In-N-Out, cult burger joint from the West coast of America with the iconic red and yellow arrow logo, who haven't even made it to the East coast, wouldn't do a pop-up in London, right?
And definitely not for just 4 hours, right?
And if they did, it certainly wouldn't be in a greasy spoon called Florence Cafe, on Vivian Avenue, in Hendon, right?
WRONG. They did. I went. And it was glorious.
Last year I wrote to In-N-Out to find out if they were going to send us a London franchise (read my crowdsource an In-N-Out for London post here), this year, they sent us a 4 hour pop-up. So we're getting closer!
And it's not the first time they've popped up in different cities around the world - take a recent post on A Hamburger Today about the In-N-Out Singapore pop-up - same MO, different city.
I rocked up and met half the team from Burger Anarchy at 10am, as well as TV pundit Simon Thompson (who gave me a heads up on Sunday), in the cold outside Florence Italian Cafe, part-way up Vivian Avenue, just outside Hendon Central Tube Station. Set up was taking place, and we were first in the queue with our wristbands:
We had a chance to spend some time talking to the chefs and staff. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have:
- Yes, they flew their chefs over from the U.S.
- Yes, it was advertised in The Finchley Times
|Photo courtesy of @Ibzo|
- Yes, it was confirmed by In-N-Out.
|Email courtesy of Dan Peters|
- Yes, Hendon is in the middle of bloody NOWHERE but it did help manage the potential crowd situation.
Time for some Double-Double Animal Style action:
|Double-Double > Animal Style. In London.|
|Imported In-N-Out cups.|
|Mmm...Double-Double Animal Style|
|Check out the layer of grilled onions...mmm|
|I'm an animal, baby.|
So, all in all a bit surreal, but I'm bloody glad I made it - here's hoping In-N-Out realise how popular their products are and send us a franchise sometime soon, it'll be a great addition to the London Burger scene.
Visited and written by Nick Andrews, author of Burger Me!