EDIBLE SAN DIEGO: THREE FARM-TO-TABLE TAKES ON FAST FOOD CLASSICS &WHERE TO TRY THEM IN SAN DIEGO
“Juniper & Ivy is the left coast’s biscuit answer to home cooking with an upscale twist. In this Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, the culinary team prepares housemade buttermilk biscuits brushed with butter, topped with smoked sea salt and served with strawberry jam – all underneath a dramatic smoker dome.”
Ask San Diegians what their favorite fast food is and many will say the In-N-Out burger. While some might think there is no way to improve on the infamous off-menu Double Double Animal Style burger, Juniper & Ivy Executive Chef Anthony Wells decided to try.
“The inspiration for our In-N-Haute burger came from our love of In-N-Out and the desire to put our own spin on it,” shared Chef Wells.
Of all the fast food favorites on this list, the In-N-Haute burger at Juniper & Ivy is the most similar to the classic. Where the In-N-Out burger uses 100% USDA ground chuck that’s free of additives, fillers and preservatives, the In-N-Haute steps it up another level by using dry aged beef from Flannery Beef in San Rafael and topping the patty with grilled onions that have been sous vide with mustard, house-made pickles made from local cucumbers, and their own version of the In-N-Out secret sauce.
The restaurant only creates five burgers each night, which are available until they sell out, which they do often, even though the burger isn’t listed on their menu (Yep, that’s another nod to In-N-Out’s not-so-secret menu).