BETTER:  Feltners Whatta-Burger has reclaimed some of its spark.

  • Kat Robinson
  • BETTER: Feltner’s Whatta-Burger has reclaimed some of its spark.

I keep two restaurant phone numbers in my cell phone — Star of India and Feltner’s Whatta-Burger. The former is for emergency curry therapy when I am ill. The latter is for trips along I-40 to our west.

I’ve received a good deal of flack from folks irritated that I dare say anyone’s better than the Russellville mainstay — whether it’s CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers across the interstate, Feltner Brothers in Fayetteville or anyone else. I got called on not putting Whatta-Burger in my 50 Best Arkansas Burgers I Ate in 2011; frankly, I am not 100 percent certain I even ate at the location all of last year, thanks to all the other burgers I consumed.

But I still like the place, and on my most recent visit to the area I decided that I needed to go back again and give the burger another try. Or, more succinctly, I wanted an orange shake.

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