Monday night was the third time that I have heard a sneaky plug for In-N-Out Burger in only about six episodes that I have watched of the new L.A. area-based “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” When I heard this burger blurt come up in conversation for the first time a couple of weeks ago, with a guest (Tom Hanks, I think) advising Conan on where to find great burgers in L.A., it sounded genuine. When, a few days later, I heard it for the second time in the exact same context with a different guest, I began to have suspicions. Then, on Monday night, my suspicions seem to have been confirmed.
Please tell me that I’m not the only one that finds the Alvarado/Temple McDonald’s ketchup delivery system to be a little strange. I can’t help but imagine that feeding tube meandering snake-like down through the floor and pipes and plumbing to some huge pressurized vat of McKetchup that gets refilled once a month via tanker truck. I suppose that’s what I get for hitting McDonald’s instead of an LA-owned spot like In-N-Out (to whom I would offer my firstborn for a lifetime supply of food) or Tommy’s (who I don’t really like, but aren’t any worse than McDonald’s and are local) or my beloved WeHo Astro Burger (who still have the good sense to serve you ketchup in a bottle). In better news, somebody in charge at the Golden Arches HQ must’ve learned a lesson from last year’s Shamrock Shake debacle because this location also bore a large sign proudly proclaiming the availability of “Triple Thick Shamrock Shakes.” I didn’t partake, but knowing that the large variety of their other shakes weigh in at a whopping 1100+ calories, I’d advise any of you that plan to partake of the green devil to stick to the 16 oz.