On Aug. 8, 1950, a man named Harmon Dobson opened a tiny hamburger stand on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi. He wanted to serve a burger that was so big you had to hold it with two hands and so good that customers would instantly exclaim, “What a burger!” He named the stand, fittingly, Whataburger.
Six decades later, Whataburger is one the most beloved Texas brands (that Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, y’all) and has about 800 locations across the country. But perhaps no location is more special than the beach-side flagship Whataburger by the Bay at 121 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi.
Here’s a look at what makes the flagship location special. First, as soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by a statue of founder Harmon Dobson. Snap a picture with the man, the legend.
Across from the statue, you’ll see an elevator. That’s right, this location has two stories. Place your order downstairs, grab your food, then head upstairs to brush up on your Texas history at a mural completed by artist Bill Wilhelmi in 1985 that details the flags that have flown over the Lone Star State.
Finally, take a seat at one of the second-floor outside tables, where gorgeous waterfront views await.
Need to walk off that Whatameal? Several attractions, including the Mirador de la Flor monument honoring singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, are just across the street. Road trip, anyone?
Last year, former Texas governor Rick Perry cha-chaed his way into the hearts of a new set of Americans thanks to his stint on “Dancing with the Stars.” Now, could “The Voice” be in his future?
In a newly released video, Secretary of Energy Perry pairs up with country music singer Gary P. Nunn to tout the virtues of Texas.
“If you’re into the cultural arts, you don’t have to live in one of the big cities to hear some of the most extraordinary music,” he says in the video, accompanied by Nunn, who plays a grand piano. Perry adds, “You’ll also find some of the friendliest people, and you might even find some pretty good barbecue.”
The video is part of a new campaign called “What I like About Texas,” inspired by Nunn’s song of the same name, from the Texas Travel Industry Association, an umbrella organization and advocate for the travel industry in Texas. The video was filmed at the Round Top Festival Institute, according to the TTIA.
“We want people to do a little braggin’,” TTIA President David Teel said in a statement about the new campaign. “After all, it ain’t bragging if it’s true, and one thing that’s true is that Texas is a great place to visit and do business. As the song says, it’s the spirit of the people down here who share this land.”
Other notable Texans will tell their What I Like About Texas stories in upcoming videos; the general public is also encouraged to share favorite things about the Lone Star State using #whatilikeabouttexas.
If you’re planning to take a trip between Aug. 22 and Dec. 13, get your credit card ready. For the next 72 hours you’re likely to find some of the lowest fares of the year.
On Tuesday morning, Southwest Airlines announced its twice-a-year fare sale, dropping prices as low as $49 each way for its shortest routes. Here’s a sample of the one-way fares being offered out of Austin: $49 to Dallas and Lubbock, $79 to Denver and New Orleans, $99 to Los Angeles and Nashville and $129 to Seattle and Las Vegas. One-way flights to Cancun start at $154.
But don’t limit your searches to just Southwest, as this fare sale typically prompts the other major airlines to drop their prices as well. I tested out an Austin-to-Denver flight on United Airlines for September dates and found one-way fares as low as $59.