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First Lady makes her first visit to Whataburger

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After visiting areas hit by Hurricane Harvey, Melania Trump, Karen Pence and Cecilia Abbott picked up lunch at a local Whataburger restaurant. After visiting areas hit by Hurricane Harvey, Melania Trump, Karen Pence and Cecilia Abbott picked up lunch at a local Whataburger restaurant.
Employees at the Whataburger were shocked when motorcade stopped outside and the VIPs walked into their restaurant. Employees at the Whataburger were shocked when motorcade stopped outside and the VIPs walked into their restaurant.
Manager Melissa Montoya served the First Lady her first meal from Whataburger ever. Manager Melissa Montoya served the First Lady her first meal from Whataburger ever.
Trump ordered a chorizo taquito, fries, and a shake. Trump ordered a chorizo taquito, fries, and a shake.
CORPUS CHRISTI -

First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence visited the Coastal Bend yesterday to meet with storm victims and get an update on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Despite a tight schedule, the ladies made time for an unexpected stop: a visit to none-other than Whataburger. 

For Whataburger employees at the restaurant on Old Brownsville Road and N.P.I.D., it was a picture perfect moment.

Those employees are used to a busy lunch hour, but yesterday it was a different kind of lunch rush.

"Oh my goodness! I saw a standstill on the highway," Manager Melissa Montoya said. 

It turns out this was not your typical burger run.

"We had no idea! It was a big surprise," Montoya said. 

The big surprise was the customers: Melania Trump, Karen Pence, and Texas Governor's wife Cecilia Abbott. 

"I was so excited! First Lady's here! First Lady's here! She walks in...I was just so happy to serve her you know. Everybody came in, everybody was so nice," Montoya said. 

Practicing her best drive thru diplomacy, Montoya served the First Lady her first Whataburger meal ever.

"She ended up ordering a sausage egg and cheese taquito, which is fine. You know, she can have whatever she wants. She also had a shake and fries," Montoya said. 

Why Whataburger? Montoya suspects some word of mouth from the President brought Melania to Corpus Christi's famous burger chain.

"We did serve Mr. Trump some burgers last time, he didn't actually come in to our restaurant, but we made burgers and sent them to the airport," Montoya explained. 

Whataburger's culinary coup quickly exploded on social media. Faster than you can say "double meat with cheese", the White House communications director and some Whataburger employees tweeted out images of the historic visit. 

"They let us take pictures, they talked to us like we're just, you know, their peers," Montoya said. 
 
The restaurant was on lock down during the First Lady's visit, but they more than made up for it once the hungry VIPs departed.

"Our restaurant was like all the way wrapped around, drive through, everybody came," Montoya said. 

The Corpus Christi staple that has been satisfying customers for more than half a century is now not just a house hold name: you could argue it's a White  House favorite.

"They loved Whataburger, what did they say, when you're in Texas, you have to have a Whataburger!" Montoya said. 

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