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Given the number of states listed above, it's surprising the number of people who've never heard of Freddy's. On some levels it resembles a less geographically concentrated In n Out: a nostalgic bent to its interior design (checkerboard floors, bright red booths out of an old-school diner), fantastic burgers, and superior customer service. But let’s talk about those burgers! They’re called steakburgers, but they don’t have the thickness of a T-bone. They’re thin as can be -- order a double, for sure -- and the edges are a crispy delight. And they’re also hot! When you bite into one, steam can sometimes hit you square in the face, which is something of a Freddy’s signature. The chain started in 2002 in Wichita, Kansas as a throwback to the place the namesake loved to go as a kid. Yep, Freddy’s a real dude. You’ll also find custard (no weak soft-serve here), hot dogs, and even patty melts. Shoestring fries and fried pickles are also a hit, and will ensure you don’t leave hungry.