East Coast Versus West Coast

A feud that will never die! Whether it’s Biggie v. Tupac, NYC v. LA, or in this case Shake Shack v. In N Out Burger, you’ve got to pick sides and you gotta do it quick!

Not really.

But who doesn’t enjoy a good East Coast versus West Coast debate?!?!

So Shake Shack made it to the west. It has for some time now, but it has quite taken off in Vegas… I mean… there’s two locations! Yes, two! I finally had the best burgers of both worlds just a drive away and I couldn’t help but do my own side-by-side!

East Coast versus West Coast

As a disclaimer: I am in the middle. I grew up an east coaster. In New York city to be exact. I loved it there, and still do. But for the most part, I think I just like to visit now, not very interested in living there at the moment. In my last year of high school I moved to Vegas. It was pretty hard on me at first because I had to do all the senior activities without my friends. I hated the place! But Vegas has grown on me, and I must say I love it!

Of course, In N Out is not originally from Vegas, but it is a west coast thing. And while I lived in NYC, I never tried Shake Shack in New York. I only tried it for the first time at the beginning of this year, in Miami. Kinda late to the Shake Shack game, I know. And to top it all off, I am not a burgers kinda gal… or am I???

East Coast versus West Coast
I’ve enjoyed In N Out for quite some time now. It is definitely my top choice when on a road trip from LV to LA. Their fresh ingredients, simple menu, and friendly atmosphere took all the negative out of the fast food joint. Their fries are so fresh, you may even catch them cutting the potatoes every once in a while (in a really cool contraption!). I like when menus are short and simple, it communicates to me that they know what they’re good at and that’s what I’ll be eating.

East Coast Versus West CoastShake Shack on the other hand, I’ve only tasted three times. It’s got less of a fast food vibe to it, maybe because it’s a fancier looking place? Maybe because it’s more expensive? Maybe because of it’s many choices… or is it that they sell beer??? You still stand in line to order, and then get your own order when it’s ready. And the ingredients seem just as fresh as those of In N Out… Maybe not the fries? I’m suspicious about their shape.

East Coast Versus West CoastEast Coast Versus West CoastBoth burgers are delicious, but side by side I’m gonna have to say that the Shack Stack takes the prize! That crispy Portobello mushroom with deliciously melted cheese inside makes my mouth water at the thought of it! When it comes to fries, my heart is with In N Out. They both have an assortment of shakes, but I do appreciate the simplicity of In N Out’s menu. I have found myself unable to take in all of Shake Shack’s menu even after visiting three times!Β That’s not a completely bad thing though.

All in all, I would say that my preference for In N Out and Shake Shack is much like my affection for NY v. LV. I love them both, but one is for regular visits and the other is for the special occasions. Now let me make this post a special occasion and grab me a delicious Shack Stack!

Which one is your favorite?



    • Indeed it does! Must try! Though I have to say, I wasn’t too crazy about their shakes. But you already knew that πŸ˜‰

  1. The East vs West Coast debate is always great. I am a bit biased as I have only been to the East Coast (NYC, Miami), so I will refrain from saying which is the best πŸ˜›

    • Good to know! I have yet to try Steak n Shake (I’ve only tried the shake part), but I hear good things for sure!

  2. I have never had either but have to laugh because only in America could you have an East Vs. West burger fued. Love it!

  3. Cool. I unfortunately have to avoid this food altogether. After my metabolism started slowing down, there really wasn’t an alternative…

  4. I personally don’t know anything about the West Coast and East Coast rivalry, but I care about the burger. I love burger and when I do get there someday I’ll try them both.

  5. Definitely In and Out. So glad you posted this we are leaving in two days for California where we get to eat at In and Out! I can’t wait!

  6. I have no idea, but I will be in the West Coast in the summer and now I know what burger to try!!! then i’ll have my excuse to fly to the East coast: it’s just fair…

    • You really think they’re tiny? Then I need to try whatever you’re trying, because I could barely finish mine πŸ˜‰

  7. I have lived in the US for little over 2 years, spending most of my time in Denver and Boulder (CO) and a few months in New York. I have also visited Oregon. Yes, I do like the nature of Colorado and Oregon etc etc. Yet, I think that any European would like the East Coast better, as it feels more similar to “home”.

  8. Unfortunately, I have not had a Shake Shack but we will be in Vegas on March 8 and we will be sure to try. Thanks for the heads-up! Love portobello mushrooms in my burger.

  9. Great now I am starving for a good ol’ American Burger…No fair showing these pictures when I am stuck in China πŸ˜›

  10. I can’t really say that I have a favorite because I have yet to land there and try the food! Rest assured I will take note of it and hopefully, can get back to you in the future with my choice πŸ˜‰

  11. In-n-Out forever! Ok, I’m bi-coastal and I love both. But Shake Shack lost some points with me when they went back to the crinkle cut fries instead of the hand cut.

  12. I’ve never tried either! I grew up in the South where there’s mostly Sonic and Steak N’ Shake. I prefer Sonic because it’s a drive-up and they bring you your food on a tray while riding roller skates πŸ™‚

  13. When I was still eating hamburgers In & Out was my poison of choice. I loved the grilled onions especially. Haven’t tried Shake Shack, being a California gal, but I just might given your descriptions.

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