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Dec 11, 2006 02:30 AM

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

I grew up in Chicago and a big treat as a kid was getting White Castle burgers. I love um!!!! It seems like a natural for L.A. but there aren't any here. Does anyone have scoop as to why not? (Yes, I have had plenty of In & Out burgers but I find them kind of plain and they just don't compare--or stack up--to sliders!)

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  1. I think it's a matter of regional preference, much like how you don't find Jack In The Box back east, or Steak-n-Shake anywhere but the Midwest. I remember many years ago there was a White Castle in Arizona, but it just didn't take root out here.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        I live in the Midwest. And yes, there's a Steak n Shake down the street.

      2. There used to be a White Castle in Long Beach, just off the Traffic Circle. It's been years since I was in the area, tho, so I don't know if it's still there or not. That was the only one I knew about in the Southland, tho.

        1. I believe there is a White Castle out in Rancho Cucamonga (maybe stretching the geographical definition of "Los Angeles" a bit ...)

          1. I lived in LA for a little while and liked Fatburger, IN & Out, and Jack in the Box so much better than White Castle. I'm stuck in Cleveland for the time being and am jealous of my friends with In & Out and the ilk at their disposal. There's White Castle here but not much else.

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            1. re: chucktowneater

              hey cleveland, my ex from Ohio used to love roman burgers at mr hero

              have you been ?

              1. re: soulimar

                Egads!!!! Mr. Hero lives!! I lived in Cleveland back in the late 70's / early 80's and loved Mr. Hero. I always had their regular cheeseburgers. Definitely a heart-attack on a sub bun. Maybe it's time for a trip back to Cleveland.

            2. why is there no popeye's in raleigh-durham (except the airport where people stock up) or chik-fil-a up north or whatever your fav fast food chain, instead of a mcDo's on every corner. (i got "mc do" from the fat french girl in supersize me., i love how she's fat AND french)
              anyhow, better marketing = more locaitons