My first genuine (not microwaved at a gas station) White Castle experience was in Michigan a couple of years ago. I was so excited! Because though a silly movie had given them more notoriety some years back, my original curiosity for the place ran deep thanks to a great story telling friend from the East Coast during my formative years. He and his stories (at least the way he told them) were that of great movie making.
The iconic storefront. This one looks fairly new. Wonderful in a medieval meets Bauhaus school of architecture kinda way.
Before going into the infamous slyders our group already noticed things were done a bit differently here at White Castle. In fact a bit backwards. The the onions were of wedges.. Very tasty wedges I should mention. :)
And the chicken products instead were rings. Huh. As with the signature five holes in their slyder patty, my guess was that this would make them fry up quicker(?). While the novelty of just looking different could be a reason, with a place officially named White Castle Systems, Inc., this was the better logic I could come up with.
The burgers are in its own individual little box containers which is probably the best part of the whole experience for me. My heart rate rises slightly with butterflies by the sight of these.
Probably not the best for the environment but boy are they CUTE.
The buns seem to naturally steam a bit in the boxes with the square perforated patty, grilled onions and a slice of dill pickle. I have to say I enjoyed my first one. I think I even murmured a subconscious "mmm," haha.
But three seems to be the magic number here. Especially when eaten fresh the steaming seems to disguise some of the grease and by my fourth White Castle I was pretty much done. But don't let this stop you from getting the Crave Case where 30 of them comes packed in it's own nifty cardboard box with handle. I'd like to have the opportunity of purchasing one one day to see if the experience is as satisfying as when I walked out the Apple Store with my brand new MacBook this year. I bet it's right up there. ;)
As with the standard slyder the best part of having the cheese version for me was the branded yellow orange box that it came in. Condiments galore but we didn't use any (except ketchup for the crinkle cut fries).
A few more photos from the field trip.
Coupons are a big thing here as well. Castle Cash!
The recipe page on White Castle's site was pretty entertaining. Breakfast Surprise, White Castle Souffle, White Castle Pot Pie, and Castle Enchiladas to name a few..
..while Mr. Dave of Ridiculous Food Society's recipe for the White Castle Casserole that he got published on This Is Why You're Fat is a definite notable mention as well. Jealous!
Canine Cologne's Hot Doug's and White Castle in Chicago post here which was what actually inspired me to do my Fast Food Friday series. Darn I now can't wait to go on a road trip soon. Thanks CC!
Hope you all enjoyed these as much as I have. :) Not sure what's in store for next week but Happy Halloween!