What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Yes, I’m Really Reviewing Whataburger

By William Kristoph

So, generally you won’t see fast food reviewed by anyone online. Why? Fast food is food too, and frankly, we all scarf it down on occasion. Fast food deserves an occasional review!!! So, caught between a rock and a hard place with time yesterday, my wife and I headed over to the Whataburger on Thomasville Rd. Why? It was convenient and their blitz of TV advertising for their patty melt finally worked its magic on us. Also, I can’t recall ever eating at a Whataburger before. I know I’ve been inside one to pick up a gift card and one other time late at night picking up some friends, but I really don’t remember eating there.

The Fries

Whataburger French Fries
These Whataburger French Fries were hot and grease free.
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and iPhoto

Whataburger French Fries shocked me. First, I’m not used to seeing shoestring fries anymore. Outside of McDonald’s, most fast food chains bailed on them. Why? They’re less forgiving in the fryer. However, when done properly, they’re probably the best type of french fry. Whataburger came through with super hot fries that were not greasy. They weren’t heavily salted either, which I appreciate. They simply leave the salt level up to the diner.

The Patty Melt

Patty Melt from Whataburger
Two beef patties, sauce, onions, cheese and Texas Toast. The Whataburger Patty Melt.
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and iPhoto.

Two beef patties, cheese and sauce slapped between two pieces of Texas toast. My wife thought it was great. Personally, I was not ready for the kick of spiciness in the sauce (it was like a spicy Thousand Island dressing). I think part of the taste issue I had was thanks to sucking down zinc lozenges all day to fight off a cold. The beef and cheese were hot and juicy. I had no legitimate complaints with it.


People just love to hate on fast food. I get it, it’s not local usually, it’s bad for you, blah, blah, blah. Fast food is convenient and we call cave into the desires of a quick burger and fries. Whataburger served up a juicy double meat Patty Melt with a hot side of good shoe string fries in a clean restaurant. The service was very friendly, too. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of that. Food snobs be gone, I know it wasn’t fine dining, but Whataburger put hot food in my belly quickly when I was in a time crunch.

I rated Whataburger “I like it” on Urbanspoon.
Whataburger on Urbanspoon

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