the company.
  11. As of 2016, there are 313 In-N-Out locations, compared to 66 Shake Shacks and 36,000 McDonald's.