Trouble With Toast

San Antonio Recap: Day One | November 12, 2008

I spent this past weekend in San Antonio, where my hunny served some time while in the Air Force.  There are a lot of friendly people in San Antonio, though I wonder how they manage NOT to all weigh 300+ pounds.  There’s so much good food in Texas!

Day one of our trip involved checking out some local fast food joints, since our schedules were all wonky due to a) our flight, b) various football games we wanted to watch, and c) visiting a local pool hall (which involved me drinking my weight in beer and whooping some serious billiards ass).

For lunch, I experienced my very first Whataburger.  Now, I’ve never been to In ‘N Out (which is supposed to be the benchmark of fast food burgers), but for me, Whataburger was a superlative fast food meal.  It certainly beat out Five Guys and Zesto, which are the best fast food burgers we have here in Atlanta.  The restaurant was clean, the employees were friendly and efficient, and the food was fresh and tasty.  Not only do they cook your burger only when you order it, but they’ll top it how you want it (I went “all the way,” with mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles) and bring it to you when it’s ready.  The fries were also hot and crispy.  Since the original Whataburger is in nearby Corpus Christi, there were more big orange “W”s dotting the San Antonio landscape than McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s combined.  This, I concluded, is a very good thing.

After my pool sharking, we decided to soak up our beer with some vittles from Taco Cabana.  Do not confuse this 24-hour quickie Tex-Mex establishment with a more well-known national chain.  Taco Cabana is the real deal.  They make their tortillas and salsas fresh (their pico de gallo is out of this world), and just like Whataburger, your food isn’t made until your order it.  They also serve beer!  Not that we needed any on this particular occasion, mind you.  Anyway, in the interest of full disclosure, I was not a Taco Cabana virgin–we actually have one near our neighborhood in Atlanta, which I believe is the only franchise east of the Mississippi River.  But, for some reason, the food just tasted better in Texas.

Tomorrow: Day Two, which involved burritos for breakfast and lobster lollipops.  Stay tuned!



  1. Oh, my little pool shark. You make me proud.

    And now I want a burger…all the way of course.

    Comment by Lemmonex — November 13, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

  2. Tee hee. It’s especially fun because no one expects the sharkiness from my demure little frame. And is there any other way but all the way? 😉

    Comment by bettyjoan — November 13, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  3. I’ve never had Whataburger, but I can tell you that In ‘N Out doesn’t even come close to Five Guys.

    Comment by Barzelay — November 13, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

  4. Barzelay, looks like I’ll have to scarf down some In ‘N Out when I visit Cali, you know, just to make a fair assessment.

    Comment by bettyjoan — November 14, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

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