Ah, Le Chateau Blanc. My culinary love. White Castle is a chain of fast food restaurants n the midwest and northeast of the U.S. The signature item on the menu is a small hamburger on a square bun, approximately 2.5 inches / 6.3 cm on a side. The square meat patty is "steam grilled" with chopped onions and served with a sliver of pickle.
The steamy heat from cooking softens the bun and creates a unique flavor. The small size makes them look like hors d' oeuvres - you buy four or five and pop them in your mouth. Some people think they are awful and claim that the meat is bad quality, greasy and they feel like they slide down your throat. Others, including me, consider them a delicacy. I grew up on the same block of Queens, New York City that NYC blogger Ming the Merciless lives on now. There is a White Castle there in Sunnyside and a visit was a special treat during my childhood. People in New York and here in St. Louis call the burgers sliders for the reason just mentioned. White Castle celebrates the name and has trademarked the term Slyders.
The restaurants glow white at night. In the fall, when the sun sets earlier, I want to get out for some night shots of them.
Ming, do you ever visit the White Castle at Queens Boulevard and 43rd Street?