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.
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.