Instant In-N-Out Building in Pleasant Hill

February 25, 2012 10:14 am · 121 comments

Holy Cow, look at that! Just two weeks ago, there was nothing but a concrete slab on the property, and now, there’s a building!

The future In-N-Out should be open by early summer, according to sources.

Thanks to “eknirb” for the photos of the soon-to-be In-N-Out on Contra Costa Boulevard & Chilpancingo in Pleasant Hill.

1 9 deuce daisy February 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Oh yay, more crap fast food.

2 LTG February 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

@ 9 deuce daisy…Never eaten at In-N-Out, huh? That would be my guess…

3 macawlady February 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Glad to hear it. Been waiting for this forever.

Just a little worried as to how this will affect traffic in the area. Already pretty congested there.

4 ConcordMama February 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I have been by there before they had the building when there was nothing there was worried something changed glad to see it hasn’t

5 Clayho February 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Glad to see this. We have a serious lack of drive-thru anything in Claycord. It saves time. Seriously, there are hardly any drive-thru atms, restaurants or other stores here.

6 Fowl Hunter February 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

When’s the other one going up on Main?

7 @LTG February 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

i was gonna say the same thing to 9 Deuce… n out isnt simply CRAP FAST FOOD…….its the best crap fast food there is

8 momof3 February 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Can’t wait for it to open, hamburgers are better then 5 guys. I like 5 guys but prefer In N Out.

9 Jim White February 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Traffic should be completely horrendous now on Contra Costa as cars back up trying to make the turn right around the corner to try and get into another crap shack. Thanks Pleasant Hill City counsel for another poor disastrous planning idea. Also want to thank them for the proposed Cell Tower disguised as a “Tree” at D.V.C. they’ve got going next. They don’t care about this part of Pleasant Hill and we have always underrepresented here.

10 Don February 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I now only wonder what the traffic will be like going to Sunvalley around Christmas : ( Its going to get worse!

11 Jim White February 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

hey don’t care about this part of Pleasant Hill and we have always been underrepresented here.

In the photo where the orange cones are is where the cars will be stopped with their cars idling to get in there. A mess just as we now have at the new Safeway gas station. Great planning. Thanks.

12 marinemom February 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Don’t forget about the secret menu items when you order..

13 WTF February 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

@ 9 deuce daisy
You say that like you had no idea this was coming.

14 J February 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

In-N-Out makes a nice fresh reasonably sized reasonably priced burger.

Nation’s is similar, but 3/4 of a pound.

15 Cindy C February 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’m so excited… I don’t eat fast food from anywhere… Just in n out.

For anyone that says its crap fast food should watch how the other fast food places get their fries from the freezer but with in n out you can sit in the window and watch them put the fresh potatoes through the slicer…most actual restaurants don’t even do that!

16 I AM TOO FAT TO EAT February 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

That’s great another fast food place that’s all we need people aren’t we fat enough we need health food .I just can’t believe you people are so happy there is a drive thru you can’t even get out of your car. That’s why we all are so very large in this country shame on us

17 Pleasant Jenny February 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The traffic is going to be a nightmare :( As one said, just like the Safeway gas station. We live near the college and now all I hear are people honking for other people to stop texting and move up once a car moves. I have always thought honking was somewhat obnoxious & should only be used in emergencies but even I have been honking more when behind someone at a light, the light turns green, and they have to finish their text first. Grrrrr…obviously not feeling very pleasant today.

18 Samrox February 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I am so glad this is finally happening I have cut out fast food for the last two years! And finally a good place to get some fresh never frozen French fries! I don’t eat hamburgers but love me some fries! Just not Gina go until the hype is done with and only at odd hours so there isn’t has much traffic. I love that this is happening but couldn’t we have foun a better location?

19 @Fowl Hunter February 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I think the one on Main St. isn’t going to happen.

20 Nick February 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

@Pleasant Jenny, I’m getting a little off topic for this thread but I couldn’t agree more on the topic of honking. Admittedly I find myself doing it more these days but I always end up annoyed with myself for doing it. I especially hate people that pull up to a house to pick someone up and honk rather than walking their lazy ass up to the door. Is a driveway really so long that you can’t be bothered to make the trek to the porch?

Rant concluded.

21 Anon February 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Those secret menu items sound like a great way to avoid showing the prices on a menu board.

22 Miggity February 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I’m really surprised this site was approved based on the known traffic issues at in n out. Getting in to Target and Toys r Us will likely be impossible now. This area was already a traffic nightmare at times and once this place opens it will be really bad. I just think this was a horrible location for this franchise and I hope I’m wrong….time will tell.

23 Miggs February 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Instant? This has been a long time coming.

24 eknirb February 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

can’t wait.

25 anonomous February 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Number 17 I agree that new safeway -safeway gas station has caused such a back up by DVC. Traffic is bad now just wait will take twice as long. But at the same time I would love an In and Out :)

26 WOW February 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The Safeway gas station is bad because they only want vehicles to go one way. People wait for a pump that is on the side of the car where their gas cap is.

27 Yes February 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

The only bright spot in that ghetto neighborhood is In-n-Out. Still not enough to make me go down there.

28 what the heck February 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM

love their hamburgers….wish they’d put more meat in it so that i don’t have to buy double meat…love their french fries especially…stays crunchy for a long time.

29 Robbie Douglas February 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Yes! Been waiting for more than a year!

30 Chef February 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

With DVC being 90% Asian, this will be even more of a disaster than the 99 Ranch market in Park n Shop.

31 Fassbinder February 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Can’t wait to apply for a job

32 Mr. Anon E. Mouse February 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Yup, seems as this end of “Pleasant” Hill will be on the avoid list now. I was stuck at the light for 5 minutes at the new Safeway because people don’t understand you don’t enter the intersection if you can’t make it through! Sure, inconvenience the rest of us for your cheap gas. Traffic is already a PITA when I go to that shopping center; this rotting flesh, processed starch, and sugar-loaded carbohydrate food establishment will only make it worster!
Do the city people who approve these permits even look at the fake reports or just care how much they get bribed??

33 JustMe February 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I get In-N-Out all the time, so I can’t say I’m looking foward to this opening, but it’s nice to have another one in the area.

34 Allymali February 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Its like you people haven’t tasted 5 guys!!! In N Out is ok but 5 guys (maybe this is just me) is a whole lot better

35 fr49ered February 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I tried that restaurant three times at three different locations. In-n-Out = Worst hamburgers ever! Clown Alley in SF was by far the best burger joint but since they’re gone, Nations is the best.

36 Betty Sanchez February 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The worm-Cream PUFF Leone sure can”t help Now. LEGONIE GROW SOME BALLS, you don’t need to hang out at city hall all day to figure out things. Try being a leasder for a change!!!!

37 Saw it with my own eyes! February 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM

If anyone is wondering how they built this In N Out so quickly, I can tell you. I was on my way home from the Cannabis Dispensary after picking up my green leafy meds. I looked up in the sky and I saw a helicopter lowering the hamburger stand down to the ground from way up in the sky. It was amazing! Evidently they built this building somewhere else and brought it in via the sky highway. Simply amazing what they can do!

38 Anon February 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Traffics, traffic… Who really cares! In and Out in our local town, is a total score!!!!

39 Zoom-Zoom February 25, 2012 at 4:39 PM

The orange tree protection fence isn’t doing its job.. just like the PH building/engineering/planning staff who are supposed to enforce their regulations. The fence is supposed to be surrounding the dripline and no debris/building materials should be stored under the dripline. Good thing the tree is pretty much dormant but the builder (and the PH city staff) should know better.

That intersection is going to be a clusterf**k when it opens… especially as folks exit the site to southbound CC Blvd and are trying to cross two lanes to go eastbound on Concord Av. I’d avoid the for at least a coupla weeks until it settles down.

40 Zima February 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

No go for the one on Main? awww

41 Fowl Hunter February 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I think #37 is smoking too much of his green leafy meds. There is no way they could carry a building that large via helicopter in one piece..

42 Reality says... February 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

It will be interesting to see if they fixed the flaw in their build template. The last three INO’s built around here all have the same design flaw in the mens bathroom; when entering the mens bathroom the door swings right to left, right into the person washing their hands at the sink. I have seen numerous people get smacked by an anxious kid or adult coming into the restroom. This should have easily been noticed on the blueprints if they did the math correctly, or maybe they did and it wasn’t a concern.

43 Nick February 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Chef, forgive me if I’m being dense but, what’s the connection between Asians and in-n-out?

44 bs February 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

i cant wait i love it so does my children and grandchild its the best i bet you all nasty comments have been to mcdonalds and ate at target lol lol lol i might get a job there maybe your kids can too lol lol come on baby bring it on

45 Larrabee February 25, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Is that some homeless guy living in the trench?(bottom photo)

46 Dorothy Englund February 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I’m wondering how In-N-Out will manage to enforce a 122 person maximum limit onsite at all times. That is one of the conditions of use and is something the County Airport Land Use Commission insisted on because the restaurant is situated in Airport Safety Zones 2 and 3. The 122 maximum should include all employees (about 16 on average but possibly more), the customers seated indoors, the customers waiting to order food indoors, the customers seated at the outdoor tables and the customers waiting in the drive-thru.

The City observed a smaller restaurant facility in Folsom with 128 customers on a Sunday afternoon. How will the City ever enforce the 122 maximum?

Watch out for low-flying planes.

47 Dorothy Englund February 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I should clarify my previous comment. The County Airport Land Use Commission Staff insisted on the 122 person maximum. The Commission didn’t review the project because the City assured the Commission Staff that the restaurant would not exceed the 122 person limit.

48 LMAO February 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

why did they build it in an angle? every single in n out i know of is parallel with the main drag. this is strange.

49 Adam Henry February 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

That intersection with 680 South Exit is one big Joke. I’ll take Pleasant Hill rd or Morello to avoid that freakshow.

50 Pleasant Bill February 25, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Interesting point Dorothy. However 122 seems like a lot of people for this place. INOs typically do not have much seating and are partially oriented to serve drive-thru customers. I am curious, though, what does proximity to the airport have to do with how many people are allowed in a building?

51 @Dorothy Englund February 25, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Who cares? WTF kind of bullshit math wizardry are you talking about? What is the basis for a 122 person limit ? Some govt. dickwad needs to set some limit ? What’s the f”@&ing purpose ? Too dangerous cause of an airport? Get real.

52 I will continue my patronage at... February 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

…the best burger place in the East Bay…..Diggers Diner. Hopefully the yuppies who swoon over In and Out, Krispy Kreme, and the other corporate slop chutes will stay away, along with their obnoxious little offspring, prancing about in their dainty little soccer costumes…

53 122 Customer maximum. February 25, 2012 at 8:10 PM

122 is the maximum number of people allowed by the FAA to be buried in a mass grave. Beyond that number it is the airport’s responsibility to provide a separate casket and burial site for each victim.

54 Attention Reality Says.... February 25, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I believe the door swings in that manner to visually shield a man using the urinal from being observed from the hallway.

55 Jim White February 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Believe it or not, up until about 1970 that intersection needed only 4 stop signs to control traffic. There wasn’t really that much to speak of. Then the traffic got worse with all 4 lanes of traffic attempting to cross the intersection at the same time. Cars were in the middle of the intersection dodging each other. Finally a simple traffic light was installed.

Today? Cars are in the middle of the intersection dodging each other.

56 O2BYZ February 25, 2012 at 8:43 PM

5 guys sucks.
Too much mayo @ Nations.
In n out is good. So is The Habit.

57 Zoom-Zoom February 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM


It’s clear you don’t understand building codes that are in place for YOUR safety. The occupancy of a building is determined, among others, established standards of persons per square foot of floor area (Occupancy Load). For a restaurant, there are different ratios used for fixed seating areas and areas used for portable tables and chairs. Over 50, more stringent requirements like sprinklering, exit doors and the minimum distance between those exit doors.

Typically, the calculated occupancy would pack them in like sardines according to the numbers but is, in code terms, the legal limit – not really a physical limit nor is it related to a personal comfort level.

If you have more questions, contact your local chief building official.

58 vindex February 25, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Ghetto neighborhood? Seriously? I guess you’ve never been to a real ghetto then. You need to get out more.

59 Chuckie February 25, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Bottom Line Thoughts:

In-N-Out is Way better than 5 Guys and other chains. For specialty burgers, try Digger’s Diner.

After the last shoplifting/shoting at Scum Valley Mall we might see less traffic in the area. I used to go to Penny’s and Sears…guess I’ll avoid Penny’s from now on. I agree that the intersections and freeway on/off ramps in the area are proof that traffic engineers should be drug tested.

Openning Day, week, month will be crazy. Early summer openning will be good for easing everyone into the ins and outs of this location. Traffic will improve some by the Christmas season. I’ll try to go there before noon or after 1 pm to avoid the worst of the traffic.

60 mileena February 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Can someone rank the top 5 burger joints for me?

This is what I have:

1. Sonic Drive-In
2. Carls Jr.
3. In-N-Out
4. Five Guys
5. Fuddruckers

61 mileena February 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

And before people ask, yes there are Sonics closeby: Hayward, American Canyon, and Vacaville.

62 mileena February 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

#32 Anon E. Mouse:

“I was stuck at the light for 5 minutes at the new Safeway because people don’t understand you don’t enter the intersection if you can’t make it through! Sure, inconvenience the rest of us for your cheap gas. ”

Safeway gas is not cheap. Costco gas is cheap. I wait in line 10 minutes for it.

63 DVC student February 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Soooo basically everytime a new semester at DVC begins that means I have to wait an additional 30 minutes to weed through all the traffic. Awesome what should be a 15 minute drive to school will now take over an hour not to mention finding parking. I love the new Safeway and the idea of In and Out but location isn’t great there’s enough traffic as is! Guess I better think about that bus schedule….

64 CJ February 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM

@DVC student:
When you’ve finished your studies, if you’re fortunate enough to land a nice job, that hour commute to school might seem like a walk in the park!

65 DVC student February 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

@CJ: ha! very true. It’s not the length of the commute that bugs me. It’s the fact that without traffic for example on days that I have 6 A.M. classes or evening classes that is a 15 minute drive. My other concern is the accidents waiting to happen… god knows half the drivers out there especially the young ones that go to DVC drive like idiots.

66 KAD February 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM

@mileena – Thanks for the information. American Caynon here I come. That is my #1 too.

67 ruthie February 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

hey zoom zoom, I am and will always be the one responsible for my safety, so zip zip it !!!!!!!!!!!!

68 AoD February 26, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Nations is always #1 in my book!

69 Mimi (original) February 26, 2012 at 5:38 AM

I hate their burger buns. I don’t care for their French fries. And I totally hate that I will not be able to shop at the Pleasnt Hill Target ever again. The intersection of Conta Costa Blvd and Chilpancingo is already a nightmare and now the idiots at city hall have allowed this! Well, they can kiss my tax dollars goodbye.

70 Zoom-Zoom February 26, 2012 at 7:06 AM

hey Ruthie @ #67…. ignorance is bliss eh?

I nominate you as a Darwin award candidate. We’ll be waiting.

71 Chef February 26, 2012 at 7:59 AM

@ Nick

Well my friend seems like you have never driven around the DVC area, it is absolutely FLOODED with horrible Asian drivers. So an In n Out addition which will tripple or quadruple the traffic, will pretty much cause mayhem.

Not to mention I left DVC primarily because I could not stand hearing the sound of pots and pans banging against eachother.

72 bs February 26, 2012 at 8:05 AM

you all are crazy get a life and stop bitchen i bet you all will eat there at least once your kids are missing out boooo whoooo

73 Chef February 26, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Mileena not only has horrible taste in burgers, but she thinks Hayward, American Canyon, and Vacaville are close by. hahah

Sorry honey Sonics burgers are disgusting, you should only go there for the drinks and tots.

You people should try Best Burger and Bongo Burger.

74 Burger Miester February 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I want my “double double animalstyle with a grilled flaming a**hole ” and fries “animal style on fire” yea I made part of it up, but tell the cashier and they will make it with a smile…..
B.T.W. the “Coffin burger” at DIGGERS is definitly worth the anxiety of being able to eat that massive beautiful burger…Support your local business
Best burger on monment is pretty good too…
Had Carls last night 6 dollar steakhouse .. was ok not great ..
Fuddruckers is allright try the ostrich burger mmmmmm…

BUT the Best hamburger ever is the ones dad used to make on the grill in my youth…Fresh ground beef seasoned, grilled on an open fire with love..
Thanks Dad….:-)

75 JRConcord February 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

MR Mayor…Next open thread about the best food/ resturaunts in the claycord area??? yep I like food :-)

76 Cowellian February 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Sonic? Really? The burgers are OK, I guess, but certainly not in my top 5. It’s kind of cool that they are a drive-in, if you like eating in your car, but at my age, I’ve outgrown the enjoyment of that.

I miss Burger Road. The service was rotten, but they had great burgers, great onion rings, AND I could get an IPA with my meal. I’ve never eaten at 5 Guys or the Habit. So, here is my top 5:

1) Fuddruckers.

2) Nations had the best bacon cheeseburger. Period. Too bad they didn’t have onion rings.

3) Wendy’s Baconator is the best fast-food burger. Their bacon makes the difference.

4) Carls Jr./Hardees.

5) Steak-n-Shake. My new favorite, and they’re less than a mile from my house.

77 anon February 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

“How will the City ever enforce the 122 maximum?”
1. Who cares ?
2. Building people do not work weekends
3. Waste of cops time to count them
4. Eat your burger & leave
5. who cares ?
6. if you are scared of crowds or being near an airport – stay home

78 Wayne February 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Chef you have a horrible taste in burgers. Best burgers really and what the hell is a bongo burger??? Your an idiot.

79 mileena February 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Cowellian, there are no Steak n Shakes in this area. You must live far away. I saw them in the midwest.

And thanks #66 KAD. I love Sonic too!

80 Cowellian February 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

This Claycordian now lives in the Nashville area. We don’t have Nations or In-n-Outs here.

81 Dorothy Englund February 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

@LMAO #48 – I’m not sure why the restaurant is at an angle. It could be because In-N-Out had to move the restaurant out of Safety Zone 2 where the maximum number of people per acre is 30. The original plans that went before the City’s Architectural Review Committee had a significant part of the structure (perhaps the entire structure) in Zone 2 (oops!). The County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) Staff took a look at the plans and pointed out the problems with the plans. So, In-N-Out moved the structure into Zone 3 where 125 people per acre are allowed.

@Pleasant Bill #50 –
122 does sound like a lot of people and yet, staff counted 128 on a Sunday afternoon at a significantly smaller In-N-Out restaurant in Folsom. The plans for the Chilpancingo In-N-Out originally called for a 3,832 square foot restaurant. That was the project the Planning Commission approved. Now, it appears In-N-Out is building a 3,714 square foot restaurant. It could be they’ve reduced the size because they were worried about exceeding the 122 limit.

Proximity to airports increases the risk of injury or death in the event of a plane crash. Some land uses (convalescent hospitals, schools, etc.) aren’t allowed at all in Zones 3. Restaurants are allowed although the State handbook indicates that fast-food restaurants typically do not comply with the established maximums. I believe the State got involved and set up the various oversight functions following the tragic plane crash at the Farrells Ice Cream Parlour several years ago (back in the 70’s) where about 20 people were killed. The rules are established primarily to reduce the number of injuries or fatalities in the event a plane crashes – that’s why they set a maximum population intensity number.

@Comment #51-
The math isn’t wizardry. The initial calculation of 122 is derived from taking the percentage of the 1.02 acre parcel in zone 3 (97%) and the percentage in zone 2 (3%). 125 per acre is the maximum in zone 3 and 30 per acre is the maximum in zone 2.

It appears that In-N-Out has decided to increase the parcel from 1.02 acres to 1.279 acres. That may give them a boost in the maximum number although it doesn’t have any impact on the amount of casualties or injuries in the event a plane crashes into the restaurant. Also, it seems weird that any of the other tenants have land (parking area) they are able or willing to give up. I think that would require another calculation of population intensity for those tenants and possibly revisions to their use permits.

@Anon77 –
If In-N-Out or the City has miscalculated and run afoul of the ALUC land use restrictions, they are that much more liable in the event a plane crashes and results in injuries or fatalities. That’s why they should care and why they should enforce the maximum. If the County ALUC is willing to increase the maximum from 122 to some other number, the City and In-N-Out should be sure to get that in writing.

82 Burger Daddy Chet Roflin February 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The day it opens I’m going to sit in the restaurant all day and eat a 6×6 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You whiny soccer moms and community “college” students should really consider investing a sizable amount of money in having a personal cab driver. They also have these things called bicycles that don’t require gas. Bottom line is, I will devote myself to being such a loyal customer, the employees will literally think I am one of them. Then eventually I will tell them the truth. Anyhoot, this was a kick ass move bringing in n out to that intersection. Kudos Phill City Council, GOOD SHIT!

83 Burger Daddy Chet Roflin February 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

:p ahhh I’m sitting here thinking of those delicious burgers. My stomach is literally jiggling right now envisioning the fresh fries in my mouth. I’m now salivating at an abnormally high rate. I’m getting gas just thinking about the animal fries. Extra large Milkshake?
I’m driving to the Pinole In n’ out right now…gotta fly burger friends! Toodles!

84 Nick February 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

@Chef, gotcha. No, I really don’t spend much time by dvc. Sounds like a hoot. For whatever reason your point was completely lost on me. I think I was trying to make it more complicated than it was.

85 Nick February 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

@wayne, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone get that bent out of shape about another person’s taste in burgers. Wow dude…wow.

86 WOW February 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

In-N-Out is good for fast food, but for a great burger, well worth the price, you need to try The Counter in Walnut Creek.

87 Dorothy Englund February 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

@Burger Daddy Chet Roflin-
Pleasant City Council didn’t approve the project. The Pleasant Hill Planning Commission did. You can thank them.

88 Kenny February 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

@87 Dorothy Englund

I agree The Counter is really good.

89 CJ February 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The Counter? $8.50 for a burger is a joke.

90 eknirb February 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Counter is way overpriced.

In and Out #1
Habit #2
Five Guys #3.

91 Clayho February 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

@wow 86, nothing special about the burgers there. They need fresher and more interesting toppings. Also their bun is boring.

92 ANON February 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Everyone complaining needs to GET OVER IT!

93 WOW February 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

@89, 90, 91

You all probably consider The Spaghetti Factory to be real Italian food and Taco Bell to be real Mexican food.

The Counter wins the burger war, hands down.

94 CJ February 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

At those prices a burger had better mow the lawn and bring in the morning paper.

95 Nick February 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM

OK wait, I get the whole “spaghetti factory isn’t real Italian and taco bell isn’t real mexican” thing. What I don’t get is the implied notion that in-n-out doesn’t have real burgers. A burger is a burger. Whether you like in-n-out or not, they still sell hamburgers. Did I not get the memo that a hamburger is now a major ethnic representation?

I still can’t believe how bent out of shape some people have gotten today over a burger preference. Lighten up guys. Save some angst for tomorrow’s hot dog debate.

96 CJ February 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Anyone who thinks Der Wienerschnitzel isn’t the best hot dog in the world is stupid and should die.
Am I doing this right?

97 Teacher wannabe February 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

@WOW. gas hoses are long enough to reach either side. All ya’ll complaining , if you don’t like it, DON”T GO! simple as that. Traffic may be a little crazy right now, but the benefits of the Safeway and In N Out far out way the drawbacks. Can’t wait to get me some Animal style fries.

98 Teacher wannabe February 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

@Allymali. Apples and oranges. In n Out has drive thru, but 5 Guys has Cajun fries. Both great, depends on what your in the mood for.

99 Nick February 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I think ya nailed it, CJ.

100 US_DOJ_Gov February 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

That land/ dirt was where the 76-GAS STATION used to be.

The soil is contaminated & now they’re going to put plumbing pipes under the ground.

I don’t know if I would eat at the venue of a former gas station.

101 9 deuce daisy February 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Nope, I have had In N Out before… a few times. Not impressed.

102 Home detention February 27, 2012 at 6:54 AM

They should open a place called strictly salad & no sodas.
Have you seen the girth lines of your fellow Americans lately.

Or a strictly veggie burger joint.

103 Burger Daddy Chet Roflin February 27, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Damn liberals ruining everything…

104 Fartista February 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

@CJ 96: uh except there is no Der Weinerschnitzel anywhere near here.

105 Fowl Hunter February 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM

@DOJ 100… I am sure they had to remediate the soil before building, no?

106 CJ February 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

@Home detention:
Great idea. Run right down to the bank, use your house as security for a small business loan, and go for it. I’m sure it will be a smashing success!

Thanks for the update, genius.

107 yay February 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

They shudda put these guys onteh bay bridge project.

YAY for in and out!

108 Claycord people too fat already February 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Just what we need, another burger place.
Like we don`t have enough fat,out of shape people around here already.

And of course it has to have a drive thru.
Because it`s hard for those over weight people to get out of their cars.
To order their double burgers with fries.

109 the Shi ite February 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

That reminds me of one of the comments on the Wells Fargo grand opening 1969 thread, it may have been a facebook comment. Somebody had asked “where’s all the fat people”?

110 Jim White February 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

@US_DOJ_Gov, Yes former Gas station. Should have kept it’s use the same due to soil and traffic.

They allowed the same thing to happen where the McDonald’s and Taco Bell is in Pleasant Hill across from Grocery Outlet on Contra Costa Blvd years ago. Both sites we’re Gas former stations.

All of these places are still Gas Stations, but of a different type.

We need to keep a better check on what Pleasant Hill City and/or planning dept. is doing before they put in some other stupid idea like the Safeway Gas station. There is a proposed Cell Phone tower at D.V.C. “disguised” as a Tree near homes and schools coming up for consideration. Another bad idea..

111 Judge Roy Bean February 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Moderation is key or you are going to have:

112 Fat Burger February 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Anyone know where I can get a fried egg on a buger like they used to do at Fat Burger? They are gone now (probably because it took like 30 mins to get it).

113 Nick February 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

@fat burger, Red Robin has one.

114 J February 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Hey, Fat Burger, you can get a fried-egg-burger at the Alamo Café anytime between 6am and 2pm Monday to Friday, or 7am to 2pm on Sunday. Yep you can have a burger at breakfast, or breakfast at lunch, or combine the two.

115 J February 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

@O2BYZ #56, ask the waitress at Nation’s to hit the “Light Dressing” button on the cash register. My new favorite:
Light-Onions, Light-Lettuce, Light-Dressing, Extra Cheese.

Nation’s even has a “Cut-in-Half” button on their register.

116 TT February 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I hope for a job there!

117 JB March 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

You bet your booty it’s a no-go @ no. Main. That was even a WORSE location than the one they got! But thank goodness this neighborhood has some intelligent and very dedicated people who had the forethought and the balls to tell them NO! Face it – their tacky buildings, signs, smells, & smog are just too much for just about any place anywhere. But this wont stop them from pushing their way in to anywhere they possibly can. People just HAVE to HAVE THEIR BURGERS. I’ll tell u one thing though – it isn’t FAST food. Its about the longest taking hamburger you’ll ever get!

118 CJ March 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Does In n Out smell worse than the McDonalds across the street or KFC just down the block? Get over it. Don’t like it, don’t eat there. Shorter wait for me.

119 JJ March 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM


Does In N Out smell worse than I-680 and all of the smog from the commuters? You live in a busy area. And this busy area would like a double double and french fries for lunch. Thank you!

120 JB March 5, 2012 at 11:02 PM

To JJ: No worse, jst a little more of it. I just wonder how & when we determine enough is ENOUGH!

121 macawlady March 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

@Jim White: All of these places are still Gas Stations, but of a different type.

Thanks for the laugh, Jim! So true.

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