I remember at around 12 years old my friend Michael and myself would do chores around the neighborhood to earn a few dollars. Sometimes we would take our hard earned money and head off to White Castle to get a few of them little square burgers. As we walked into the place the aroma of 100% beef mixed with chopped onions would come off of the grill and permeate throughout the restaurant and hit us right in the face. It was a good smell and one that to this day still stays in my fondest food memories.
White Castle was always the place where people waited in line to get that white sack of delicious burgers. People didn’t seem to mind waiting and usually they found good conversation with others waiting for their food. The staff was always friendly and ready to serve you with a smile at the counter.
Somewhere along the line as White Castle grew bigger it lost it’s grill and replaced all cooking with microwaves. The burgers now are pre-cooked and only heated with the use of that microwave. Many times when you get them they are still cold and sometimes still frozen and never heated throughout the whole burger. That counter was replaced with high windows and staff has lost all connection with the customer and appear that they are working in some type of misery as if they are forced to do it.
So White Castle will always live in my memories, but never again in my belly.