Say What?

With the summer coming to a close, many people are taking last second road trips to maximize vacation time. Though the swamps and bayous provide gorgeous scenery for these long drives, the food options are somewhat limited. If you’re tired of Cracker Barrel and the usual usual fast-food chains, try something different and give Whataburger a chance.

Whataburger. Photo by Jenny Sklar.

Whataburger. Photo by Jenny Sklar.

This fast-food joint serves up fantastic, slender burgers “just like you like it.” You get to customize all the toppings and condiments on your Whataburger, and even choose what kind of bread it comes on. They carry buns, Texas Toast, and even wheat bread—pretty healthy for a fast food chain. Your customized patty gets a little less healthy with the bacon and cheese add-ons, but the grilled onions and jalapeños add some flavor without the calorie calculator working overtime.

Then again, if you’re health conscious, you’re likely not going for fast-food burgers. Between this and the rest of the drive-thrus that line the American roadsides, this is the winner for the best-tasting burger to come through a window—certainly in this part of the country. Their burger is the closest thing I’ve found to California’s famed In-N-Out Burger in the South. The flattened patty complete with a slightly crispy outer layer goes perfectly with the melted cheese and grilled onions. If you have ever wanted to try an In-N-Out burger “Animal Style,” order up a Whataburger with all the condiments and add- ons. The similarities are uncanny. It may not be as cheap as other fast-food chains and not as tasty as the burger you’d get in a restaurant, but Whataburger is a great compromise between the two.

Unfortunately Whataburger does not have any locations in New Orleans; you’ve got to go on a road trip to get one. The closest are outside of Baton Rouge and Gulfport.

  • Blue in Texas

    Whataburger is very similar to Inundoubt, except that Whataburger doesn’t suck. Inundoubt is a greezy truckstop burger with horrible limp fries. Whataburger is the king of all burgers, their fries rock, their chicken sandwich kills and their breakfast is sometimes the only thing that makes it worth waking up, but of course they start serving breakfast at 11PM because they are open 24HOURS!! and the burger is available all 24 of them!!! Worth any drive, worth moving to Texas. OH, and the frickin’ Patty Melt is evidence of the existance of God!

  • Blue in Texas

    Whataburger is very similar to Inundoubt, except that Whataburger doesn’t suck. Inundoubt is a greezy truckstop burger with horrible limp fries. Whataburger is the king of all burgers, their fries rock, their chicken sandwich kills and their breakfast is sometimes the only thing that makes it worth waking up, but of course they start serving breakfast at 11PM because they are open 24HOURS!! and the burger is available all 24 of them!!! Worth any drive, worth moving to Texas. OH, and the frickin’ Patty Melt is evidence of the existance of God!

  • Blue in Texas

    Whataburger is very similar to Inundoubt, except that Whataburger doesn’t suck. Inundoubt is a greezy truckstop burger with horrible limp fries. Whataburger is the king of all burgers, their fries rock, their chicken sandwich kills and their breakfast is sometimes the only thing that makes it worth waking up, but of course they start serving breakfast at 11PM because they are open 24HOURS!! and the burger is available all 24 of them!!! Worth any drive, worth moving to Texas. OH, and the frickin’ Patty Melt is evidence of the existance of God!

  • Blue in Texas

    Whataburger is very similar to Inundoubt, except that Whataburger doesn’t suck. Inundoubt is a greezy truckstop burger with horrible limp fries. Whataburger is the king of all burgers, their fries rock, their chicken sandwich kills and their breakfast is sometimes the only thing that makes it worth waking up, but of course they start serving breakfast at 11PM because they are open 24HOURS!! and the burger is available all 24 of them!!! Worth any drive, worth moving to Texas. OH, and the frickin’ Patty Melt is evidence of the existance of God!

  • Blue in Texas

    Whataburger is very similar to Inundoubt, except that Whataburger doesn’t suck. Inundoubt is a greezy truckstop burger with horrible limp fries. Whataburger is the king of all burgers, their fries rock, their chicken sandwich kills and their breakfast is sometimes the only thing that makes it worth waking up, but of course they start serving breakfast at 11PM because they are open 24HOURS!! and the burger is available all 24 of them!!! Worth any drive, worth moving to Texas. OH, and the frickin’ Patty Melt is evidence of the existance of God!

  • Alex V. Cook

    As a Baton Rouge burger eater, I’d hit up the Cheeburger Cheeburger in the adjacent stripmall instead, or better yet, go a little ways down Jefferson at Old Hammond to Dearman’s, the best hamburger in BR, I think. Or if you want something chain-y but good, the Five Guys in Towne Centre.

    There is a new place called Fat Cow just outside the south gates of LSU that looks promising, and George’s under the Perkins has a badass burger.

    Whataburger tastes great when you are a partied-out husk on spring break in Florida but otherwise, in my opinion, is to be avoided. And then too.

  • Alex V. Cook

    As a Baton Rouge burger eater, I’d hit up the Cheeburger Cheeburger in the adjacent stripmall instead, or better yet, go a little ways down Jefferson at Old Hammond to Dearman’s, the best hamburger in BR, I think. Or if you want something chain-y but good, the Five Guys in Towne Centre.

    There is a new place called Fat Cow just outside the south gates of LSU that looks promising, and George’s under the Perkins has a badass burger.

    Whataburger tastes great when you are a partied-out husk on spring break in Florida but otherwise, in my opinion, is to be avoided. And then too.

  • Alex V. Cook

    As a Baton Rouge burger eater, I’d hit up the Cheeburger Cheeburger in the adjacent stripmall instead, or better yet, go a little ways down Jefferson at Old Hammond to Dearman’s, the best hamburger in BR, I think. Or if you want something chain-y but good, the Five Guys in Towne Centre.

    There is a new place called Fat Cow just outside the south gates of LSU that looks promising, and George’s under the Perkins has a badass burger.

    Whataburger tastes great when you are a partied-out husk on spring break in Florida but otherwise, in my opinion, is to be avoided. And then too.

  • Alex V. Cook

    As a Baton Rouge burger eater, I’d hit up the Cheeburger Cheeburger in the adjacent stripmall instead, or better yet, go a little ways down Jefferson at Old Hammond to Dearman’s, the best hamburger in BR, I think. Or if you want something chain-y but good, the Five Guys in Towne Centre.

    There is a new place called Fat Cow just outside the south gates of LSU that looks promising, and George’s under the Perkins has a badass burger.

    Whataburger tastes great when you are a partied-out husk on spring break in Florida but otherwise, in my opinion, is to be avoided. And then too.

  • Alex V. Cook

    As a Baton Rouge burger eater, I’d hit up the Cheeburger Cheeburger in the adjacent stripmall instead, or better yet, go a little ways down Jefferson at Old Hammond to Dearman’s, the best hamburger in BR, I think. Or if you want something chain-y but good, the Five Guys in Towne Centre.

    There is a new place called Fat Cow just outside the south gates of LSU that looks promising, and George’s under the Perkins has a badass burger.

    Whataburger tastes great when you are a partied-out husk on spring break in Florida but otherwise, in my opinion, is to be avoided. And then too.

  • Anonymous

    I think Jenny’s excitement was more about finding good fast food than good burgers in BR. I’d have called her on it she tried to say the best burger in BR came out of a drive-thru window.

  • Anonymous

    I think Jenny’s excitement was more about finding good fast food than good burgers in BR. I’d have called her on it she tried to say the best burger in BR came out of a drive-thru window.

  • Anonymous

    I think Jenny’s excitement was more about finding good fast food than good burgers in BR. I’d have called her on it she tried to say the best burger in BR came out of a drive-thru window.

  • Anonymous

    I think Jenny’s excitement was more about finding good fast food than good burgers in BR. I’d have called her on it she tried to say the best burger in BR came out of a drive-thru window.

  • Anonymous

    I think Jenny’s excitement was more about finding good fast food than good burgers in BR. I’d have called her on it she tried to say the best burger in BR came out of a drive-thru window.