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White Castle Valentines Day Promotion

michele cindy Feb 8, 2012 05:47 AM

Just wondering if anyone has ever gone to this "event". I think I will this year. (Not interested in a food review, I know that), I'm just interested in hearing about the overall experience. http://www.whitecastle.com/promotions...

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  1. The Dairy Queen RE: michele cindy Feb 8, 2012 06:11 AM

    I've done it. I thought it was really sweet and fun. The staff dresses up in their nicest clothes and provide table service. They print up a cute little menu and decorate the restaurants with hearts and such. We saw a young couple there that might have been the cutest ever. Of course, the food's the same as it always is...

    ~TDQ

    1. Ditdah RE: michele cindy Feb 8, 2012 12:35 PM

      My parents did it last year. The location they went to wasn't prepared at all for the event. Even though they made reservations, the restaurant wasn't moving people through at the right speed and my parents had to stand around for 30 minutes waiting. Since a White Castle doesn't have a bar or waiting area, this was just standing around the counter at the front of the store with a crowd of other people. The service was excessively slow and they forgot my mother's food alltogether - just brought my Dad's. I don't really fault the employees too much - this has to be a crazy change for people used to working "regular" fast food service.

      Now, they did say it was lovely inside, the people were very friendly and seemed excited about the event, and that it was neat to experience. My mom got a flower to take home, and they had their photo taken which could be downloaded from Facebook a few weeks later (with a variety of cutesy digital frames around it.)

      Also, we heard that other restaurants in the city didn't have this same problem - it was just a disaster for whatever reason at the location they went to.

      When I asked if they would do it again, my dad said "yes, wihtout a doubt. It was fun, even though it was slow!" My mom said "not at that location. Standing in a crowd for half an hour in a fast food restaurant was not my idea of a nice Valentine's night. If I could go to another one and be guranteed a seat within 5 minutes of the reservation time, then I'd go again for sure."

      Not saying you should or shouldn't do it - just passing on their experience.

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        michele cindy RE: Ditdah Feb 8, 2012 01:53 PM

        I want to do it, but my husband is not into it. He doesn't eat meat, but he does eat there fried fish sandwiches. I think it would be fun. Now I have the crave...

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          The Dairy Queen RE: michele cindy Feb 8, 2012 02:01 PM

          Oh, you should go. On their little menu they list their fried fish sandwich under "Seafood". It's a hilarious sight to behold.

          The staff at our White Castle location is pretty young, so for their best clothes they were wearing their prom attire and their best suites. They were so serious and earnest. It was really sweet.

          Plus, you can leave a tip equal to double the price of your meal and still get out of there for about $20. HA!

          ~TDQ

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            The Dairy Queen RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 8, 2012 02:03 PM

            I mean suits. Not suites.

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen
              michele cindy RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 9, 2012 05:31 AM

              If he agrees we'll do it. If not I'll just take the kids with me!

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                michele cindy RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2012 04:43 PM

                DQ - we just got back. We had a great time. There was even a local news12 crew filming and they interviewed us. Lot's of fun, and yes cute and sweet.

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                  cwdonald RE: michele cindy Feb 14, 2012 10:22 PM

                  Did you have a great time and ate the food too? Inquiring minds and your cardiologist want to know........... I think its brilliant marketing, but if anyone suggested to me to go to WC for V-Day, I would have real issues. Steamed hamburgers with under cooked onions are not what I am hoping to dine on for V Day, regardless of the depths of my pockets. I applaud the chain, but I question the patrons who go there.

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                    michele cindy RE: cwdonald Feb 16, 2012 05:46 AM

                    "I question the patrons who go there" Why? It was a lot of fun, took the kids we all got a kick out of it. Nothing a bit of mylanta can't cure. We don't do this all the time. Moderation is key.

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                    The Dairy Queen RE: michele cindy Feb 15, 2012 12:42 AM

                    I'm glad you had fun! And not to worry, I'm sure your cardiologist isn't going to freak out over your having a teeny, tiny steamed burger once a year.

                    ~TDQ

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              HillJ RE: michele cindy Feb 16, 2012 06:24 AM

              We caught the news story too late to participate. But dh and I thought it was fun, playful and on the list for next year.

              1. michele cindy RE: michele cindy Jan 18, 2013 06:27 AM

                Just a reminder Valentines Day is around the corner. I definitely plan to do this again, that is if I can convince the kids.

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                  HillJ RE: michele cindy Jan 18, 2013 06:38 AM

                  Thanks for the reminder!

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                    jrvedivici RE: HillJ Jan 18, 2013 06:51 AM

                    Hill J you seriously attended this last year? The link in the OP is expired but I take it What Castle turns into a full service restaurant for Valentines Day is the concept? I find that to by hysterical and might do it as a prank for lunch. (I'll have to have extra tum's handy because although I LOVE WHITE CASTLE over the years my body has turned against it.)

                    Let me know if I'm missing anything in my understanding of this. Thanks!!

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                      HillJ RE: jrvedivici Jan 18, 2013 06:59 AM

                      I missed it last year (my 2/16/12 comment) altogether...and the reservation list (believe it or not) was booked quickly from what I was told. You bet I'd go for the fun experience. This year, WC has gotten 'all Facebook" with cards and stuff..not my style. But hitting the place for a Craver box with hubby-absolutely down w/that. You got me all wrong, jrv. A food snob I am not-just a chowhound!

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                        The Dairy Queen RE: jrvedivici Jan 18, 2013 07:01 AM

                        Yes, that's the idea. The staff dress up in their nicest clothes and provide table service. They decorate the restaurant in a Valentine's theme and give you a little paper menu from which to order. It's really sweet and hilarious all at the same time.

                        ~TDQ

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                          michele cindy RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 18, 2013 08:06 AM

                          Last year we ended up on the local news.

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                            The Dairy Queen RE: michele cindy Jan 18, 2013 08:31 AM

                            That would have been enough to ruin my dinner, having a news-crew present.

                            ~TDQ

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                          michele cindy RE: jrvedivici Jan 18, 2013 08:03 AM

                          I'm the op. Here's the link to this years "Big Event"!
                          http://www.whitecastle.com/promotions...!

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                            HillJ RE: michele cindy Jan 18, 2013 08:17 AM

                            And if you live near a WC just calling them directly works too.

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                              The Dairy Queen RE: HillJ Jan 18, 2013 08:30 AM

                              You have to call to make a reservation--the link just gives you the locations and phone numbers. Also, note that the Minneapolis link isn't just for the Minneapolis location, it's for all of the Twin Cities locations, including the St. Paul/University Ave location. I don't know if it works that way for other regions, but if you don't see your preferred location on the list, call the phone number for the nearest location on the list. They might be able to help you anyway.

                              ~TDQ

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                                HillJ RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 18, 2013 08:36 AM

                                Here in NJ I have two WC choices to travel to; both are taking reservations over the phone. When my hubby gets in I'm going to ask which location he prefers to meet at and then call in a rez.

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                                  The Dairy Queen RE: HillJ Jan 18, 2013 09:53 AM

                                  I'd call both asap and then cancel the one you don't need if you are hoping for a particular time. I just called and couldn't get the time I wanted. They book up fast!

                                  ~TDQ

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                                    HillJ RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 18, 2013 10:16 AM

                                    LOL...great minds...that's exactly what I did! DH will make the final meetup decision.

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                                      jrvedivici RE: HillJ Jan 19, 2013 04:53 AM

                                      This is the funniest thing............it's actually my parents anniversary maybe I'll include them in the gag too. I can't expand that new link on my phone I'll have to check from a computer. Lol this is funny. Enjoy everyone!

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                      HillJ RE: michele cindy Feb 14, 2013 04:43 PM

                      Did anyone go? We were unable to get a rez....not many WC choices offering it in NJ. I thought it would be a hoot. Hope someone enjoyed the "event."

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                        jrvedivici RE: HillJ Feb 14, 2013 05:47 PM

                        I wasn't able to squeeze it into my day either. I did however pass the one on 37sth in Toms Rive after our dinner and it was hopping! Packed!

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                          michele cindy RE: HillJ Feb 15, 2013 05:31 AM

                          We went. We really enjoyed it. All of the customers were in a fun mood, they knew what they were getting, and enjoyed themselves. It was very festive. Decorations, this time instead of the plastic they had real table cloths! Along with the sliders, they have a couple of new items we tried, shrimp nibblers, too much breading, and not firm enough, Mac N Cheese nibblers, triangular shaped mac and cheese bites that are deep fried, those were tasty, and chili, my daughter had the chili fries, not bad similar to Wendy's.

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                            Sra. Swanky RE: michele cindy Feb 15, 2013 05:40 AM

                            Glad you had fun! I can't wait to take my boys to this when they're a little older. Their first kids' meals were from White Castle...just like their mom. :)

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