Fascinating! All the comments save perhaps five are such beautiful pictures of culinary knowlege minus aesthetic understanding.
Mrs. Fondue, my hat off to you for a pleasant chat on the beautiful experiences you and your husband have enjoyed. Personally, I am one of those rabid In-n-Out fans. Yes, I know it turns people off, but I am aware that In-n-Out is my cultural heritage to enjoy and other may not. It may be shocking to some, but I do think Brahms (Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas) has the best chain burger to be found. However, to me there is no match for the experience of In-n-Out.
Now, for those of you who are embittered toward me for my first line that seemed so snobbish, I would like to offer a short explanation. And first let me just say sincerely that I am just as prone to forgetting to understand art in the real world as the above comments indicate many of you are. I think what we miss so many times is that the pleasure of any art, including the culinary arts, is bound up in temporal exercise. We experience sensory scintillation (or annoyance for that matter) only within the bounds of time. Additionally, we are all equipped with pre-bent emotional states - we are predisposed to or against certain experiences or stimuli. In other words, when I was just a wee lad growing up in California and even going to McDonalds was a supreme treat due to the high cost of living, having the opportunity to go to a pizzaria of any sort or to Norms (much like a Dennys) was such an unprecedented delight that the rich flavors I experienced are still memories that effect my choices today. I still prefer a simple buttermilk ranch dressing choked with blue cheese crumbles over all the "fancy-house" vinagrettes in San Francisco. My drive to make a great pizza are fueled by my memory of a pizza so simple, most on here would scoff. Realize that the author also has preset biases, and that is a good thing! We would never find our way in art if we had no context of appreciation. Ironically, most of the posts here belie this same bent toward contextualized raving. Pavlov would be proud.
Generosity and gratitude are two among many possible examples of actions that can and will temper the appreciation of food for ourselves and those we share with. Perhaps saying a more true "grace" before a meal rather than chanting a tired phrase of faux gratefulness or worse yet, supressing any thankfulness whatsoever would enable us to savor the richness we find in our bounty. Beauty to those who seek.