Blogging Bayport Alameda

May 15, 2015

In N Out and About

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

For those way behind: In N Out is open!

When I happened by the location yesterday there was a queue in the drive thru, but nothing of the Oakland location lengths, yet.  Probably because at that moment a lot of people probably didn’t know it was open yet.   On Wednesday there was some fancy schmancy VIP-ish event that required yellow wrist bands and all for entry.  Okay, I also heard that it was for friends and family of people who were hired to work there as well.  I did not go, in case you were wondering, because I didn’t want my blogger integrity to be compromised by free doubles doubles and milkshakes.

Of course I really didn’t go because I’m anti-social.

But what I love most about this whole In N Out opening, is this review that was posted on Yelp from some guy who snuck into a staff meeting and no one realized he wasn’t an actual employee and technically was the first member of the public to enjoy Alameda’s In N Out.  I admire that sort of boldness.   However, apparently it has since been removed from Yelp.  Boo, Yelp, boo.

Anyway, I asked someone who would be there to take some artful photos (the blurriness is artistic y’all!) of In N Out for your enjoyment if you are unable to get there any time soon.

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So if you will notice the formerly free right hand turn from Webster to Stargell is no more and the pedestrian crossing is active.   Watch for people folks, pedestrians do use that crossing and given that Alamedans are pretty bad at following the directions on the Oakland side with regard to the yield and no turn on red right turn when pedestrians trigger the walk button, this is a consistent traffic signal to be followed that will help pedestrians not get hit. Folks take that curve way too fast anyway.

Apparently yesterday, most of Alameda was there and, naturally, complaining about traffic.  Look, if you are going to try to go to a new business opening on the very first day of a highly anticipated store, expect to wait in line.  It’s like going to the Apple Store on the day of a new i-something release and bitching about the billions of people queued up in front of you.  Seriously, I have anticipated the In N Out opening as much as the next person but I don’t like waiting in line so I probably will try to wait out the crowds or go at opening to avoid the lines.

As a reminder for those that are heading to In N Out, there is the secret menu that I’m hoping some Alamedan will one day complete in one sitting.

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12 Comments

  1. Drove by at 615pm on the way to the Pelican (old person bday) and the queue was epic. Driveway from Mariner sq. next to the Safeway gas was completely filled, entrance on Stargell was backed up about 5 cars onto Stargell itself.

    Comment by BMac — May 15, 2015 @ 8:04 am

  2. Order #4889 last night, after 9:15 pm at the drive-thru. Queue was only about 10 min. The most difficult part was finding the entrance to that part of the new development coming from Greater Alameda after dark. In-N-Out needs a taller and bigger flashing neon sign! [OK they don’t…just kidding…if you don’t know how good it is by now, keep the lines shorter for the rest of us!]. As always, worth every minute of the wait. This is probably the best thing John Russo did for Alameda while he was here. Thanks, John!

    Comment by vigi — May 15, 2015 @ 9:21 am

  3. John Russo did many more good things for Alameda than just In-N-Out. People simply need to get out and about to observe them.

    Comment by Bill — May 15, 2015 @ 9:29 am

  4. Drove past yesterday around 1 PM, and the drive-thru queue was so long that I figured I’d wait a couple weeks before attempting it again. There was a guy directing traffic in the parking lot.

    Comment by trow125 — May 15, 2015 @ 9:43 am

  5. Went to habit burger last night, line was finally short.

    Comment by Al P — May 15, 2015 @ 10:09 am

  6. vigi, eating burgers that late at night is not a very healthy thing to do, unless of course you were just coming home from the bars on Webster st.

    Comment by John P. — May 15, 2015 @ 11:10 am

  7. Actually, JP, I was coming home from the RAB meeting which ended at 8:45 p. Once again, Mayor Spencer was the only council representative in attendance.

    Comment by vigi — May 15, 2015 @ 11:24 am

  8. Do I see a Planning Board member in the 2nd photo? (light blue shirt, sunglasses on head)

    Comment by BMac — May 15, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

  9. And why should city council members go to the RAB? The City has a designated representative who reports back. There are citizen members on the board, are you suggesting that the citizen members and the designated rep shouldn’t be trusted to represent our interests?

    Comment by notadave — May 15, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

  10. Seems like Vigi thinks traffic is okay for the things she likes (Target and In and Out Burger), but not for houses for people.

    Comment by Karen Bey — May 15, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

  11. 9 = Who do you think the “designated representative” is? Historically, that person is a City Council member. It used to be Doug deHaan. before that Frank. Yes, they did report to the public when the council met as the ARRA, but although the ARRA has ended, the clean-up has not. And some of the most intense clean-up is happening at Site A.

    Comment by vigi — May 16, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

  12. Ultimate secret menus = http://secretmenus.com/in-n-out-burger/secret-menu/

    Comment by vigi — May 17, 2015 @ 3:01 pm


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