You’ve never seen a Whataburger like this before

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.

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Whataburger by the Bay off Shoreline Boulevard in Corpus Christi. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

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.

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A statue of founder Harmon Dobson greets visitors at Whataburger by the Bay. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

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.

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A mural on the second floor of Whataburger by the Bay offer a Texas history lesson. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

Finally, take a seat at one of the second-floor outside tables, where gorgeous waterfront views await.

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Whataburger by the Bay offers views of the water. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

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?


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