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2004/02/29 14:43:28 (permalink)

Whataburger

OK, since we now seem to accept (some) FF restaurants as "acceptable" discussion, what do folks have to say about this chain? Myself and in my personal opinion, considering the rarity of my fast food intake, seems to be that this chain does an excellent quality presentation, at least in my area, as ALL products are prepared to order.


http://www.whataburger.com
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    tlbartle
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/02/29 15:07:15 (permalink)
    It's What-A-Burger should be! I sure miss not having one close by! I really like their breakfast taquitos too!

    Double Meat with Bacon & Cheese Please!
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/02/29 15:21:29 (permalink)
    I got my only Whataburger in Austin in 1953 or 1954. It was the first hamburger I ever saw that came with lettuce, tomato and onion. And it was shredded lettuce at that. I tossed it away without tasting it. Lettuce on a hamburger, indeed.
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    njMike
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/02/29 17:36:36 (permalink)
    "Summering" in Pensacola in '68 (as the guests of Uncle Sam) we had the good fortune of living down the street from a Whataburger AND a Lum's.

    Small pleasures I still miss...
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    Lucky Bishop
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/02/29 18:52:58 (permalink)
    Whataburger is the only fast-food burger that tastes like a proper burger. Whenever I fly home, the first stop from the airport is the nearest Whataburger.
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    Bushie
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/02/29 18:58:40 (permalink)
    It's the only "to go" burger my wife ever wants. A Whataburger with cheese all the way, with added jalapeno slices, is pretty darn good.
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    frognot
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/01 00:08:53 (permalink)
    i have a friend who has been a vegetarian for several years but about once a year he falls off the wagon and has a Whataburger. He says that's the main thing he misses.

    Yeah, the shredded lettuce falls in your lap (i've always eaten them while driving it seems); but i was raised to get my burgers with the full salad bar on them. Mustard, never mayo.

    Yep, they are darn fine eatin'!
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    Lone Star
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/03 12:01:05 (permalink)
    Sing along:

    " What-a-Burger, What-a-Burger, the best that a burger can be, the unbelievable, unbeatable, bigger better burger What-a Burger!"

    My only choice for fast food "chains". Good old-fashioned drive-in burgers, always hot and fresh.
    Add some fries and a vanilla shake and you are in heaven.
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    angelfood
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/03 14:14:52 (permalink)
    The only Whataburger I've had was in Columbia, SC and is not part of the chain. It was very good though, the last time I had one which was eons ago.
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    Bushie
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/03 21:46:22 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by angelfood

    The only Whataburger I've had was in Columbia, SC and is not part of the chain. It was very good though, the last time I had one which was eons ago.

    angelfood, there are a number of independent places around the country that have retained their Whataburger name. My grandfather was sued by the Texas Whataburger corp over the name a long time ago; he won. (His restaurants were in Springfield, MO, and were bought out back in the 70's.)

    The best Whataburger still open that I know of is in Russellville, AR.
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    Art Deco
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/03 23:52:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Bushie


    The best Whataburger still open that I know of is in Russellville, AR.


    Yep. That's the only one I've ever eaten at, but it is a gem!!
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    Bill B.
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/07 15:34:16 (permalink)
    Bushie,

    Did your grandfather have anything to do with the invention of Springfield-style cashew chicken? Wasn't that first created at Cheong's What-a-burger?
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    Scarlett
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/07 17:51:53 (permalink)
    There was a regional What-a-Burger chain in NC, I think there is one still (maybe two) open in downtown Concord. I think at one time there was approximately 15 or so in Cabarrus and surrounding counties. Huge bun, huge burger with mustard, lettuce, tomato and dill pickle chips. If I recall you could also get a What-a-Hamburger, the toppings being mustard, chili, slaw and onions.
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    Bushie
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/08 08:58:35 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Bill B.

    Bushie,

    Did your grandfather have anything to do with the invention of Springfield-style cashew chicken? Wasn't that first created at Cheong's What-a-burger?

    Bill, Springfield Cashew Chicken was created by a chef at Leong's Tea House. Cheong was his brother (I was told), and also had some of his own restaurants around town.

    When the decision was made to sell my grandfather's Whataburgers, Cheong's company bought them. Thus, Cheong's Whataburger, where they sold hamburgers, fries, shakes, etc., plus cashew chicken, sweet & sour chicken, fried rice, etc. Something about that just never seemed right to me. It didn't last very long.

    Thanks for the memory.
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    Maynerd
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/08 10:21:31 (permalink)
    I went to school with the daughter of the founder of Whataburger. Nice gal. Never got to date her though. My best friend was always with her!
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    emsmom
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/03/26 11:34:12 (permalink)
    I remember What A Burger . When my husband and I were dating-32 years ago!! We used to go to a What A Burger in Belmont, NC but is has gone out of business. I really do miss it. I guess Sonics #2 burger is a close second, but still not a What a Burger.
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    Penoose
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/04/26 17:24:53 (permalink)
    These are not half bad for fast food burgers. The jalapeno slices help add a lot.

    P.j.
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    blake76
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/04/26 19:48:21 (permalink)
    Is this a cousin of the Lotaburger chain? (In New Mexico and ???)
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    Lucky Bishop
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/04/26 21:52:34 (permalink)
    No, they're separate chains, although Blake's Lotaburger, as the New Mexico chain is properly known, makes roughly the same style of burger as the Texas-based Whataburger chain: big greasy burgers on large toasted buns with plenty of veggies and a good dose of yellow mustard.

    In other words, exactly the kind of burger I can't get here in New England.

    There are Whataburgers in New Mexico too: I remember four or five in Albuquerque alone.

    The name Blake's Lotaburger drove me nuts when I lived in Albuquerque: it's pronounced as if it's spelled LoTTaburger, and it SHOULD be spelled with two Ts. I wouldn't eat there for years when I first moved to New Mexico because that bugged me so much.
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    45013
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/01 02:17:35 (permalink)
    While traveling in Oklahoma last year I was fortunate to dine at a Whataburger restaurant in Edmond (north of Oklahoma City). It was delicious! Much better than McDonald's if you ask me!
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    Green_Chile
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/01 04:21:38 (permalink)
    Hah! Can't even compare McD's to Whataburger, though with only $1.06 in my pocket, I still buy an occasional Double Cheeseburger. Whataburger's actually LOOK and TASTE like beef hamburgers;) I love a nice double meat, double cheese, double green chile Whataburger with the the obligatory side of 2 pickled whole jalepeno's. Even better is a double meat, double cheese, double green chile Lotaburger...though only a few Lotaburgers have jalepeno's. Whataburger has a more extensive menu which can be good or bad depending on yer experience. Both are decent picks with Lotaburger being a bit cheaper...but I still say yer best burger pick in ALBUQUERQUE, is Bob's Burgers "Rancho Supreme"...with extra Green Chile Sauce Huge Burger loaded with everything and swamped in Green Chile Sauce....ask for extra napkins
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    colt45
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/09 20:24:38 (permalink)
    HELP. WHERE HAVE ALL THE GREAT BURGERS GONE????

    I eat at What A Burger or IN & OUT IN Phoenix, but would love to find a good burger in Flagstaff or Pescott AZ

    Can you help?
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    Alexander
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/10 08:19:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    The only Whataburger I've had was in Columbia, SC and is not part of the chain. It was very good though, the last time I had one which was eons ago.


    Still there, although in a fairly new building (a far cry from the old ratty wooden one) and still not part of a chain. I think they use hyphens or something to get away with the name business. It also may be older than the chain, having been here since before the mind of man runneth to the contrary.
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    angelfood
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/10 12:42:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Alexander

    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    The only Whataburger I've had was in Columbia, SC and is not part of the chain. It was very good though, the last time I had one which was eons ago.


    Still there, although in a fairly new building (a far cry from the old ratty wooden one) and still not part of a chain. I think they use hyphens or something to get away with the name business. It also may be older than the chain, having been here since before the mind of man runneth to the contrary.



    I remember when it was more of a stand and when it moved into the new building. Fond memories. Are those two cute, little, old ladies still there?
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    Alexander
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/11 07:43:35 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    quote:
    Originally posted by Alexander

    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    The only Whataburger I've had was in Columbia, SC and is not part of the chain. It was very good though, the last time I had one which was eons ago.


    Still there, although in a fairly new building (a far cry from the old ratty wooden one) and still not part of a chain. I think they use hyphens or something to get away with the name business. It also may be older than the chain, having been here since before the mind of man runneth to the contrary.



    I remember when it was more of a stand and when it moved into the new building. Fond memories. Are those two cute, little, old ladies still there?


    The last time I was there it was mainly a bunch of nice high school kids, kind of like Zesto's, up the road in Tri-City.

    Do you remember the other hamburger place a couple of blocks up Augusta Hwy from What-A-Burger, owned by a certain state senator? It kept being closed for health reasons (I remember once when it was closed because dirt kept falling from the rafters onto the hamburgers), but somehow he always got off and kept the place open. It's closed now, thank heaven.
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    angelfood
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/11 08:29:49 (permalink)
    You're not talking about Ranchburger are you?
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    Alexander
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/11 09:27:15 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    You're not talking about Ranchburger are you?


    Yep. Or Raunch Burger, as it was often called.
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    angelfood
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/11 09:55:09 (permalink)
    I remember them being closed a lot. I didn't know about the senator's connection, I just knew the place was nasty. I never ate there.
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    2005Equinox
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/05/30 02:04:01 (permalink)
    Here Cinderz is about the best game in town. They grill their burgers over real charcoal and use only 100% real beef. Culvers is also excellent here in Wisconsin. In fact I had 2 of their double cheesburgers today. Yummy. Never heard of Whataburger. I dont think there are any here in Wisconsin. There are plenty of others though. It isnt a problem.
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    RE: Whataburger 2004/06/01 12:23:38 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Scarlett

    There was a regional What-a-Burger chain in NC, I think there is one still (maybe two) open in downtown Concord. I think at one time there was approximately 15 or so in Cabarrus and surrounding counties. Huge bun, huge burger with mustard, lettuce, tomato and dill pickle chips. If I recall you could also get a What-a-Hamburger, the toppings being mustard, chili, slaw and onions.


    The first burger I ever ate came from What-a-burger in Albemarle! It was great and I got to look at all the teens hanging out in their 57 Chevies. That's because it was 1957 lolol!
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