I chill at White Castle ’cause it’s the best / But I’m fly at Fatburger when I’m way out West—Beastie Boys
True to the song, White Castle restaurants are not available out West. In fact, White Castle is only found in a cluster of 11 Midwest and Eastern states. So when Darlene and I happened upon one in central Ohio last month, we simply HAD to stop in. And as luck would have it, they had a fish sandwich. Huzzah! Another taste test!
As you may or may not know, White Castle specializes in their miniature steamed hamburgers, affectionately called “sliders” by their loyal fan base. I’ve had their sliders and they’re actually pretty good (for the price). So when I ordered a fish sandwich (a “Double Fish Slider w/Cheese,” actually), I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. And you know what? It was ai’ight.
Like their burgers, the fish sandwich was a geometric primitive, i.e. a four-cornered slab with a bun to match. Once it cooled off a bit, I dove in.
It was a pretty good offering. The fish-plus-tartar sauce-plus-cheese is nothing groundbreaking; McDonald’s has been doing that since forever. But the bun was a standout. It’s the same soft, almost Hawaiian bread-style bun that blankets their sliders. So it looked, handled and tasted like a White Castle product. Pretty good for $2.98 plus tax.
But here’s the bad news: According to their online nutrition guide, I pulled in 610 calories (430 fat calories) and 48 fat grams. Whoolf! That’s 74% of your daily value right there. That’s almost like sucking down two cans of corned beef hash. If there’s anything that makes these figures more palatable, you do get 92% of your daily fiber from one of those sandwiches.
White Castle’s tagline is “THE CRAVE.” Well, that’s one craving I’m luckily able to surpress.
ps Red Creme Barq’s? On tap? INSANE!
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When I first read the title of this post… I was thinking “there’s White Castle in San Diego finally?!?!” Hopes dashed as I read on 😦
Someone check this guy’s mercury level.
when i was in my young teenage years back in the late 60’s early 70’s white castle’s solded the best tastiest fish sandwiches i ever had, that was the direct result of the tarter sauce they put on the fish. my boyfriend and i would eat so many our stomachs would ache from over eating, but they were so good we couldn’t help it. I’m proud to say we were not the only ones.The parking lots would be full with cars ordering the same alone with the white castle. I don’t know if they made the sauce or another company made it for them, i do know that the sauce came in a big jar(like a big dill pickle jar), and it was the best. Then they switched to the packaged tarter sauce, and the fish sandwich never tasted the same. I was crushed, so was my boyfriend. Would really love to have the original recipe you use back in the day. Craving for yesteryear’s tarter sauce.