Hello Blog-o-sphere!!! I know that all 3 of my fans have missed the blog posts, but no fear! I realized that it has been a few months since I have actually written something and I am very upset about it. I’ve been doing a little work on my novel since my last blog post, but it’s been over a month and a half since I have written jack squat. So it’s time to get back on my blog game!
The problem is I couldn’t decide on what to write about. The baseball playoff races are heating up. Both college football and NFL seasons are underway now. Today is 9-11. Fantasy football is another solid choice. But they all seemed just too obvious of topics that I would write about. I’ll save my thoughts on football, college and pro, for the rest of the season. And a quick side note, today is the anniversary of one of the most horrific events in American history. This is something everyone reading this already knows. As a result, this day has come to be known as Patriots day. And while it is EXTREMELY important to remember 9-11, let us not also forgot about other tragedies in American history. For example, Pearl Harbor is another defining moment in this country’s history. In order to move forward successfully, as a country and individuals, we have to always remember the past because those events have dictated the direction in which the future will go. So while today is mainly about 9-11, don’t forget other events that have shaped this country and all the sacrifices of previous military members that allow our country to stay free.
I’ll keep my Red, White, and Blue post for another time because I want to give it clear thought while writing it. With today being such an emotional day, it would turn more into a rant than a thoughtful post. With that, I finally settled on a much lighter topic. A topic that is very close to me, and is something I miss practically daily because I live on the east coast.
Oh the WHAT!! As far as I am concerned, this is the best fast food chain in America. Between the choice, the voice of Whataburger, the quality, and the hours; you can’t beat Whataburger. Let’s start with your food options.
So first off, the burgers are the best chain burgers around. I’ve had In and Out; I’ve had chain burger out there and simply put, Whataburger is better (no knock on In and Out or any other burger chain joint). But outside of the standard burgers and sandwiches, Whataburger has a hall-of-fame list.
These were seasonal items, which were so popular, Whataburger decided to carry them year round. One of them actually was discontinued at one point, but made a glorious comeback. Let’s look at each one with the description provided straight from their website.
A1 Thick and Hearty: “Two 100% pure American beef patties, crispy bacon and melted American cheese. And of course, that tangy, makes-your-mouth-water A.1.® Thick & Hearty sauce.”
This is the burger that Whataburger initially retired after one more year kicking ass in the fast food world, but just like Brett Favre, came back and just wouldn’t go away. One huge difference; this burger is way more interesting than Favre. Just all-around goodness on a bun.
Chop House Cheddar Burger: “Two 100% pure American beef patties, crispy bacon, grilled onions and shredded cheddar cheese. All topped by our very own Creamy Steak Sauce.”
I LOVE this burger! The grilled onions combined with the steak sauce produces a great flavor. Can’t go wrong with this bad boy.
The Patty Melt: “Two 100% pure American beef patties, grilled onions, two slices of Monterey Jack cheese and our famous Creamy Pepper Sauce.”
The different cheeses along with the pepper sauce make this burger stand out. Of course, the Texas toast is standard on this burger, and while you may want to add bacon (as you would with anything), it actually satisfies all of your burger taste buds without bacon. If it aint broke, don’t fix it.
Green Chile Double: “Two 100% pure American beef patties, two kinds of cheese – Monterey jack and American – all topped with our roasted, seasoned green chiles.”
First off, if you haven’t had a burger with Green chiles, you are missing out. The smoky flavor of the chiles combined with a salty burger is fantastic! So naturally, you take the best fast food burger and add this New Mexican-style twist makes for a helluva burger.
Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich (also known as the HBCSS): “Three 100% chicken breast strips, our Honey BBQ Sauce, two slices of Monterey Jack cheese—all on your choice of Texas toast or a toasted five-inch bun.”
O-M-G!! This is one of my all-time favorite sandwiches, period. First off, the chicken strips alone are fried up perfectly and gives great crispness and juiciness to the sandwich. They are then blanketed in two slices of cheese and then they jump into a hot-tube full of Honey BBQ sauce that is all help together by two slices of buttery Texas Toast. Go ahead, take a moment. If you need to run out to get one and won’t read the rest of this, I completely understand.
So if that wasn’t good enough, the breakfast dominates the fast food scene as well. The staples look like this:
The taquitos are solid; one knock is maybe the quality of the tortillas. But you can’t go wrong with them. Breakfast on a Bun (or BOB) is a burger-sized sandwich that is egg, cheese, and either bacon or sausage. Got to love a big breakfast sandwich. Then there is the staple of the breakfast menu (which can be seen on the right in the above picture): The Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. Whataburger’s website describes them as, “One juicy, breaded chicken strip on a buttermilk biscuit. It’s covered with our special Honey Butter sauce, which some folks call “liquid gold.”” “Liquid gold” just doesn’t do it justice. The sweet buttery sauce combined with a buttery, soft biscuit make for more than a meal. It is an experience. Once it hits your lips, it’s like the first time I saw Ken Griffey Jr. swing a bat and hit a home run. It’s just one of those revelations that changes your life forever. I could eat one everyone morning until the day I die.
How can you not love this place? Oh did I mention it is open 24 hours a day? Yeah, I don’t think I really need to go into that any more. The last, but certainly not least, thing that makes Whataburger great is The Voice. If you have seen a commercial, you know who I am talking about. If you haven’t, watch the few options I have provided below. For the record, the burger they show in the first video is exactly what my dream burger looks like (extra slice of cheese not necessary, but wouldn’t hate it).
Honestly, if I could select either the Whataburger voice or Morgan Freeman to narrate my life, it would be Mr. Whataburger. Truth is, I don’t know what his name is. Could I find out? Yeah, no doubt. Quick Goggle search would probably take care of it, but the anonymity of who he is adds to the legend. And if he was in a movie, or on TV, I would instantly be able to point him out with one word leaving his mouth. I mean, when he talks about “getting out Whataburgered” it just makes me want to go back every time.
It’s been great to write again. I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will disagree with my statement of Whataburger being the best fast food chain in America, which is fine. I just await someone to actually try to make an argument more passionate and informative than this. And if someone does, I will be impressed. The only thing I can hear from the hatters are “You are from Texas. You are such a homer. Blah, Blah, Blah.” Yes, I am a Texan. Yes, I am a homer. But I GUAR-UN-TEE you if you grew up with this gem of a place, you would agree with me. So go getcha a Whataburger, “Just Like You Like It.”