It's about time Charlie Palmer opened a restaurant in San Francisco. Palmer is the chef who put the Michelin-starred Aureole on the map in New York in 1988—when he was just 28 years old. He's gone on to open some other restaurants you may have heard of: Astra, Charlie Palmer Steak and Dry Creek Kitchen in the Hotel Healdsburg.
In-N-Out takes the title as "Best Fast Food in America." This according to Esquire's superstar chef survey. You'll notice a few familiar names on the judges' panel: Mill Valley's Tyler Florence, former A16 duderino Nate Appleman, and Charlie Palmer are a few (watch our knife skills video with Palmer below). Appleman calls In-N-Out a "rite of passage for all visitors to California," and Florence says "I dare anyone to tell me their burgers aren't as good as any you'll fine anywhere, from fast food to fine dining." Checkout some of the surprise noms here: Fast Food.