Corpus Christi: Home of the Whataburger

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Photos by Craig Hlavaty
This past weekend, we visited the hometown of Whataburger, Corpus Christi. The burger chain is based there, but the center of operations will be moving to a bigger complex in San Antonio in the next few months.

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The move is a sad one. The chain has been based in Corpus since 1950, when Harmon Dobson opened up its first location there in the middle of town off Ayers Street.

Corpus is teeming with Whataburger locations -- there are almost a dozen by our count off the main South Padre Island Drive artery alone, not to mention the ones in nearby Portland and the two on Mustang Island over the Kennedy Bridge. The chain even has burgers inside Whataburger Field, home of the town's own Double A baseball team, the Hooks, who are a part of the Astros farm club system.

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For our visit, we had to stop by the chain's corporate offices off Whataburger Way, home of the product development center where the big and sexy A-1 Thick and Hearty burger was born. There's also the Whataburger by the Bay, which is a two-story restaurant with a handy elevator and statue of the founder himself outside on a bench.

Have you ever noticed how many people call Whataburger "Waterburger" around Texas? One time a friend from the north came to town and when we said we were going to "Waterburger" for taquitos, he threw up in his mouth at the thought.

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