I’m not sure why, but most people have Feelings about White Castle. Lots of people think it’s disgusting. Some people looooove it (one friend’s husband gets W.C. gift cards for his birthday from everyone he knows.) There was an entire movie based around it. Is it socio economic snobbery? Is the food actually gross? Why do people care if I’m eating sliders or not?You should also know that I’m one of those people who eats things like chia seed pudding and ezekiel bread. I very, very rarely eat meat and I consider medjool dates a special sweet treat. So I’m basically totally insufferable.
With all of this in mind, I met two friends for dinner at the White Castle on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. I emotionally prepared myself for a dirty lobby and grease-soaked to-go bags (which is my experience in pretty much every fast food place I’ve ever eaten) and was pleasantly surprised to find an incredibly clean restaurant and super helpful staff.
Here’s what I ordered and what I thought:
Not totally awful! Granted, I only took one hesitant bite but I didn’t want to throw up in my mouth! It was super soft and, um, moist and onion-y. It sort of reminded me of a not-too-sloppy sloppy joe. Apparently, sliders are steamed rather than fried which actually makes them significantly healthier than most fast food red meat options.Barbeque chicken rings
rating: three stars
So, these consist of bits of processed chicken, fused into ring shapes, fried, covered in barbecue-flavored powder. They taste fake and processed and also pretty good.
rating: five stars
Oh what’s that? An ‘awesome blossom’ for a fraction of the price that’s easier to eat? INTO IT.Mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce
FRIED CHEESE IS NEVER NOT GOOD. It should be available everywhere.In summary, I really don’t understand what the fuss is about. Why are people so eager to hate on what seems to be a perfectly average fast food restaurant? Will I be eating there regularly? No. Is it worse than McDonalds or Burger King or Taco Bell? Also no. It’s just a fast food place that makes fried cheese more readily available to the masses.How you do feel about White Castle? Why do people have such strong feelings about it?