Just like we like it: Whataburger fills void, completes soul as Texas icon

Jaci Siegert

Whataburger is a Texas icon. It’s a place to go hang out after Friday-night-lights, during road trips, and when you just want to have some good food. Unlike other fast food restaurants, Whataburger serves quality food for a price that is a bit higher than most fast food places. 

The subtle neon orange ‘W’ can be seen from miles away and tugs at the hearts of all who view it. The glorious and iconic A-frame of each Whataburger creates a sense of unity yet remains unique to the restaurant. The thin, cut fries are perfectly salty and crunchy, much better than McMediocre. While some are satisfied with simply dousing each fry in salt, others enjoy the fancy or spicy ketchup. 

In the wake of Chick-Fil-A’s temporary closure on Briarcrest, we had to find alternatives to our beloved fast food restaurant. We have always loved Whataburger, but during quarantine, we had to explore other options that were not as close to school. If we’re being honest, we kind of like Whataburger better than Chick-Fil-A, but Chick-Fil-A has the advantage of location. 

Enough about the background, though; now it is time to get to the ever-important menu items Whataburger offers.

Starting with our favorite breakfast items, we both favor the taquitos, which come in either bacon, sausage, chorizo, or potato. We suggest that you eat at least 3 of each variation in order to properly enjoy the cheesy wrapped goodie. Or if you’re lactose intolerant, maybe don’t. Or do. We don’t really care and the stomach cramps are probably worth it to be honest.

Speaking of cheese, next time you order an apple pie at Whataburger, try throwing a slice of American on that bad boy for a sweet and savory treat. Actually, that’s disgusting. We just needed a segway into our next topic: desserts. It may not be considered a dessert, but the Whataburger cinnamon rolls are one of the best items on the menu. The dessert menu is pretty limited, but that’s okay because the girthy burgers leave you oh so satisfied.

Now for the pièce de résistance, the burgers. There are so many different options and we love all the burgers, but here are our most favorite. My (Abby’s) favorite is the patty melt. I am not a big fan of onions, but the carmelized onions on this burger are amazing. I can never quite finish one because the burgers are all so filling, but I enjoy every bite. My (Jaci’s) favorite (the correct answer) is the bacon cheeseburger. I can’t even explain it, it is just perfect. I mean what’s not to love…meat…good…cheese…good…bacon…good.

Now onto the smaller, but still just as valuable bracket: Chicken. There are not many chicken items on the menu, but what does exist is absolutely perfect. Our favorite chicken item is the barbecue chicken strip sandwich. The chicky nugs and strips on their own are delicious, but there’s just something about the barbecue sauce, Texas toast, and cheese that make these chicky strips extra special. An honorable mention in this category is the classic honey butter chicken biscuit. One bite of this will change your life; unfortunately, they only serve it for breakfast. Boooooo Whataburger. 

The last, and arguably most important category is: merchandise. As avid collectors of the Whatastore, we know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two. If you can’t decide between the orange and white clear Whataburger backpack or the Whataburger scrunchie 3-pack, don’t worry, you’re in good hands, and we recommend getting them both. Through all the Mayhem of the Christmas season, the Whatastore never fails to have all the right gifts. Ranging from Whataburger masks to $250 quality Whataburger cowboy boots, the Whatastore has so much to offer, that we can’t even pick a favorite. 

Despite the sale to Chicago, which we don’t really want to talk about, Whataburger is still a staple in Texas that reigns over all other fast food restaurants. If you want a classic Texas burger at a fine dining restaurant, look no further than your local Whataburger. 

(FYI – We are working on a petition to bring back the Whataburger breakfast burger and think it should be served 24-hours a day. Here’s the link to add your voice and together we can make the world a better place: http://chng.it/G4HmWBkk2H )