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In-N-Out Burger heads north for a day

In-N-Out Burger heads north for a day A one-day-only In-N-Out Burger will pop up in Toronto, a reasonable trip for Buffalonians. (Associated Press)

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In Buffalo, In-N-Out Burger has never been a part of the city's lexicon, and there are no concrete plans pointing to this longed-for announcement in the near or distant future.

But, according to Huffington Post Canada, the rabidly-popular fast-food chain will open a pop-up restaurant in Toronto for one day only. Yes, Western New Yorkers, that's an In-N-Out Burger just a reasonably short drive up the QEW -- a nice reprieve from having to haul cross-country to California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona or Texas.

If you're willing to make the two-hour trip north of the border, In-N-Out will set up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Osteria dei Ganzi, a cavernous restaurant in a mansion situated at 504 Jarvis St., Toronto (see the map at the bottom if you're really gung-ho about this news).

Bear in mind that, if In-N-Out's pop-up history is any indicator, arriving at 2:45 p.m. won't guarantee you a taste. For instance's, In-N-Out's one-day test run in New Zealand had to stop 45 minutes early because all the burgers had been devoured. (They might give you a small dish of their special sauce to lap up, but no promises).

The allure of In-N-Out Burger is simple -- the "heavenly" burgers and Animal-Style french fries -- but the quality of the organization runs much deeper. For more on the food and the business' practices that set it apart from its peers, hit BuzzFeed's list of "21 Things You Didn't Know About In-N-Out."

A picture of the tantalizing 2x2 burger at In-N-Out. (Flickr / scaredykat)

A picture of the tantalizing 2x2 burger at In-N-Out with accompanying Animal-Style french fries. (Flickr / scaredykat)

No, we're not here to report that an In-N-Out Burger is destined for Buffalo (or even Toronto, for that matter.) Several factors -- inherent to In-N-Out's business plan -- have purposely limited the fast-food chain's reach to ensure quality and control growth.

Still, if you want to make a late-week day-trip to Toronto, a taste of In-N-Out could be an exceptional excuse to travel.

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  • Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

    Be careful! Have you ever had a cheeseburger in Canada? They're just about inedible. The beef has a strange, granular consistency. Hopefully, they're bringing their own, usual beef with them.

    • cbenker

      That "strange, granular taste" is because it's horse meat! LOL

  • BuffaloRepatriate

    We frequently travel to Scottsdale and In-and-Out is always our first stop after we drop off our bags. If this was a permanent store in Toronto, I'd find an excuse to head up there.

  • Alan Baumgardner

    This area does have a Five Guys Burgers & Fries, which I find impressive for our market.

  • A. Mancuso

    Just was in LA last week, and had a double double, which was very good and price is really inexpensive.

  • Danny

    We have 2 locations within a 10 minute drive. Very over rated burger. Five Guys is a better burger all the way around. Try an In & Out without their "spread" as they call it and the burger is tasteless. The rolls are very good and they grill them! Their fries are also quite tasty.

  • Steve

    Nothing special about the place. Nothing great, nothing terrible, pretty much the same deal as Five Guys. I never got the hype.

    • sabretron

      Nothing like 5 Guys. Two totally different approaches.

      • Steve

        Let me clarify. I'm referring to the quality being the same. Both are good but neither are phenomenal in my opinion. It's like upscale fast food.

  • Michael DiPasquale

    I'll have my heart attack on this side of the border, thank you very much.

  • Daryle Gustavel

    can we just have Fuddruckers come back to WNY???

  • George Needham

    I used to do a lot of work in California, and one of the highlights was a stop at In-N-Out for a Double Double Animal Style. Heaven--and a heart attack--on a plate!

  • Roy Skoba

    Ben:

    In the Buffalo News three weeks ago inand out burger opened in Buffalo on William street. I drove by to check it out and it was working three weeks ago. I had the double double in Las Vegas last week and it was ok. 5 guys is the best


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