Just rebuilt and re-opened. We’d notice they demolished the old one, and were somewhat surprised to see a newer, shinier one take its place in such a short time. We went on Saturday, the new one had only been open since Monday.
As we arrived, both drive-through lanes were packed. There were also lots of cars in the parking lot.
We’d been there before, several years prior. It may have been the first time I’d been to one. I don’t recall specifics, but I do recall this, I was never tempted to go back. I do vaguely recall some significant tummy distress.
To be fair, I’d had their sliders before, quite a few of them, but they were the frozen ones bought from a grocery store. I liked those.
So the new place was brand new, shiny, clean, at least on the outside.
On the inside I immediately noticed that the floor looked like it hadn’t been swept in a month, bothersome since the place had only been open six days. The tables, all of them, were non-bussed. Condiments and wrappers were left lying on them.
Behind the counter, into the kitchen I was impressed by the size of the staff. There were easily fifteen or more, mostly kids, dressed in blue uniforms working away. None of them had a broom or cleaning cloth in their hands.
Famous for their ‘sliders’
has been making burgers since
before prohibition, the early 1920’s. They are the first recognized burger
chain in the world. The iconic white porcelain tile ‘castles’ were kept highly
polished to assuage the fears of ground beef people of the time had, based
largely on the book ‘The Jungle’ by Upton Sinclair. This is the book that blew
the doors off of the White Castle meat industry. U.S.
Today’s method of cooking is, according to Wikipedia: “. . . small, frozen square patties (originally supplied by Swift & Company) which are cooked atop a bed of rehydrated onions laid out on a grill. The heat and steam rises up from the grill, through the onions. In 1951, five holes in the patty were added to facilitate quick and thorough cooking. The very thin patties are not flipped throughout this process.”
The bun sits on top of the patty as it cooks, steaming it.
|Don''t quite look like the ones on the menu.|
We ordered, it’s not hard, they only offer a few options. Beside various configurations of burger, they also offer chicken and fish sliders.
Angel and I chose the #1 combo, four sliders (with cheese if you opt for it) fries and a soda. Adam picked the #6, two chicken ring sliders, fries and a drink. We were offered ‘Cheesecake on a stick’ we accepted, since everything’s better when served on a stick.
It’s only fair that I point out that our expectations were pretty low. None of us had particularly fond recollections of the place. And they did nothing to belie those meager expectations.
|Yeah, that soggy.|
|Mmmm, looks yummy!|
Neither Angel nor I were able to eat all four. As they cooled they just got worse. Not just the sickening texture of the bun though, once you got past that the patties themselves were bland and lifeless. The pickle even seemed limp. An elderly man near us was telling people that he’d heard the things were fried in water a day early then reheated. I could find no reason to dispute this allegation.
Adam didn’t have much good to say about the chicken rings either, describing it as ‘bare’.
The crinkle fries were fine. The cheesecake on a stick was pretty good.
Awful, simply awful. The price was just over twenty bucks, pretty expensive for unadulterated crap.
|Cheesecake on a stick.|
Once we left Adam chimed in: “Ha-ha, very funny, now really, where are we going to eat?”