What makes a burger so special that the Texas Legislature officially dubbed it a Texas treasure?
Whataburger is made hot, fresh and with quality ingredients – and you can get it 36,864 ways, according to the company’s communication director. The burger is served on a 5-inch bun (unlike the standard 4-inch bun), so large that when founder Harmon Dobson invented it in 1950, he anticipated people would pick it up and say, “What a burger!” They did, in droves. From the first store in Corpus Christi, Whataburgers soon became a Texas phenomenon, and then a regional favorite, as familiar orange-and-white A-frame stores sprang up around the South and Southwest. Today, Whataburger’s more than 650 stores continue the tradition that began in the Coastal Bend.
For a seafood experience, try Snoopy's Pier. The restaurant offers outdoor seating right on the pier, allowing guests to enjoy both good food and great views. Snoopy's has been serving its signature fried seafood since 1980, and in 1993 opened Scoopy's Ice Cream, which serves a “light lunch” of homemade sandwiches and salads in addition to ice cream.
The Republic of Texas Bar & Grill, located on the 20th floor of the Omni Hotel, also offers its guests spectacular views of the bay. The AAA four-diamond award winner is well-known around the bay for its upscale atmosphere and fine food. The menu features a large selection of steaks and seafood.
*Photo courtesy of Terry Ross.