This week Daddy and I didn’t have high expectations for Date Night. Mainly because we had a smaller budget and we were preparing for a busy weekend ahead. We have the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, recently added to our schedule was a going away lunch for Grandpa (didn’t realize he was leaving, *tear) and Daddy’s Tournament (that he wants no one to know about, *wink) on Sunday. Well, things changed and we were more apt to having a quiet Date Night because Pinky has been feeling sick. This is her second time being sick this month. Could be her teeth rolling in, allergies, or just a plain old miserable cold. Whatever it is, we both feel so bad and wish we could take the pain away. On top of that, I’m having a bad cycle, if you know what I mean. Once again, Tia Locita came to the rescue and watched Pinky while Mommy and Daddy ran a few errands, finished washing clothes and picked up dinner for everyone.
So, Date Night was all about getting IN N’ OUT, literally. We didn’t want to leave Pinky for a long time. Daddy had a few things he needed to pick up for his tourney on Sunday. I had a few household items I needed, but never got. Anyway, I’m always so amazed at how men, Daddy in particular can go IN N’ OUT of a store. He rarely gets distracted by anything, he just goes in for what he came for, takes it to an available check out stand and he’s out in 2.5 minutes flat. Me on the other hand, that’s a whole other blog post. We went to Big 5 and I waited in the car to make a phone call. By the time I was done leaving a message Daddy came walking towards the car. Then we went to Sports Challet, AT THE MALL! I could have taken advantage of the free time and wandered to another store like I usually do, but this time, I stayed by his side. We were IN N’ OUT of the store in less than ten minutes, even with one minor distraction. Unfortunately, they didn’t have what we were looking for but even if they did, we would have still been IN N’ OUT in less than ten.
Finally, we made an impromptu decision to pick up IN N’ OUT Burgers for dinner. We ordered (2) #1’s – Double-Double with fries and Root Beer for me and Tia Locita; and (1) Double-Double + (1) Cheeseburger for Daddy. We spent a little over $18 for three people which isn’t too bad. Besides, IN N’ OUT rarely disappoints, I don’t have to tell you how good they are…everybody knows! Unless you are not from a different planet.
I must share that I am a little behind when I heard about the, Secret Menu! I was doing some research when I was pregnant for ‘the best burger in San Diego,’ and found IN N’ OUT’s Secret Menu on Badmouth.net. Oddly enough, I hated IN N’ OUT when I was pregnant and for a long time after I gave birth. At any rate, eventually Daddy and I tried the Animal Style Fries and fell in love with the Neapolitan Milkshake! Animal Style Fries are IN N’ OUT’s fresh fries only drenched in this tangy thousand island-like sauce with pickles, cheese and grilled onions, YUM! You can ask for extra “spread” (code name for sauce) at the window…they have packets of it! You can have anything Animal Style on the menu, even your burger. The Neapolitan Milkshake is basically a blend of their strawberry, chocolate and vanilla flavors, it’s so delicious, and you actually get a taste of each flavor. It’s that good.
Although we went the traditional route tonight, I just wanted to share the ‘secret menu’ with you so next time you can give it a try. That is, if you haven’t already. I was a little weireded out asking for something that wasn’t on the menu at first, but after a while I got used to it. I like that IN N’ OUT has this secret menu, it makes you fell like a secret agent when ordering at the window. What’s funny is when I went directly to the IN N’ OUT website and searched for the secret menu, nothing was found. When I Googled “in n out secret menu,” IN N’ OUT was first on the list, but when I viewed their Not-So Secret Menu (this is what they called it), it was not as complete as the one I found on Badmouth. What I love about Badmouth’s site is that they provide mouthwatering images and brief descriptions of each ‘secret’ item.
We encourage you to at least give the Secret Menu a try. Date Night may not have been as exciting as the last, but the important thing is that we still went. When it comes down to it, we have to make sure we take care of our family first.
Do you have any secret menu’s you can share? Wed love to find more!