Meet the southern rival to White Castle.
Krystal got its start in Chattanooga, and the chain is still quite a legend in that town, even though the company’s headquarters has since moved to suburban Atlanta. There isn’t really a difference between White Castle and Krystal with the only exception being that Krystal puts mustard on their burgers while WC does not.
To many on either side of the mini-burger battle, there is the single biggest difference and one that is still being fought over to this very day, a war that intensifies, even more, when Northerners move down south and discover the hard truth — no more White Castle (in restaurant form at least).
But Southerners stand and defend Krystal, and their burgers are worth defending to those who refuse to see the light.
Like Ohio, Texas has given birth to a ton of fast food chains, from San Antonio’s Taco Cabana, which was one of the first fast food chains to serve beer, to Austin’s Schlotzky’s, which at one time was one of Subway’s main rivals.
While those chains are certainly well known across the nation, the chain that carries the most prestige in the Lone Star State is Whataburger, which got its start in Corpus Christi and has since become a Texas institution.
Whataburger to Texans is like In-N-Out to Californians, you don’t mess with Whataburger in Texas, period.