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Whataburger coming to metro area

center_pieceWhataburger — the San Antonio-based burger chain — will soon open its first metro area location in Duluth at 3780 Old Norcross Road. (I have a query out to the home office for the official opening date.)

This is one of those fast-food chains that makes people weak at the knees with burger lust and abject nostalgia. Trolling around the Internet, I’ve found stories of displaced Texans loading up bags of Whataburgers on visits home. There are three branches of the chain in south Georgia.

So, can anyone tell me what a Whataburger is?

And what other burger chains do we need in Atlanta?

In-n-Out? Jack in the Box? White Castle?

50 comments Add your comment

Walt

February 17th, 2010
12:28 pm

Do we really need another reason for obesity?

Just sayin………

jimmy

February 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

Here in Columbia SC everyone loves Rush’s

Freehawk

February 17th, 2010
12:37 pm

In n Out is also legendary, never had one, want one. Burgers don’t cause obesity, overeating does.

D

February 17th, 2010
1:18 pm

My firstborn is in San Antonio, says they are great for a fast food burger. Sounds like a welcome new addition to ATL.

AtlNole

February 17th, 2010
1:20 pm

The Whataburgers in Tallahassee are open 24 hrs a day. There was always an interesting crowd in there at 2:30am on a weekend night after the clubs and bars closed at 2. There burgers were ok, nothing jumped out at you. Standard fast food. They also offered breakfast 24 hrs a day, not sure if they still do though.

AtlNole

February 17th, 2010
1:24 pm

*their, excuse me

The Big Maru

February 17th, 2010
1:25 pm

I’ve never eaten anything there other than burgers and fries, so I can’t speak for the whole menu. Burgers were pretty tasty – nothing fancy or exotic – just good old-fashioned fast-food burgers with your choice of toppings. They remind me of 5 Guys, except wider and flatter, and not so messy.

K

February 17th, 2010
1:33 pm

I’ll get one on occasion when I’m in Texas. It’s a basic old fast food hamburger. It’s certainly greasy and not as quality as a fast food place like Five Guys, but it’s certainly better than McD’s, Wendy’s, BK, etc. Jalapenos are a popular addition to them. The fries are greasy salty goodness.

Elizabeth

February 17th, 2010
1:57 pm

In n Out deserves the “legendary” tag. Hot, fresh, NOT greasy, DELICIOUS. Fries are my gold standard of fast food fries. They know what they do well and that is all they do. We’ll never get them this far east, but one can pray. If you ever get out west, give them a try.

Amanda

February 17th, 2010
2:33 pm

I LOVE THIS PLACE

Amanda

February 17th, 2010
2:39 pm

This is so exciting to me, and I don’t even like fast food. A couple of my friends live in Houston, so some other friends and I went down there and I think we as a group forced at least 3 Whataburger trips including breakfast. It’s not bad at all for fast food, although I like the chicken better than the burgers. Most of all I love their gaudy orangeness that extends right down to the peppermints.

AJ

February 17th, 2010
2:40 pm

WHITE CASTLE WHITE CASTLE WHITE CASTLE. Krystal is not the same, nor are the frozen White Castel burgers in the grocery store. If White Castle could open stores in Nashville, why not Atlanta :-)

Amanda

February 17th, 2010
2:52 pm

I went and looked at the menu to remember what exactly the breakfast items were that we loved very much: the honey butter chicken biscuit was amazing. And I think we randomly picked a breakfast taquito for someone not on the early morning Whataburger trip and that was a winner. They serve breakfast 11pm-11am.

And I agree that we need White Castle. It’s not cool that they have some random line that ends in middle Tennessee :(

Paul

February 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

This is not good, because it so good….What a burger!!!

spewey

February 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

Went to In n Out once and could not understand the fuss whatsoever. Then again I don’t get Five Guys either.
I vote for Winsteads out of KC Mo….

kt

February 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

IN-N-OUT. it’s fantastic.

Owen Renn

February 17th, 2010
4:02 pm

In-N-Out of course

I don’t think we’ll be seeing Jack-In-The-Box here any time soon. They got run out of the state last decade for trying to kill everybody with undercooked food.

scott

February 17th, 2010
4:06 pm

There was a Whataburger at McFarland and Hwy 9 20 years ago that converted 2 years later to Hardees and is now a car dealership.

Their menu is great and their breakfast menu has a lot of TexMex items in it, not a generic burrito like McDonalds has. Give them a try. we always hit the one in Destin each summer.

scott

February 17th, 2010
4:08 pm

frgot to mentioni ifin Charlotte tr South 21 drivein on Independence Blvd near downtown. Been there snce the 50’s and is a slice of non greasy heaven. Hard to believe but this burger joint does the best lightly fried trout in the world.

Roekest

February 17th, 2010
4:12 pm

In ‘N’ Out, FTW!

The reason it has never happened is because a) the company is small and family owned; b) they have their distribution centers on the West Coast and do not freeze any of the beef, so as to preserve the flavor, making shipping from West to East a big NO-NO. Because the company is relatively small, they’re wary of opening up East Coast locations, en masse.

John Kessler

February 17th, 2010
4:33 pm

My Texan editor says the pleasure of Whataburgers is that they’re wide, flat and have plenty of pickles and onions.

Jaime

February 17th, 2010
4:42 pm

SHAKE SHACK!!!!! Best burger ever.

Dixie Cybill Presley

February 17th, 2010
4:50 pm

I still miss the Danver’s Fast Food Restaurants out of Memphis. Their burgers were great and also had Roast Beef sandwiches that were real roast beef (not that pressed stuff like Arby’s” sliced fresh to order. They also had a good salad bar.

I used to go to Pensacola with a group of friends and we would always have a good laugh every year. One friend “Mother Fletcher” was always on a diet and would say was only going to Whataburger once. Mother Fletcher would always get caught at least once about 4 in the morning sneaking in with a big bag from Whataburger with a mouth full as well.

Greg

February 17th, 2010
5:23 pm

White Castle is the best burger by the sack. Us Midwesterners refer to them as “sliders.”

In-and-out is legendary in California, and they have some locations in Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

It would be great if Metro Atlanta could get both!

Patrick

February 17th, 2010
7:14 pm

A Whataburger. As the ads and Mel Tellis used to say, “It’s just what-a-burger should be.” And they have “Fancy” ketchup.

Muffin

February 17th, 2010
8:27 pm

Everyone calls small White Castle sized burgers “sliders” now. They’re everywhere. I wonder if they know what it actually refers to. Or, at least, what i’ve been told it refers to. Gross.

JR

February 17th, 2010
8:42 pm

I ate at a whataburger iin Waco, TX this past October. NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don’t live in ATL (actually in TN) so I am glad they’re not coming here. The food is nasty, the restaurant is nasty and the employees are nasty.

Tom

February 17th, 2010
9:09 pm

whatta burger rules

Tom Bianco

hopeless foodie

February 17th, 2010
10:14 pm

Yay! I always stop at a Whatburger when I’m visiting Destin or travelling back to ATL from the the gulf coast (there’s one right off the interstate near Montgomery, AL). The honey butter chicken biscuit is to die for, and I’m a big fan of their bacon cheeseburgers. Happy to see Whataburger coming to this market (and it’ll be close to home for me in Duluth)!

In-n-Out will always be #1 among fast food burger chains for me. I’d lurve to see them here, but as Roekest said earlier, that will probably never happen. I just have to get my fix whenever I’m out in L.A. I wish we had White Castle here too. I hate that we’re stuck with the inferior Krystal.

melissa

February 17th, 2010
11:52 pm

I LOVE whataburger!!!! it’s about time they came here!

Glenn

February 18th, 2010
6:45 am

I lived in Texas for a few years and am familiar with Whataburger. I’d say they compare more closely to Sonic than Five Guys, perhaps with just a wee bit more meat. While I recall they were tasty, I never thought they were anything special. Although I’m not really a fast food freak, my fast food burger preference is Jack-in-the-Box. Jack also serves some great breakfast sandwiches.

kopp

February 18th, 2010
8:37 am

Remember when Fatburger came into town and everyone went nutz at first, then it settled down (haven’t been there in a while). Same will happen with Whattaburger. In-n-out burgers are good, but I don’t want to stand in line for 15 min. for one. The only ‘fast food’ burger I’d tolerate being in a line for would be at a Taylor’s Automatic Refresher – now THAT’S a good burger.

Bob from Accounttemps

February 18th, 2010
9:16 am

This seems to be all the rage – I went to a place in Scottsdale called Indulge Burgers and More (http://www.indulgeburgers.com/) – an “upscale” burger place also serving a wide variety of beer. I was skeptical, but it was terrific. Flip is ok, but a bit too frou frou, and The Counter, a bit too downscale. This place seemed to hit the sweet spot in my opinion.

A

February 18th, 2010
10:23 am

Do we really need yet another burger joint?

Stephanie

February 18th, 2010
1:32 pm

Living in OKC, my mom always had Whataburger coupons…they NEVER went to waste :) Fanfreakintastic!! Oh and yes, plenty of pickles and onions!

reservoirDAWG

February 18th, 2010
3:17 pm

Damn, right when my doctor put me on the South Beach Diet because of high cholesterol. Oh well.

SLP

February 18th, 2010
3:21 pm

we SO need an In and out my god they are good. i get it wrapped in lettuce. the fries suck tho.

SLP

February 18th, 2010
3:24 pm

oops meant In n Out. i would go to LA right now just to eat one.

BadgerDawg

February 18th, 2010
5:00 pm

Who needs burgers when you have Zaxby’s?

HotlantaHobo

February 18th, 2010
5:58 pm

Most ex-New Orleaneans would long for a Bud’s Broiler to come here. These are a local chain of generally dingy burger places that do a real charcoal-broiled burger topped with either chili or hickory sauce or “dressed” with lettuce, tomato and mayo. All can be topped with coarsely shredded cheddar cheese. They also have homemade fried fruit pies dusted with powdered sugar beignet-style. I’m a big fan of In n Out but Bud’s was something I longed for many times when away from New Orleans.

But our local Zesto’s put out a very respectable, but underrated burger. And the Varsity now remains popular with an aging clientele. When I’ve been there lately I’ve noticed that many patrons haven’t been collegians in several decades.

BunnySlope

February 18th, 2010
7:35 pm

As a displaced native Atlantan (now living in St. Louis) and having traveled all over this great country, I’d have to say IN-N-OUT for burgers by far. To “kopp”, I have to question where he went that it took 15 minutes. At their busiest at lunch, I’ve never waited longer that 5 minutes. Other chains Atlanta (or any city) could use are Taco Cabana (awesome fresh Tex-Mex open 24 hours), Portillo’s (not the best, but the best chain doing Italian beef, Italian sausage, hot dogs, etc. the Chicago way), Chuy’s (great west coast take on bbq chicken), and too many others I’m forgetting.
To those midwesterners complaining about no White Castle, get over your too-fond memories. Krystal burgers blow away those soggy, fried onion laden gas producers. Oh, and St. Louis could use a Varsity!

HistoryJoe

February 18th, 2010
10:18 pm

Sweet! Whataburger’s the only thing I miss since moving here from Texas. As far as other places we need: sure In-n-Out is great, but we really need some great hot dog street vendors.

Cathie - Native Texan

February 19th, 2010
5:58 am

OMG!!! I am soooo excited. I love What a Burger and eat one as soon as I get out of the DFW airport – there is one on 114 and I head straight for it. Also hit it on the way out.. The lettuce and onions are chopped fine so you can tase them and standard dressing is mustand – no yuck mayo or catsup. Add a jalapeno, and you’re set.. Yum ionion rings too..

LindaK

February 19th, 2010
9:39 am

I grew up in S Texas and we had them there (this was the late 60s, 70s). At the time they were really special – a fresh burger and different from what McDonald’s et al was serving. In these times, they are less special with the emphasis other burger chains (in n out, five guys) put on freshness and decent ingredients. It was a great burger. My dad will be thrilled – he still loves them. There used to be one on the northside OTP. Don’t remember exactly where now.

ziza

February 19th, 2010
1:49 pm

i love whataburger and will gladly drive otp when they open. had them for the first time last year in tallahassee and loved them. grew up in ny on white castle but cant eat them any more lol.

@bunny slope: theres a taco cabana on cheshire bridge.
http://www.tacocabana.com
1895 Piedmont Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30324-4864
(404) 874-6152

Fred

February 19th, 2010
7:05 pm

Whataburger is just………….. I dunno generic? But not generic in a bad way. If you grew up in small town America and all there was in town was Sonic, then you probably think Sonic rules the world (or at least is great), same with Whataburger I suppose. I have lived years in both Oklahoma and Texas and can count the number of times I went to Whataburger on the fingers of one hand. Usually I was drunk or otherwise chemically impaired (my much younger wilder days) and nothing else was open. If something else was open, we went to the something else. Whataburger was higher priced, but not worth the extra cash IMHO. But then I think 5guys sucks and is a cheap (figuratively as it is actually expensive) rip off of Steak and Shake without the shakes. SO if you think 5guys is some burger innovator with their large fry containing 1464 calories and 71 grams of fat, please ignore MY opinion and go on paying 10 bucks for some grill scrapings, I mean a burger, small fries and a coke.

Native Texans

February 20th, 2010
10:36 am

I can wait for Whataburger… It is one of those things you have to eat when you go home. YUM!

Heather

February 25th, 2010
3:02 pm

Definitely In-N-Out! I haven’t had a burger from there in 10 years and I still rave about how wonderful they are! I want to make a trip to California just to visit In-N-Out!!!!

Cassie

March 5th, 2010
9:34 am

I don’t think this is the same Whataburger from Texas, they sell wings too!

COBEY

July 26th, 2010
12:34 am

WELL I ONLY HAD A WHATABURGER IN TEXAS, AND I LOVE THEM THEY ARE OPENING THE NEW ONE OVER AND HOUR AWAY SO I WILL BE DRIVING UP THERE TO GET ME SOME GOOD EATS. ALL FAST FOOD IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU, BUT IF YOU GONNA EAT AT THEM AND DIE LET YOUR LAST WORDS BE “WHAT-A-BURGER”