My cousin Doug, who now resides in Arizona, stopped by last week. We enjoyed his visit, but late on Saturday night he mentioned that he wanted to try some gut busters.
It took the hubby a moment or two to think what he meant. But no matter what we might call them, we all know why we call them what we do. White Castle hamburgers have been an American staple since the first one was served in 1921.
I don’t think Cousin Doug has ever been for a visit and not run out for at least a six pack. The most he ever ate, that I know of, in one night was ten. Family legend has it that when my Uncle Ron came to town he could eat 32 white castles and drink a case of beer watching a basketball game. I do not know if that is true or not.
These small, soggy, little hamburgers really have an acquired taste. Extra pickle, extra onion along with a slice of cheese is optional. So why then, did we go out and bring home a sack or two late on a Saturday night?
They have to be the most addictive of all fast food. Perhaps it has something to do with the five holes cut into each one. My Uncle Ron would always say “Gonna get me a job at White Castle because somebody has to drill those little holes.”
This week we told Doug that if he wanted to have the greasy little hamburgers in Arizona, he could buy them frozen at a local supermarket. He said he tried a box of frozen ones once, but could not enjoy the unique legendary taste of White Castles in Arizona.
White Castle hamburgers are grilled over a bed of onions, which produces a sandwich that is moist and excellent. Perhaps the only thing that has changed about White Castles over the years is the cost. Doug can remember when each hamburger cost only twenty five cents. Yes, he is a tad older than me!
Before he left, I had a chance to ask him. “Tell me, what you will want next time you drive through Greenwood?”
“I’ll probably have to pick up another sack full of White Castles.”
His answer explains why White Castles will always be an American favorite.