In-N-Out Threat

In-N-Out Burger threatens Texas chef in burger flap — and the response is hilarious

In-N-Out Burger threatens Texas chef in burger flap

Underbelly UB Double Double hamburger with french fries
Underbelly's UB Double Double is now the "Cease and Desist Burger."  Underbelly/Facebook

James Beard Best Chef Southwest nominee Chris Shepherd is in the headlines this week, but this time it's not for his culinary prowess. Or at least not directly. 

Shepherd received a cease and desist from In-N-Out Burger on Tuesday threatening legal action if Underbelly, his Houston-based restaurant, continued to serve the "UB Double Double," a burger with two patties, two slices of cheese, lettuce, locally-grown heirloom tomatoes and house made pickles, served at lunch with a side of fries for $14. (Eater first reported on the letter.)

In-N-Out — the California-based fast food chain with its own cult following — also serves a Double-Double with double meat and double cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and the famous "spread," alleged to be a mixture of ketchup, mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish, priced around $3. It has trademarked the name and "every variation thereof," according to the letter Underbelly received.

But no matter. Shepherd's variant, now called by a new name, promises to be just as juicy and delicious as before. 

"All in fun of course," Underbelly spokesperson Julai Whipple tells CultureMap.