Dude Food: Whataburger Defines The American Burger Experience

Total84 Less than a year after propelling the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl trophy in 50 years, Patrick Mahomes is responsible for bringing something even more important to Kansas City. Whataburger. Two years ago the Chiefs quarterback — and Whitehouse, Texas native — tweeted about his love of the southern-based burger chain’s “fancy ketchup.” More

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Written by Jason King

Jason is a nationally-respected sports reporter and features writer who began his career in 1998 at The Kansas City Star. He covered the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team for seven years before moving on to stints as a national college reporter at Yahoo! Sports and From 2013-17, King was a Senior Writer at Bleacher Report, where his primary focus was longform features and profiles. He has authored three books on Kansas basketball.Jason’s work has received multiple mentions in the popular book series “Best American Sportswriting.” In 2015 and 2016, he was tabbed as one of the top five beat reporters in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors.


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  1. I moved to the South and I’ve had it once. Out of respect for the author’s strong conviction, I’m willing to withhold comment here and give the #1 order above a try before giving an opinion. Wish me luck.

  2. Pretty much right on the money! My wife and I relocated to SoCal for my job, and of course, there are no Whataburgers in Cali (heathens!). We would take weekend trips to Phoenix specifically for the Whataburger that was there (farthest west one at that time) and to eat at Papadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen (again, the farthest west one at that time). Both fabulous Texas iconic restaurants. When we would fly back to central Texas to visit family, the first stop upon landing and the last stop before leaving was the Whataburger on 281 right before Loop 1604 on the way from and to the San Antonio airport.

  3. In NC w have a grocery chain here that sells a fresh deli made patty with loads of bacon and cheddar mixed up in ground beef, and its A big Un! Throw that burger on low heat for about 11 minutes per side, melt 1 piece of American on top, add some Ketchup, mustard, pickles, and you have the best burger you will ever have my friends.

    As for best fast food East Coast style, the Jersey Mikes Chicken Philly is mighty hard to beat. Mushrooms, green peppers, a little bit of ketchup, and the Miss Vickies Jalapeno chips every time.

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