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In-N-Out celebrates 70 years of burger slingin’ and animal stylin’ out west

Drivers wait in the drive-thru line at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Alhambra, California, on August 30, 2018. - California's Democratic Party Chairman, Eric Bauman, is calling for a boycott of the Irvine, CA based fast food chain after it donated $25,000 to help California Republicans in November. In addition to this week's donation, In-N-Out donated $30,000 to the GOP in 2017 and 2016. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Drivers wait in the drive-thru line at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Alhambra, California, on August 30, 2018.

One of Southern California’s most iconic fast food establishments is officially a septuagenarian.

One of Southern California’s most iconic fast food establishments is officially a septuagenarian.

In-N-Out Burgerturned 70 on Monday. Its first location in Baldwin Park opened on October 22, 1948, serving up hamburgers for a quarter, cheeseburgers for 30 cents, fries for 15 cents, and bottled soft drinks for a dime.

Seven decades later, In-N-Out not only has an international reputation to rival much larger chains like McDonalds, despite only operating 334 restaurants in six states, but it has achieved cult status with its loyal customers, whether they’re California natives who grew up eating double-doubles animal-style or a Golden State transplant just discovering the restaurant.

What are your memories of In-N-Out growing up? Maybe it was a place where you and your family celebrated a special occasion, or the post-game eatery of choice for your youth sports team? Maybe you have a personal memory attached to a visit there? We want to hear your In-N-Out stories at 866-893-5722.

Speaking of birthdays, another Los Angeles establishment, El Cholo, is celebrating its 95th birthday today and they’re offering a special deal for customers in honor of turning 95. You can find out more information about the deal and where to get it here.

Guest:

Elina Shatkin, food editor at LAist; she tweets

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