Why Californians flocked to In-N-Out when it opened!

The Treasure Valley has been excited as the beloved fast food chain In-N-Out Burger finally opened its doors at The Village in Meridian on December 12th, which broke ground in March 2023. According to Michelle Hart, they've also filed for permits for a second location where the old Pier 1 is. Rumors are also swirling about a third location in Nampa. 

The news of the iconic double-double with crispy fries coming to town has ignited a wave of excitement on social media with a buzz of speculation about a ground opening date.


With the amount of Californians that have moved to the Treasure Valley, In-N-Out isn't just a fast food chain; it's a cultural icon, and for many Californians, it's a taste of home and nostalgia. There was no doubt that there was going to be some very long wait times when In-N-Out opened. When In-N-Out opened in Colorado Springs, wait times were almost 14 hours. 

A Californian was actually the first in line at In-N-Out. 

According to Chris, the first person at the 400th In-N-Out in Meridian was Dylan from Dana Point, California who drove 12 hours with a friend who got into line at 1:53 Monday morning. They were, in fact, the first people to go through the drive-thru at In-N-Out.

Read More: Meet The First People In Line at Idaho's First In-N-Out

Did Californians expedite the process? 

They know the menu like the back of their hand, the secret menu (which you can see below), and have been waiting for this location to open since it was announced, even though Californians aren't the only ones excited. Some Idahoans are just as excited, but some have said, "I'll go once the hype dies down." 

5 Reasons Why Californians Flocked To In-N-Out

We know that no such thing could happen, would ever happen, or should happen. But if people from California now living in the Treasure Valley have priority when the first In-N-Out opens in Idaho, here are 5 reasons why.

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

In-N-Out is a popular chain with a broad fan base that extends far beyond California. People from neighboring states, tourists, and food enthusiasts from various backgrounds may also be eager to experience what In-N-Out offers. Here's what you need to know before you go about the In-N-Out secret menu. 

Everything You Need to Know About In-N-Out's Secret Menu Before They Open in Boise

In-N-Out is moving forward with plans to build their first TWO Idaho locations! Not sure how to order when you visit? Let us help!

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

Let this be a lesson to you, and have some patience while you're in the In-N-Out drive-thru. 

Wild In-N-Out Video Captures Altercation

I really wish we knew why this altercation started, but since we don't, we won't speculate. Keep scrolling, and you can watch the actual video.

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

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