California is perfect for the fast food, drive-thru culture: convertible with the top down, driving along PCH, burger and milkshake in hand, groovy music on the radio. That is the quintessential way to enjoy a meal for many Californians. While fancy food fads have gone in and out of style, old-school Southern California classics like In-N-Out are still around to make the next generation drool.
If you don’t have a lot of cash or time for a vacation, but you have a hankering for some good food and a little bit of sunshine, meet us after the jump for some of the original locations where Californians of the past satisfied their meat fixations!
1) McDonald’s 10207 Lakewood Blvd. at Florence Avenue, San Bernardino, CA
Yes, the whole world has us to thank (or blame) for the big bucks made by the Big Mac from the world’s biggest fast food chain. The chain was started in San Bernardino by two brothers, Maurice and Richard McDonald, who loved barbecue. The original McDonald’s location served ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches before the brothers decided to make history by reopening as McDonald’s Hamburgers with burgers for 15 cents and french fries for 10 cents. Those are some awesome prices!
Now this building is open as a museum and boasts Speedee the Chef, a 60-foot neon sign and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is free. Check out more details here.
2) Taco Bell 7112 Firestone Blvd, Downey, California
We have a rule that we can only eat at the Taco Bell’s with the original signage after a high school experience with one (or twenty) too many tacos, but the Downey location is super-original. It is the first Taco Bell ever!
Unfortunately, the original building doesn’t house the original Taco Bell anymore since owner Glen Bell died last year. Fortunately, that doesn’t really matter much for Taco Bell as reports say that after Glen Bell made Taco Bell an international sensation, he sold it for a solid $130 million. Way to go from taco shack to taco empire, Bell! That’s thinking outside the bun!
3) Wienerschnitzel 900 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Wilmington, California.
Young and enterprising Wienerschnitzel founder, John Galardi, had a brilliant idea. Why not put meat in a bun and sell it in franchises around the world! Ok, so this sounds like a familiar scheme, but Galardi decided that his “edge” would be in hot dogs.
The original restaurant still stands as well as 300 other stores in 10 states and Guam.
We guess that whole “meat in a bun” idea worked.
4) In-N-Out 3850 Francisquito Ave. Baldwin Park, California
Now to our favorite Southern California fast food of all time! In-N-Out! On a very special day, In-N-Out was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in Baldwin Park. The original location is closed but the new “original” location is open right near the old site on the other side of the freeway and boasts proximity to the In-N-Out University where employees learn how to make meaty magic that doesn’t require fancy menus like the rest of these places. It has burgers, fries, milkshakes, sodas and that’s it. Everything fresh. Everything made to order. Everything yummy.
Our favorite thing to order at In-N-Out is a grilled cheese animal-style and extra crispy fries (and when we really like to be bad we make those fries animal-style too).
You can’t just order from the regular menu. You have to order from the secret menu to get the real thrill. Check out this crash course video on the secret In-N-Out menu.
This is an animal-style burger:
- Weigh in (although not after your fast food road trip). What is your favorite fast food in California? Are there any secret things you know to order?
[Source: AOL News]