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."
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.