The legend of Whataburger has spread beyond Texas. Whataburger has a larger-than-life presence within the Lone Star State. It’s a local burger chain that shines bright as a point of delight in a region that’s also known for its Tex-Mex cuisine. Even first lady Melania Trump needed to stop by Whataburger when she stopped at Texas in December.
However, as being a The Big Apple dweller, I needed never visited prices. Sure, I’ve tried almost every burger chain in the market – Shake Shack, Five Guys, even during-N-Out – but Whataburger had remained a mystery. So on a recent road trip that began in Dallas, I made the decision it was time to learn a few things i was missing.
Here’s a coastal elite’s take on a Texas chain which has the grit to battle any burger chain on either side from the Mississippi: The very first thing catches my eye at Whataburger is definitely the variety on the menu. What burger should I get? Should i try some chicken? Fries or onion rings? I’m overwhelmed – and according to my editor, I produce a fatal mistake by failing to order taquitos, a rare find in a burger chain.
Fortunately, Whataburger’s service includes a soothing quality. The workers deliver a number to adopt to my table and promise that food will follow.
A staff member even brings over ketchup alternatives for me! Honestly, I’m not sure if they’re this nice to everyone or they can tell I’m flustered from driving through Dallas’ maze of highways after 5 years of travelling exclusively via public transport, but it’s appreciated either way. The spicy ketchup can also be great – a vintage having a kick.
In an attempt to dip into the variety of Whataburger’s menu, we ordered the onion rings as well as a patty melt to complement our classical burger order. Let me start with saying insufficient chains serve a patty melt, a humble but sometimes superior option to its burger brother. At Whataburger, the patty melt stands strong, snuggled on the menu among other “All-Time Favourites” like the Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich as well as the Green Chile Double Burger.
Whataburger’s patty melt lives up to the hype, layering two patties with grilled onions, Monterey Jack cheese, and creamy pepper sauce. It’s not aiming for innovation, however it is delicious. The onion rings have a similar hearty charm. The breading is top quality and doesn’t slip off the onion, making for a well-crafted and satisfying ring.
But how about the burger? In accordance with company lore, its founder Harmon Dobson wanted to create a 5-inch burger that was so big that folks couldn’t help but exclaim “What a burger!” when they took a bite.
Whataburger certainly provides a big burger for your buck – large and somewhat flat, cut from the same cloth as those at fast-food peers including McDonald’s. This isn’t the topping-laden burger of In-N-Out or the over-the-top game-changer of Shake Shack or even Five Guys. Whataburger instead churns out classic fast-food burgers, plus it can it well. I wasn’t yelling “What a burger!” after zsnqly a bite, but I did say, in a normal indoor voice, “This burger is pretty good!”
No single item on Whataburger’s menu truly blew my mind, including the fries that I wolfed down without photographing. Maybe I simply necessary to eat more – I used to be shamed by various Texans for neglecting to snag a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. I left Whataburger holiday hours full but craving some thing. The caliber of the food and also the menu’s untapped potential beckons, calling me to Texas. Whataburger will not be the one burger chain to rule all of them that some Texans say it is. But it is a gem – an effective chain using a sprawling menu which will help keep you returning for more.