Not everyone in Texas is moved to joyful tears about the recent arrival of In-N-Out: One couple has embarked upon the noble goal of visiting all 722 locations of Corpus Christi-based chain Whataburger. Karl and Carol Hoepfner have already visited 225 locations in their quest.
The journey dates back to 1962, when the couple first sampled the chain's burgers. However the tour began in earnest when Carol had to undergo radiation in Houston earlier this year. She and Karl decided to visit "a few" Whataburgers in their down time, which eventually turned into 90 locations.
The Hoepfners 10-state burger tour has included plenty of fanfare. One recent Whataburger visit included hugs from official mascot Whataguy, and a cake frosted in orange and white (Whataburger's official colors) that read "welcome Karl and Carol." Even better: The couple threw the first pitch at Whataburger Field, home of the mighty Corpus Christi Hooks. Karl Hoepfner says he has a scale for measuring a burger's tastiness: “A Whataburger is a very good burger if it takes six napkins; seven is just outstanding.”