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Has Anybody In Here Eaten At White Castle?  
User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8800 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

I know White Castle like In-N-Out is a regional burger chain and privately owned and like the SoCal based chain it has a reputation for the way its patrons love the food. I have gained notice of White Castle by watching travel show documentaries on the History Channel and most recently on Destination America. I wonder if you have eaten the burgers or sliders at White Castle and if so did you like it?


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User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3714 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

It's been a while since I've had a true White Castle burger, and they're good. Actually I prefer them over In-N-Out, but not over Whataburger and Five Guys.   

While not the same, you might want to check the frozen foods section at your local grocery because many places sell them next to the frozen pizzas and burritos.   



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User currently offlinegeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

I've been eating "sliders" for about 50 or 60 yrs now; they must be O.K. or I wouldn't keep going back.

Charley



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3428 times:

We don't have White Castles down here in Alabama, but we do have Krystals which appear to be essentially the same restaurant but with a different theme. It is widely believed that no food will soak up ingested alcohol and prevent a hangover the next day better than a bag full of Krystals (the "sliders", not the Krystal King which is a normal hamburger). Whether this is actually true or not I can't say for sure, but I do know a number of people who claim that they have no idea what a Krystal slider tastes like when they're sober.


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User currently offlineCompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

You can't compare White Castle to In-N-Out. Many people, myself included, get an occasional crave for White Castle's unique taste, but the restaurants do not draw the crowds like In-N-Out. I actually buy them from my local grocery store, which long charged $3.50 for a six-pack ($2.50 if you had a coupon) compared to the nearly $1 each in the restaurant. Krystal Burger, a Southern chain, taste similar.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40069 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

White Castle's is the best hamburgers inthe WORLD! ! ! ! !
Count me in as a HUGE White Castle's fan!
I've included trips to White Castle's in two of my trip reports.

Detroit Rock City (SFO-PHL-DTW) (by Superfly May 11 2009 in Trip Reports)?threadid=148353&searchid=148870&s=Detroit+rock+city#ID148870

Larry Craig, NWA DC9, Midwest 717 And Lots Of Beer (by Superfly Nov 28 2007 in Trip Reports)?threadid=113840&searchid=118761&s=Larry+Craig+717+beer+#ID118761

Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 4):
the restaurants do not draw the crowds like In-N-Out.

Oh yes they do!   
They're more popular in the ghetto and you can expect to wait up to 30 minutes in many cases.

Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 4):
my local grocery store

Taste nothing like the real thing at the restaurant.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7959 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

yeesh...don't go to white castle.

3 sliders and 2 hours later I'm   



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User currently offlinetexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

I have. Unfortunately. Won't make that mistake again.

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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

I have happy memories of White Castle. My dad always insisted on loading up on white castles before a road trip (and beer too but hey it was the '70s), regardless of length. My brother and I would just sit in the back of the car with no seat belts and hammer down on those little cholesterol bombs. I was a chubby little kid to begin with and my string bean brother had a hollow leg or tapeworm or something.

It was so funny one time he sent my brother and me in to order 50 white castles, though 100 was not unheard of. The lady at the grill was like "You want 15?!" as if that was crazy and I replied "No ma'am, 50". She pretty much exploded and while she was cooking them she kept muttering to herself saying "What did YOU do today? I made fifty White Castle hamburgers, that's what I did!"

I can still clearly remember the gleam in my dad's eye anytime the subject of a road trip came up, invariably starting with "we can pick up some white castles..."

Good times...


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40069 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3299 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 8):
It was so funny one time he sent my brother and me in to order 50 white castles, though 100 was not unheard of. The lady at the grill was like "You want 15?!" as if that was crazy and I replied "No ma'am, 50". She pretty much exploded and while she was cooking them she kept muttering to herself saying "What did YOU do today? I made fifty White Castle hamburgers, that's what I did!"

The most I've had in 1 meal was 16.



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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
The most I've had in 1 meal was 16.

That's some good work!

I have to admit that my dad's eyes were generally too big for our stomachs. I think he just liked the idea of it..."100 white castles! Nothing is too good for us!" LOL

We usually had a bunch left over so it was the 'gift that kept on giving'. Looking back I guess I'm just happy we never got food poisoning.

[Edited 2012-06-12 03:45:56]

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40069 posts, RR: 74
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 10):
That's some good work!



Falstaff thought I was a pig when I ordered 10 on my last trip to Detroit.
After the 9+ hours of many delays and near-missed connections on US Airways from SFO - PHL - DTW, I really needed those 10 White's Castle's cheeseburgers. It was damn near midnight and nothing open near the airport but those burgers came in handy.

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Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 10):
I'm just happy we never got food poisoning.


Chase 'em down with beer or cheap whiskey and you'll be alright.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

Some people who have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) should stay away from White Castle. It'll really get your stomach going!

When we were growing up our parents used to take us to White Castle for lunch or dinner after an all day shopping trip at the mall. For some reason I remember that White Castle hamburgers tasted way better in the winter where you would see the restaurants windows all fogged up. It think that their burgers are more steamed than fried.

In Chicago anyway I never thought of White Castle as a 'hood restaurant. They were located all over town in all kinds of neighborhoods.

I remember back in the 60's when the hamburgers went for $0.15 each!

We had a Krystal burger here in Houston on FM1960 for about two years. They built the building for it and when they closed down they tore the building down too. To tell you the truth, I don't know how Krystal Burger got away without a copyright infrigement lawsuit from White Castle. The only differences I saw between the two was that Krystal Burgers came with mustard and katsup on them and didn't have holes in the burger like White Castle did. Otherwise they are pretty much the same.

And the White Castle hamburger places were open 24 hours a day too! At 2:30am on a Saturday night the place would be hopping from all the people on their way home from the bars. If you really tied one on stopping at a White Castle on the way home would almost guarantee that you didn't feel as bad as you felt you should the next day.

Back in the 70's & 80's White Castle stores used to have what was called a "Jet Pack". One Hundred fully cooked frozen hamburgers completely cooked in one large box that had a styrofoam cooler inside. I think it cost something like $38.00.
I flew many of those from Chicago to Denver and to Houston over the years. Eventually White Castle stopped with the Jet Packs when they became available in grocery store freezers. And they are not cheap either. It's four bucks for a 6 pack.

White Castle doesn't expand their area very much. I once sent the company an e-mail to ask why. They responded that they like to have total contol over their supply of food and that all their stores have to be within a so many hour drive from a distribution center.

Like In N' Out at LAX you can go to a White Castle on 63rd & Cicero Av by MDW and watch the planes land right in front of you. Comparing an In N' Out burger to a White Castle would be like comparing a McDonald's Quarter Pounder to a Burger King Whopper. They are two distinctly different products and each has their own place in the market.

BTW, just a block east of the MDW location is a great restaurant that serves the best Chicago Italian Beef around.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
After the 9+ hours of many delays and near-missed connections on US Airways from SFO - PHL - DTW, I really needed those 10 White's Castle's cheeseburgers. It was damn near midnight and nothing open near the airport but those burgers came in handy.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Chase 'em down with beer or cheap whiskey and you'll be alright.

Sounds like a sure fire recipe for a good case of the farts!

Back when I visited a friend in college, he and his roommates got a big bag of sliders and then farted the whole place out, it was truly disgusting! Good thing their apartment had a balcony! We were all out there, even though it was the dead of winter!

Hope Falstaff managed to stay up-wind of you!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40069 posts, RR: 74
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 12):
In Chicago anyway I never thought of White Castle as a 'hood restaurant. They were located all over town in all kinds of neighborhoods.


True but it seems like the once in the 'hood have the most customers at any given time. The one I frequent the most near my grandmothers is at 79th & Stony Island in Chicago. It's always crowded and a popular place to hangout after hours.
They've even had to put up this sign outside because it's so popular and the crowd control has been an issue.



Quoting type-rated (Reply 12):
Back in the 70's & 80's White Castle stores used to have what was called a "Jet Pack". One Hundred fully cooked frozen hamburgers completely cooked in one large box that had a styrofoam cooler inside. I think it cost something like $38.00.


Now THAT sounds awesome!
Perhaps United Airlines or Delta should start serving White Castle's.  
Buy on board Jet-Packs.   
I hope the folks at United or Delta are reading this!   

Quoting type-rated (Reply 12):
Comparing an In N' Out burger to a White Castle would be like comparing a McDonald's Quarter Pounder to a Burger King Whopper.


  
Agree. Two entirely different burger classes.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 12):
White Castle doesn't expand their area very much. I once sent the company an e-mail to ask why. They responded that they like to have total contol over their supply of food and that all their stores have to be within a so many hour drive from a distribution center.



I can see them coming here to Asia before the American West Coast - just as Dunkin Doughnuts, Mister Doughnut, Dairy Queen and A&W. Those chains are almost disappeared or only regional in the US.
Believe it or not but 'sliders' or 'mini-burgers' are now very popular here among the nouveau riche Thai crowd. Many of the new, upscale trendy restaurants serve sliders. The locals love them!
Also the Far-East isn't hyper-paranoid about fast-food and no nutrition czars looking for successful fast-food chains to sue.

Keep the pressure on them Type-rated.  
I'm sure they get tons of letters and emails over the years. They'll eventually expand.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 13):
Hope Falstaff managed to stay up-wind of you!

It doesn't give me gas.
Falstaff had passed out in his bedroom.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7834 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

They have to be the most pathetic looking baby sized burgers ever, they are so bad I'm surprised White Castle didn't originate in Norway, or maybe the founders were Norwegian immigrants.

User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3078 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3231 times:
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Been to a few in NYC and Indiana and absolutely loved it. Can't do more than 6 though.

I've also tried Krystal in Jacksonville, but it wasn't as good.



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2838 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3223 times:
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White Castle is awesome. I had it for the first time in December. My brothers and I were headed to go to a Rangers game at MSG and we were looking for something and our eyes got huge when we saw it since we had seen Harold & Kumar about a hundred times. It was great. Nothing I'd drive an hour for but if I was craving it I'd take a 20 min detour.
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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2607 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3216 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 12):
I remember back in the 60's when the hamburgers went for $0.15 each!

Oh yeah, those were the days - it was a HUGE treat for us kids if Dad decided to pull in to White Castle on the way home from my aunt's house. He'd never say anything ahead of time, he'd just turn in every once in a while and surprise us.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 4):
my local grocery store

Taste nothing like the real thing at the restaurant.

Definitely a far cry from the real thing, but I do get a craving every once in a while and the closest White Castle to Seattle is probably Kansas City so they'll suffice. Actually have a six pack in my freezer right now, they were on sale at Safeway this week.


User currently offlineCompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3204 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Oh yes they do!   They're more popular in the ghetto and you can expect to wait up to 30 minutes in many cases.

LOL, I'm not disputing that  . But the lines for Checker's and Popeye's are much longer in the ghetto nearest me. In suburb locations, White Castle does not draw the massive crowds that In-N-Out does. I went to the In-N-Out in Paradise Valley, AZ the other day and waited nearly an hour for my burger. Meanwhile, the newly opened Culver's next door had not one single person within its proximity. And Culver's makes a dang good burger.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Taste nothing like the real thing at the restaurant.



Yes, they taste much better fresh but they still taste similar. Costs much less and prevents you from buying a crave case and eating every burger.



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User currently offlinewindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2754 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3196 times:

Grew up eating White Castle as a kid in Chicago. Love the sliders.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Chase 'em down with beer or cheap whiskey and you'll be alright.

Nothing like a sack of White Castles after a late night at the Bar.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 19):
But the lines for Checker's and Popeye's are much longer in the ghetto nearest me. In suburb locations, White Castle does not draw the massive crowds that In-N-Out does. I went to the In-N-Out in Paradise Valley, AZ the other day and waited nearly an hour for my burger. Meanwhile, the newly opened Culver's next door had not one single person within its proximity. And Culver's makes a dang good burger.

Interesting, even though I'm a vegetarian!

The only "premium burger" place I can see around here is Five Guys, and they don't seem to be doing that much business at all. They are sandwiched between the two best Chinese places in the area so I don't know if they picked the best spot to be.

Quoting windy95 (Reply 20):
Nothing like a sack of White Castles after a late night at the Bar.

Says "Windy95" -- do they give you wind?



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User currently offlinewindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2754 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 21):
Quoting windy95 (Reply 20):Nothing like a sack of White Castles after a late night at the Bar.
Says "Windy95" -- do they give you wind?

Aftyer large amount's of this

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and then this




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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

I get random cravings for White Castle. I only have it a few times a year, and I LOVE them. They don't always love me back, but I don't care, those little sliders are damn good!!! Damn it, now I'm hungry for White Castle!!!


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

Quoting windy95 (Reply 22):
equals

LOL! That pretty much sums it up!



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25 falstaff : I am not a huge fan of White Castle burgers becuase I really don't like onions, but I love their crinkle cut fries and their chicken rings. White Cast
26 Superfly : I'd only buy them in Safeway if they were yellow tag sale items. I never got in to Popeye's. I'm more of a Kentucky Fried Chicken guy. Why is Checker
27 DocLightning : OK, that's carrying it a touch far. The best three hamburgers in the WORLD!!! are (in no particular order): 1) The Woody Creek Tavern, in Snowmass, C
28 Post contains images Superfly : Ok I'm gonna have to invite myself to your friend's farm.
29 DocLightning : You gotta go to Burning Man. You aren't going to eat it straight off the cow...
30 Superfly : I'm overdue for a Burning Man trip. I went in 2005. First, I need to come up with an idea for my camp.
31 Post contains images PHX787 : I think you're inviting him to Burning man to see him naked, Doc
32 fr8mech : It was part of my life for a long time. Growing up in Brooklyn, after I learned to drive, and party (not in that order), we would hit the White Castle
33 Post contains images DocLightning : Now, I love Larry, but... not my type. Not even close. So, PHX787, wanna come to Burning Man?
34 Post contains images Superfly : When I'm in Brooklyn, I go to the one at Utica and Lefferts Ave. BTW, do you know which White Castle's Tony Menero (John Travolta) went to in the mov
35 fr8mech : At the time the movie was produced, I believe there were only 2 in Brooklyn, the aforementioned 4th & 30th and Ft. Hamilton Parkway & 42nd. E
36 ATTart : LOL.. So true!! When coming home from the parting all night long, in boy town. There was a White Castle on Addison, just before getting onto the toll
37 Post contains images Superfly : Sad it's gone. I can see one on final approach to JFK out in Bayswater near Far Rockaway. I should be ashamed for knowing where all these White Castl
38 Post contains links Revelation : Seems the closest one to me is the one in Yonkers, NY: NY Area White Castles You can pan and zoom the above to get a closer view. Yonkers is about a 4
39 CompensateMe : My parents favored "Top Hat," (a Detroit-area chain) which tasted similar to White Castle, but it went out of business in the early 1990s. Of course,
40 jetstar : Growing up in New York City, we had a White Castle about 5 blocks from where we lived. My father loved White Castle burgers and I have many memories o
41 Superfly : You're eating windshield washer blades and drinking motor oil? The ONLY Checker I know is an auto parts chain.
42 Post contains links ltbewr : Ah yes, belly bombers, shadows between a bun, sliders, Brillo pads (about the same size of the square dishwashing scouring pads), fart bombs, yes I ha
43 Post contains images CompensateMe : LOL, Checkers was formerly known as Rally's here. Same food, same menu. They re-branded all the restaurants yet began opening up Rally's-branded rest
44 Post contains images Revelation : Appropriately enough, in Europe the abbreviation WC is for "water closet", i.e. toilet. Ah, so that's how they do it! Thanks for the description. Of
45 DocLightning : Hey, you seem to get laid a lot, so it works for you! And go for "steer" instead of pig...
46 okie : Now that brings back memories. White Castle was not available in Oklahoma and myself and friends would Air Freight in 4 or 5 "jet packs" for special
47 Post contains images PHX787 : LOL! Fat chance Guess who is skinny and raunchy? That's me. I may look athletic in my photos but trust me I'm about 30lbs underweight. I make up for
48 TSS : If the Krystal burgers you tried in Texas had ketchup on them, then they weren't prepared properly. True Krystals have only mustard, grilled diced on
49 Post contains images detroitflyer : They are delicious...BUT There is a reason why when you google: why does whitecastle .... (make you poop) is the first suggestion. They really do turn
50 Cadet985 : I went there after I saw Harold and Kumar...had a craving for it, and there was one not too far from my college. I found the burgers horrible, and lik
51 Post contains images Superfly : Ahh, now I get it. I've seen Rally's but never ate at one. Haha! I certainly wasn't complaining about my size. I just call it baby fat.
52 Post contains images glid4500 : I went to White Castles once and one time only. ... lets just say the toilet still worked in the hotel room
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