10 Signs You Grew Up Eating Food in Southern California

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Charles Lam

10. Nothing Beats In-N-Out: Since In-N-Out's founding in Baldwin Park, it's become the pride and joy of our fast food culture, something even fancy chefs can admit to love. Growing up, In-N-Out is the default destination after literally everything. High school dances, concerts, football games, regular school days--you name it. No wonder the UCI In-N-Out is full of Uni High kids all of the time.

If you grew up eating in SoCal, consider it something to pin on your "Awesome Things About My Life" board on Pinterest. It's a badge of honor; when non-natives ask me what Southern Californians do for fun, I list variations of "eat with friends" and "find new restaurants to try." I'm not a liar, so what makes SoCal food so great? Well...

Written by Kristine Hoang.

Published on December 9, 2013