When I’m on vacation, I try to avoid fast food establishments as much as possible. The plan once we arrived in Chicago was to hop in the rental car and get myself a Chicago dog with all the fixings before heading off to East Lansing, Michigan. But the storm changed things around. Mother Nature is like that.
Instead of arriving at 2 p.m., we arrived at 4. As for those breaded chicken tenders… eh… not so filling. Especially true when the last real meal had was at 5 a.m. pacific standard time and those little snack pack were meant for toddlers.
Hotel reservations were made and daylight was being lost. In addition, the grumblings in my stomach were constantly reminding me that I must consume something to fill the four hour drive between Chicago and East Lansing.
Enter Michigan City’s White Castle.
When my dad was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois, I recall seeing White Castles frequently. We never had an opportunity to try some but I filed it away in my prepubescent mind that it was some regional delicacy.
‘Delicacy, ha!’ you must be saying in your mind right now. But I’m using the word loosely. Much like In-N-Out and Jack in the Box are relegated to a few southwest states, White Castle is only available in a few mideast states. So in some twisted way in this visit, I did try something out of the ordinary that I wouldn’t get in Southern California: a White Castle burger!
To be faithfully honest, I didn’t expect much. I recall hearing somewhere that White Castle’s square patties are steam grilled. Not entirely an entirely appetizing concept. But it might have been the extreme hunger or lack of sleep but it wasn’t too bad.
Unfortunately since the White Castle burger was first introduced in 1921 at 5 cents a burger, the price is currently at 55 cents today.
As for eating it by the sackful, it’s just not my bag. (I could only eat two max.) Besides I had some delicious perch waiting for me in East Lansing.