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what is it about white castle

after abandoning vegetarianism about two years ago-- i ate my first white caste burger the other night. in fact, it was my first "commercial" burger in many years. the last time i had white castle, however, was when i was ten. it was the feature of my friend's birthday party. (i grew up in a very classy town)
to return to my burger from the other night: i admit it was good. and i admit that we were all drinking so my taste buds might not have been as discerning as they would be on another night.
nonetheless everyone at our table seemed to agree that the little castle burgers were the best commercial burger option around.
true or untrue?

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  1. Best commercial burger? I don't think so.

    But it's like in the movie Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle -- when you've got that craving, nothing else will do.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      I'm certainly glad I never get that craving. I have never understood the WC phenom. I've had WC exactly four times in my life. I just don't get it. And I'm no snob about junk foods. I'll be the first to admit that I love 7-11 microwave burrito things, taco hell, arby's fish sammiches (and plenty more.) but WC I will never understand. Just does nothing for me at all.

      1. re: gordeaux

        I think it's mainly about the strong onion flavor in the slyders. If you LOVE onions, then it's little burger heaven. I know people who aren't crazy for WC - just a matter of taste. Also, a pal from VA says that "something about a burger that's just cooked on one side sounds wrong"- but Sr. Swanky & I can't get enough!

        1. re: gordeaux

          Guess people have different tastes. I can't eat 7-11 burritos and Taco Bell at all. But White Castle is something I like to enjoy once every few years. In addition to the strong onion flavor, there's something nice biting into that soggy squishy bun.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            I love In-and-Out, would I love White Castle? (I know that they are different in many ways)

            1. re: BellaDonna

              They're different in damn near every way. There's no way to tell if you'd like White Castle based on whether you like In n Out -- there just aren't enough data points in common.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                I eat them every once in a while. And here's a disturbing news flash: the last batch I got, the buns weren't steamed. They tasted dry and yucky. I hope this was just an isolated mistake.

              2. re: BellaDonna

                Oh, completely different animals. The only way you would know for sure is to try it. And as it's only about 50 cents a burger, there's not too much harm done if you don't like it.

                1. re: BellaDonna

                  I can pretty much guarantee that if you love In-n-Out you'll detest White Castle. Any more than Beach Boys and Rap can both be your favorite type of music.

                  1. re: addictedtolunch

                    Wait..I love them both!! I'm in Ca, & I love my double-doubles, but you can find the big box of frozen White Castle cheezeburgers in my freezer right now.
                    After a few seconds in the microwave, same squishy texture as if they were just steamed on the restaurant grill.

          2. i would say flavor balance and the appeal of "snackability." appealing soft bun, pungent flavorful onions, gooey cheese (supposing you're smart and go with the cheese sliders), and--though optional, completely required for me--the spice of a touch of jalapeno. someone made a post a while back about how the burger patty in most great fast food burgers is just there to support the superb condiments and bun, and i think white castle is a great example of that.

            1. There is no WC in our area, so they only thing I have had is the frozen version. It was okay, I'm sure it would have been better fresh, but what sticks out in my mind is the overwhelming smell of BO. The onions, I know, but . . .

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              1. re: danhole

                We don't have them where I live either and I had tried the frozen ones..oh the stank! I smelled up my whole house and I hated them....fast forward a few years and we were visiting the east coast and gave it a shot, walked in and BLAMO BO smell! I will say that aside from the smell they were damn tasty...would go back in a heartbeat. Avoid the frozen at all costs.

              2. i've been eating them all my life - i love them, but they don't love me so i don't eat them very often. we call them bellybombers for a reason. there is just something about them - the onions, the steamed bun - who know. i can eat about 10 of them! forget about the frozen ones, they are just not the same!

                1. the allure of White Castle for me is that they are open 24 hours, and an easy stop home after a night of drinking, something about a greasy burger helping to fend off a hangover the next day.

                  I rarely if ever eat White Castle when sober.

                  Nowhere near the best burger, but they fill the late night niche like Taco Bell, etc.