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Sliders in Phoenix?

ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 06:30 AM

Being from the Midwest, I find myself with the occasional craving for a White Castle. (actually about 10 White Castles) A lot of restaurants are serving sliders these days, as they've become somewhat trendy, but I'm looking for the real deal: cooked on steam, onions, greasy buns, paper thin beef or some semblance thereof.

Are there any good imitators? I've driven by that Chicago place on Indian School 1,000 times but never been in.

Would love to know your thoughts, especially if you can compare it to the real White Castle burger.


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  1. ValleyFever RE: ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 06:35 AM

    Chicago Hamburgr Co. is good, but nothing like White Castle.

    Their Windy City Sliders are bigger and heavier than a White Castle. I've yet to find a place in phoenix that sells a comparable burger.

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      ciaogal RE: ValleyFever Jan 9, 2008 06:41 AM

      Try Stax Burgers on Scottsdale Rd just south of Camelback....it's a little pricy...but great selection of toppings, buns, type of ground meat.....they even have foie gras...yummy!
      Also love the sliders @ Maloney's Tavern on Shea and the 101

      Stax Burger Bistro
      4400 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Maloney's On Shea
      8608 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ

      1. re: ciaogal
        ejs1492 RE: ciaogal Jan 9, 2008 06:57 AM

        Waaaaaay too gourmet for my craving! I'm sure they're good, but I'm seeking those spongey little grease balls that in St Louis we used to refer to as Skillet Scabs and Belly Bombers. You know, the type of stuff that's even better after you've put away a six pack of cheap American beer.

        Not that I'm against foie gras - I love it - but it's too high-brow for what I'm seeking!

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          themis RE: ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 07:23 AM

          See, in the Southwest, we substitute taco crawls for slider runs when we overindulge. Nothing can hold a candle to Mexican food to sop up tequila belly or fix a beer hangover. ;)

    2. winedubar RE: ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 06:44 AM

      you should give them a try...i think they are a great caloric splurge :)


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        azhotdish RE: winedubar Jan 9, 2008 07:01 AM

        I'll third this place, their sliders are great (western burger is pretty good too) and they have good onion rings.

      2. themis RE: ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 07:19 AM

        I have no experience with White Castles and, while many people have expounded on their wonderfulness, have no real desire to -- but Blue Moon in Peoria does standard sliders. Not to be confused with Half Moon, assorted locations around the Valley, which does prime rib (yum!), brisket, and seared ahi sliders.

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          hzp RE: ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 08:43 AM

          so.... i like chicago hamburger, but its definitely not white castle... recently, i hired a chef for an event to replicate the whitecastles, and the recipe is surprisingly simple to replicate for home. email me offboard if you're interested (although googling will yield the same result, I'm sure).

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            ejs1492 RE: hzp Jan 9, 2008 09:21 AM

            couldnt find your email on your profile. mine is under "blog" in mine; would love to hear about the recipe as none that I've found seem to work. Maybe the beef I'm buying is too high-quality...not sure where to find the Grade D beef that they used on the real deal!

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              jhenner RE: ejs1492 Jan 10, 2008 09:14 AM

              I'm an ex-pat Chicagoan myself and wouldn't mind finding a recipe duplicate for White Castle Burgers m'self.

              I remember we could buy them frozen back east., but haven't seen any choice pickings in the supermarkets here.

              Grade D? I always thought they put food coloring and flavoring in rice and grain patties. Still good, though.

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                ValleyFever RE: jhenner Jan 10, 2008 09:28 AM

                you can find frozen white castles at almost any fry's. They are more authentic than any other I slider I have found out west. I just need to find the WC Düsseldorf mustard.

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                  ejs1492 RE: jhenner Jan 10, 2008 09:29 AM

                  They have them frozen at Bashas, but they don't have pickles. Look in the bulk foods freezer.

                  It's definitely beef, but far from prime!

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                    jhenner RE: ejs1492 Jan 10, 2008 12:53 PM

                    Merci beaucoup! To da both of youse!

              2. re: hzp
                Denny3600 RE: hzp Jun 18, 2013 08:21 AM

                H, am interested in your receipe for replicating whitecastles. Having a 65th birthday in Dec with over 100 people and would like to serve WC but it's too difficult to ship 1000 burgers or more. How do I email you offboard. thanks Denny

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                  PinchOfSalt RE: Denny3600 Jun 18, 2013 08:33 AM

                  I like White Castle burgers too, so I am hoping that if hzp sees your request they will post the recipe here! Unfortunately hzp's post is more than 5 years old. :(

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                    John E. RE: Denny3600 Nov 1, 2013 02:36 PM

                    I just ran across this thread. I made White Castle type burgers at home a few years ago. Since I'm in Minnesota and can get the real deal about ten minutes from my house (and probably no more than 20 minutes fro anywhere in the Twin Cities), I have not repeated the process.

                    Here is a link:


                    Frankly, it's less of a recipe and more of a process. The basic step is to put the ground beef and some cold water into the food processor to make the beef paste-like. It is then rolled out and cut into burger patties with a pizza cutter. Don't forget to make some holes in the patties. They must be frozen before attempting to grill them on top of the onions or they will fall apart. Good luck.

                2. jcoz23 RE: ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 02:22 PM

                  I have also tried Chicago Hamburger and they are decent. Not quite like White Castle but probably the closest thing to the grease you are craving. Tarbell's also does sliders, but they are of the gourmet sort that Stax does!

                  1. ValleyFever RE: ejs1492 Jan 9, 2008 02:27 PM

                    What is the other chain of fast food sliders? I can't think of the name now.

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                      ValleyFever RE: ValleyFever Jan 9, 2008 02:30 PM

                      Oh, Krystal. As soon as I posted that it popped into my noggin.

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                      steveo_p RE: ejs1492 Jan 14, 2008 07:58 AM

                      Try these guys for a nice greasy slider: http://www.davesdoghouse.com/

                      Good chili dogs too. I've eaten a few hundred times at White Castles & Krystals so I know what you're talking about.

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                        pxed1 RE: ejs1492 Jun 22, 2013 07:48 AM

                        Can't help with fast food sliders, but if you're ever out in Scottsdale iPic (a movie theater with full meal service) has fantastic sliders- a classic one, a turkey one and a portabella one.

                        1. Bill Hunt RE: ejs1492 Nov 6, 2013 07:06 PM

                          It seems that almost everyone in Phoenix is doing some variation of a "slider." They should not be difficult to find.


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                            John E. RE: Bill Hunt Nov 6, 2013 07:39 PM

                            I tbi k some of the guys posting in Phoenix are lookinf for something close to the real thing, not just a little burger.

                            I was in New Orleans a couple years ago and bought one Krystal burger. It tasted just like a White Castle slider, at twice the price.

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                              Bill Hunt RE: John E. Nov 7, 2013 06:30 PM

                              Well, if the desire is to recreate a White Castle, or Krystal burger, I am at a loss where to point them.

                              The concept of "Sliders," small, burger-type offerings IS popular, but most chefs do some different things with their versions.


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