The Spicy Ketchup is Back at Whataburger
And you thought nothing exciting was going to happen this week. Silly you! Whataburger has brought back a limited batch of its spicy ketchup. So, rent a U-Haul and find the keys to the storage unit, it's time to stockpile.
Last year I interviewed chef John Kleifgen, who was at Union Bear at the time, but now is the sous chef at Café Pacific. Naturally, the chef and I chatted about the spicy ketchup at Whataburger:
What are some of your favorite restaurants around here? "Other than Whataburger?"
Do you like their spicy ketchup? ? "That's a sore subject for me. I'm not sure if I'm ready to talk about it yet."
Let's work through it... ? "When I was living and working in Boston, I would come back to visit and eat at Whataburger like two or three times a day for no other reason then to load-up on their ketchup. And I would take bags of it back to Boston with me."
What's the deal with Whataburger ketchup? ? "It's just the best ketchup ever."
But, why is it a "sore subject?"? "So, I pulled up one night, or morning -- somewhere in between there -- and they asked me if I wanted spicy or regular ketchup and it blew my mind. It was the most brilliant thing I had ever heard.
Now they discontinue it..." [Softly weeps and cuts off interview.]"
So, last night I share the news with Kleifgen that it's baaaaaaaack. He said he's planning a break-in after they close and stealing a whole shipment. Then quickly realized his folly since Whataburger never closes.
This is only a limited time offer, kids. So, make haste.
If you need to really keep track of how this situation unfolds over the long-term, like the Bring Back Whataburger Spicy Ketchup Facebook page. Apparently, it got the scoop back in February.
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