Escondido hungry for its own In-N-Out
Tony Perry has a nice feature in today's California section on Escondido's attempts to convince In-N-Out executives why their city, located north of San Diego and south of Temecula off the 15 Freeway, needs an outpost of the beloved burger chain. According to Perry, the city came close in 1991, but the chain balked at the Escondido City Council's decision to not allow a billboard big enough to be seen by travelers speeding by on I-15. There are multiple In-N-Out locations near Escondido in communities such as San Marcos, but none in the city proper.
Anyone who has been to the North County city (I've spent a good deal of time in Escondido, as my mother has lived there for the last decade) knows that there is not much in the way of decent burger joints; although they do have a Fatburger, and I've grown to love the old-school feel of Hotshot burgers, in lieu of an In-N-Out. Who doesn't like a place with tater tots on the menu?
To read Perry's full story, go here.
-- Charlie Amter
Photo of San Marcos' In-N-Out, near Escondido, by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times