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In-and-Out burgers? Despite what you may have heard from Southern Californians, they’re not cooked in angel tears and sprinkled with fairy dust.

They’re OK. For a burger.

They’re not the second coming.

They’re not bad.

They’re just … burgers.

Drive through the county sometime. We have plenty of good burgers here already, cooked and served by local folks.

You wouldn’t know it, through, looking at In-and-Out’s fans. Like forlorn soldiers awaiting evacuation from a culinary Dunkirk, they’ve been hungrily eyeing the horizon after the burger chain recently announced plans to land on Broadway in Eureka.

It’s just a burger. We can have mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, the coming of the fast food behemoth to the county’s busiest thoroughfare is sure to be a sight. Soon, masses of In-and-Out devotees from Humboldt State may make nightly pilgrimages to satisfy their SoCal cravings. Heaven forbid Arcata cater to its student population.

On the other hand, it’s true that In-and-Out will bring a handful of decent jobs to Humboldt County. As reported online by Business Insider: “Employees start at a higher-than-average salary of at least $13 an hour and have the opportunity to advance to six figures as a store manager.”

Nice work if you can get it.

We have nothing against In-and-Out. We’ll welcome our new burger overlords with the rest of the masses. But again: We have burgers here already. Some of them are quite good. You may want to grab one while you can.

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