The Drawl

What a Fast Food Chain

How much do we love Whataburger? Let us count the ways.

By Katharine Shilcutt June 22, 2017 Published in the July 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Those orange and white stripes are like beacons to hungry Texans.

No discussion of pop culture in Houston is complete without looking at the myriad ways in which Whataburger has knitted itself into the cultural fabric of our city—and, indeed, that of the entire Lone Star State. Below, a by-the-numbers breakdown of its most illustrious and most infamous moments in the media spotlight in recent years:


Cost of a No. 2 meal (with tax), the preferred order of Houston rapper Fat Tony as expressed in his hit Whataburger-themed track “Drive-Thru”

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Whataburger order-number signs used by Houston police to mark evidence after a shooting in March

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Order-number signs recovered during a North Texas traffic stop in February, leading Denton County's Northeast Police Department to put out a Facebook request asking for fans to stop stealing the signs

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Roma High School students treated to a Whataburger prom—complete with orange corsages and boutonnieres—as part of the 2016 #WhatAProm competition

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Homecoming mum presented by Whataburger mascot Whataguy to Friendswood High School freshman Gracie Kempken, who asked the chain to homecoming over Twitter in October


Bond set for a 20-year-old College Station man who fell asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru while drunk in April, leading to his arrest for DWI charges


NUMBER OF SIGNS Twitter user @meganmoneyyyy claimed to have "collected" over the years, leading Whataburger's official Twitter account to applaud her efforts: "Now that's a huge collection lol!"

7.4 million

Views of "Something About This Biscuit," a gospel-style song about the chain's Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits written and performed by McKinney pastor Fred Thomas in a video that went viral in February


Condiments and other Whataburger-branded ingredients—including Whataburger Original Pancake Mix and a "Texas-size" 40-ounce squeeze bottle of Whataburger Spicy Ketchup—sold at over 300 H-E-B stores.

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Pair of Nike Dunk Low Whataburger-themed custom shoes in existence, created in 2012 by Jake Danklefs of San Antonio-based Dank Customs. They are not for sale.

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