IRVING, Texas — They stand as MacArthur Boulevard burger sentries, welcoming/enticing visitors to the mercantile district off State Route 114.

On the east side is Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which has three walk-in plaza locations in the Metroplex, offering all the toppings you can stuff between two fresh-baked rolls to complement its heaping bags of fresh-cut fries.

Fries animal style complement the double-double at In 'N Out.

Directly across the street is the standalone building with the drive-thru of In ‘N Out, which has spread like crabgrass from the West Coast with 15 locations opening in the past year in the Dallas area.

They’re 3.5 miles east of INDYCAR’s headquarters hotel for events at Texas Motor Speedway, including the Open Test this week and the Firestone 550 on June 8-9 – enticingly close for the IZOD IndyCar Series technical operations personnel to even eschew their usual Outback Steakhouse run.

This entry isn’t to compare the franchises – both of which began as family businesses. In ‘N Out does offer intriguing menu options such as a 4 x 4 and fries animal style (photo left), while Five Guys will assemble its thick beef patty with any combination of toppings and condiments on the menu. It doesn’t, however, offer milkshakes. You have to cross the busy thoroughfare for chocolate, strawberry or vanilla.

This entry to make IZOD IndyCar Series fans aware of the stores that have made an impact on American culture and waistlines. So if you’re heading to Fort Worth for the Firestone 550, look up the nearby locations. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’re in Indianapolis for the “500,” check out another fine burger place – 96th Street Steakburgers at 4715 96th Street – not only for its fare but for the “Burger Bash” on May 25 (6:30-10 p.m.). The free event, hosted by Indianapolis Star sportswriter Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee of NBC Sports Network, will have auctions, giveaways, a live radio show and special guests. It benefits St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf and The Indianapolis Star’s “Our Children, Our City” campaign.

Of course, burgers, fries and shakes will be available for purchase.


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