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March 18th, 2000

White Castle.

One of the true measures of growing up, at least in the Chicago area, is your like or dislike of White Castle. White Castle has been around for eons, it seems, serving up small hamburgers at a decent price. Most people in the area just call ’em "sliders" (although White Castle itself calls them "slyders") simply because, well, they slide right through you.

But they’re so good. It’s very rare to meet people who have lived here all their lives and haven’t formed an opinion on White Castle. A friend of mine, though, brought in some friends from school. They love food that really, uhm, challenges you, and sliders would fit right into their ideal. Guess what? They got sick. Oops.

But they’re so good.

[As an aside, though, the White Castle in Nashville was a poor attempt at imitating a real White Castle. The burgers tasted funny. The burgers didn’t stay with me for hours, like good sliders should. And when I order a chicken sandwich, I expect a chicken sandwich, not two chicken rings put on a bun!] -pm

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday March 20, 2000 -- 9:37:16PM
We go to White Castle everytime we visit my aunt in Chicago. I have many great memories of it, especially about 2 years ago when there were a bunch of drunken 15 year olds sitting around looking sick. I'm sure those sliders really helped them out of their jam!

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Tuesday March 21, 2000 -- 3:31:44PM
And remember:

"White Castle fries only come in one size"

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday March 21, 2000 -- 3:41:01PM
I've never eaten at a White Castle, but I do remember buying the small White Castle burgers frozen in the food store when I used to babysit. Yum.

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2000 -- 10:29:56PM
holy shit!
i go to school at Fordham University in the Bronx. we have a White Castle and my friends and i always go there at like 3 in the morning and all of the bums are lying around sleeping in the booths. and they need to press a button in order for you to get in the bathroom. It's also the only place where you get your food served through a bullet proof glass. as far as the food, i love it that night, but in the morning, i never leave the toilet. my track team does not allow anybody to eat it at least three days before a meet.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2000 -- 11:48:06PM
I think that you guys should treat you opponents to white castles the night before your meets.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday May 4, 2000 -- 5:17:34PM
LOL! Such... tasty... punishment!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday May 5, 2000 -- 12:25:27AM
I hope to survive on a diet of White Castle and malt liquor when I have my own place.

FROM: Dave Hauss
DATE: Monday May 8, 2000 -- 8:10:31AM
I have a good recipe for white castle hamburger pate

FROM: dave
DATE: Sunday October 15, 2000 -- 10:31:58PM
I went to North Jersey and Staten Island last weekend and was determined to eat White Castle (for the first time in my life) before I left. I found one in Metuchen and got the two double cheeseburger combo. As I think I could be a contender for the Guinness Book's "World's Fastest Metabolism" category, I immediately went back to my hotel room, waiting for the inevitable. Somehow, though, I was spared extra ill effects...

...oh, and by the way, it didn't taste all that bad.

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Sunday October 22, 2000 -- 11:12:15AM
Mmmmm... Greasers (Hamburgers) and Slyders (Cheeseburgers)... yummy. Problem is, the place that had the greatest onion rings in the entire known universe destroyed them when they went first to their disintegrated onions (originally they were a solid onion ring), and then after enough complaints (angry White Castle-philes screeching in horror and angst, testing the bulletproof inner sanctum I'm sure)... they brought back the full onion but went to using some funky battering technique (old-style WC Onion Rings had a lumpier surface texture, any real WC conossieur knows this).

This new battering technique "INSURES" that your onion rings, no matter the person deep frying them, come out looking like a ball of slop stuffed in one of the classic cardboard boxes. Nasty... a neat trick I learned at the fake White Castles in Columbus, OH while I was attending OSU (and first experienced the slop onion rings and a White Castle's coney, a phenomenon unprivelaged to the Chicago contingency) was that with the new-style onion rings... lay them on paper towels to allow the grease from the high absorbtion new batter coating to be sucked out. Allow them to complete cool (only saying this to get the maximum amount of oil drained from them) and then as heinous as this may sound... nuke/microwave them. Voila... tastes more like the old WC onion rings. Eerie...

On an sidenote though, their burgers still own. Growing up very near to Paul in "BERWYN!!" (moved to Lyons at a later date), I admit my allegiance as a member of the porcelain house cult. However, I think that there's a defined similarity between porcelain houses (White Castle's) and porcelain commodes (toilet if you will). Even though I swear my allegiance to them, your odds of paying dearly for such an allegiance are a 50/50 chance of spending a night reading magazines and hoping that your legs don't go numb from all of the extra "seating" time.

"The monument to savory goodness stands at Harlem Ave. and Ogden Ave."

FROM: Michael Wilson
DATE: Monday June 4, 2001 -- 4:14:34PM
In St. Louis we call them belly bombers. It was normal to buy them buy the dozen and not unusual to have a drunken bet that someone could eat fifty. Very few ever one that bet.And those that did werent seen for days.

FROM: David Holley
DATE: Wednesday June 20, 2001 -- 2:00:58PM
I grew up in the south. There we had Crystals instead of White Castles. They were essentially the same. I remember that they cost about 12 cents in the 50's. Whenever I travel, I check to see if there are Crystals or White Castles where I'm going. Last year, in Chicago, The White Castle gave me a directory of all the White Castles. I keep it with my Rand McNally.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 20, 2001 -- 3:51:04PM
My cousin worked at a Crystal in Tennessee when she was in high school. Was, after eating there with her employee discount, she came down with a horrible case of food poisoning. Needless to say, she didn't go back much after that.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 20, 2001 -- 3:52:52PM
Here's a question for the Pingers: Who would win in a fight--White Castle bums or Krispy Kreme bums?

FROM: Ashley
DATE: Monday March 29, 2004 -- 7:26:03 pm
Try loving White Castles and working there 6 days a week! White Castle is a wonderful company! I served a man 60 White Castles and he ate them in one sitting in my dining room. He was back the next day and ordered a sack of 10 to go. He's my best customer. I also have a 3 inch thick bullet proof window that we roll down at night. There is a bullet proof box in the counter with doors at each end and can only be opened one end at a time that we serve the food through. It is needed. I love White Castle and I'll be there 5-6 days a week for the next 35 years! (Hopefully my best customer will as well)

FROM: Christine
DATE: Sunday May 30, 2004 -- 6:37:12 pm
I love White Castles. I always order 4 burgers, an onion chip @ a chocolate shake. I prefer to be sober unlike many patrons. This way you experience the full effect. I love um, but they really get ya in the END.

FROM: John
DATE: Saturday June 19, 2004 -- 12:10:34 am
the other day, my dad and I were talkin about white castle sliders, and we came up with a new name for em.... Toilet Lube! ...they sure do taste good though...

FROM: George Davino
DATE: Tuesday September 7, 2004 -- 1:23:26 am
He ate 60 in one sitting!!!!
WOW ... That is as close to GOD as you will ever get. I wonder if that guys keeps a plumber on staff at his house

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday September 7, 2004 -- 5:17:03 pm
I think Ashley's three-inch bullet proof window is really to protect the staff from the smell and disgust of customers' late night liquid and vapor eruptions.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:15:49 pm

FROM: emily
DATE: Monday July 3, 2006 -- 3:15:20 am
We flippin LOVE White Castles!!In my family we call them white castle EXPLOSIONS!- iF YOU GET MY MEENING:>!

Robert K August 8, 2007, 4:11 am

White Castle has got to be the nastiest food on Earth! I just came to this sight because I was wondering why they called those sickening burgers “sliders”. The answer doesn’t surprise me. They don’t smell any different sliding out than they do sliding in either!!!

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