It was on the early side, just after 11, but crowded inside. I studied the menu for a couple of minutes and decided to order something called a "Chop House Cheddar Burger."
"Would you like jalapenos on that?" the girl behind the counter asked me. This blew my mind.
"Why yes," I said.
"Would you like them grilled?"
"Yes." I could already tell I was going to like this place.
It took several minutes for my burger to be ready (Whataburger's beef is never frozen and is always cooked to order). I took it out to the car to eat.
They also offer dipping containers of spicy ketchup that, while not exactly spicy (it had a burnt taste to it) were definitely more enjoyable than regular ketchup.
As I wrote, I really liked Whataburger a lot. But would I have liked it so much if I hadn't been incredibly hungry and slightly hung-over? There was only one way to find out: a few days later when Elizabeth was also hungry I said she needed to try Whataburger as well, and she agreed.
I made it decades without trying Whataburger, and who knows when I will get to try it again, but those two times I ate there recently were both great. Like I wrote, if I had grown up with one of these close by, it never would have replaced In-N-Out, but it would have given every other chain - including Fatburger - some serious competition when I was craving a burger.
I hope you have a nice weekend. Next week: all New Orleans.