The Birth of an In-N-Out

Last week I ate inside a brand spankin' new In-N-Out in El Segundo. At the time of my devouring, it was the newest location in the city... in the state... and quite possibly in the entire nation!

The grand opening happened right before the new year on December 30th, just in time for those whose 2016 resolution is to eat a Double-Double everyday. Its inception began about 9 months ago and I've been waiting patiently ever since I saw the construction site being blocked off.

 In April, green fencing went up on the corner of Mariposa & Sepulveda. At first I didn't know what was being built so I was like whatevs, but then I heard murmurs that it was going to be an In-N-Out and then I was like OH HECKS YEAH!

In April, green fencing went up on the corner of Mariposa & Sepulveda. At first I didn't know what was being built so I was like whatevs, but then I heard murmurs that it was going to be an In-N-Out and then I was like OH HECKS YEAH!

  I walked over to the construction site for further investigation. The building (and everything around it) was being completely demolished.   

I walked over to the construction site for further investigation. The building (and everything around it) was being completely demolished.  

 With no obvious signage, I was beginning to worry... but then I saw this!! I felt like Mikey when he  discovered the map  in  The Goonies .

With no obvious signage, I was beginning to worry... but then I saw this!! I felt like Mikey when he discovered the map in The Goonies.

 Awww look at these lil' baby palm trees, aints they cute? I wanted to hop the barricade to hug one of them, but... I didn't.

Awww look at these lil' baby palm trees, aints they cute? I wanted to hop the barricade to hug one of them, but... I didn't.

Fast forward to January 3rd, the day I arrived back to LA after my vacation. As I'm unpacking the car, I see my neighbor Sue and she informs me that the new In-N-Out is finally open. After jumping up in the air like Super Mario, I headed straight over there — MEEP MEEP!!

 YES.

YES.

 Just 2.5 miles apart, the El Segundo location will serve to alleviate the always-packed LAX location.

Just 2.5 miles apart, the El Segundo location will serve to alleviate the always-packed LAX location.

 The palm trees are all grown up!! Nice to see ya again, Kamille & Chatsworth!! (just kidding, I didn't name them you silly).

The palm trees are all grown up!! Nice to see ya again, Kamille & Chatsworth!! (just kidding, I didn't name them you silly).

 The 2-lane drive-thru is designed to account for heavy traffic during peak hours. After the second turn, the 2 lanes merge into one.

The 2-lane drive-thru is designed to account for heavy traffic during peak hours. After the second turn, the 2 lanes merge into one.

 (Aussie accent): Here we see a lone vehicle in the In-N-Out drive-thru, a RARE SIGHT!! Ain't she a beauty...

(Aussie accent): Here we see a lone vehicle in the In-N-Out drive-thru, a RARE SIGHT!! Ain't she a beauty...

 Once inside, I noticed how everything was squeaky clean. I felt lucky to take a whiff of that "new In-N-Out smell"... which was a combination of french fries and oxygen.

Once inside, I noticed how everything was squeaky clean. I felt lucky to take a whiff of that "new In-N-Out smell"... which was a combination of french fries and oxygen.

 This sign is probably the most updated thing at an In-N-Out (take note, cool-ass vapers). 

This sign is probably the most updated thing at an In-N-Out (take note, cool-ass vapers). 

 The employees easily outnumbered the customers the day I went. It will probably stay this way until rival little league teams battle it out in a neapolitan shake slurping contest. 

The employees easily outnumbered the customers the day I went. It will probably stay this way until rival little league teams battle it out in a neapolitan shake slurping contest. 

 After ordering and sitting down, Rodolfo handed out a freebie of stickers. Why In-N-Out chose dinosaurs instead of  Victoria's Secret models I'll never understand.  

After ordering and sitting down, Rodolfo handed out a freebie of stickers. Why In-N-Out chose dinosaurs instead of  Victoria's Secret models I'll never understand.  

 Double-Double with whole grilled onions + animal style fries — my usual. Just look at that gorgeous toast on that plumpy bun, that irresistible chunk of hardened paper-cheese, and WHAAAT!! I automatically get 2 tomato slices!? No complaints here, I love TWOmatoes ;)

Double-Double with whole grilled onions + animal style fries — my usual. Just look at that gorgeous toast on that plumpy bun, that irresistible chunk of hardened paper-cheese, and WHAAAT!! I automatically get 2 tomato slices!? No complaints here, I love TWOmatoes ;)

My experience at this new In-N-Out stood out from all my previous 482 visits. There was no need to listen for my order number as Geiryf kindly offered to bring my order to my table. She was very personable and sweet as she insisted on delivering me an extra cup of water and some ketchup, too.

Of course, this type of service is above and beyond the norm and won't continue past the grand opening phase, but it sure was a nice touch. Later down the road when the El Segundo In-N-Out has lost its luster, I will sit back and smile remembering my first visit.