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White Castle has been trying on a lot of different dishes for size lately. Jalapeno and siracha everything, for example. Tonight I went for the “Chicken & Waffle Slider,” a take off on the current chicken and waffle craze sweeping the country. Used to be you could only get that dish in about three restaurants in the US, and traditionally it was a steaming hot, crisp waffle, a piece of fried chicken, and maple survey to splash.
White Castle has taken some liberties, used “Imported from Belgium” waffles, a fried chicken patty, a schmear of “country” gravy and some bacon bits. It had potential (at least in my head) but the execution (at least at this outlet) was awful. The waffles had the limp consistency of sitting on a steam table, the dollop of gravy was undetectable and the bacon had (or waffle) had a heavy maple flavor that was kind of cloying.
I like most everything on White Castle’s menu and am more than an occasional customer, and no, I don’t drink. But this one? Pass. I did get a tasty order of o-rings, tho, second best in the fast food industry behind Arby’s terrific rings. So sez I.
White Castle Chicken Waffle Review
I have reviewed a good quantity of frozen “heat and eat” burgers, including these in the past. Other brands covered include Steak N Shake, Big Az, Fred Meyer (Kroger), Dollar Tree, Walgreens, and Ball Park. (Note, I am only referring to completely pre-cooked burgers, not frozen patties that need to be cooked in a traditional method).
I won’t tell you here which was my favorite, you’ll have to read all those older reviews!
My biggest “beef” with these sandwiches in the past, has been the lack of ability to heat them evenly, generally the bun would be hard or the patty still had cold spots or some combination of the two. I “solved” this for me by heating each element separately, but it still took trial and error.
In the White Castle restaurants, the burgers are cooked quickly on a steam table covered with grilled onions. “Steam” is the operative word here, and White Castle has goofed around with their prep method for the frozen burgers until they came up with a solution to my complaint.
The new instructions call for heating the burgers in their (two pack) plastic wrapper, with one end open. This creates a little steamer “environment” and after 60 seconds in the microwave (for hard frozen ones), the results are very satisfactory, and come very close to the in-store experience.
I dress my White Castles with pickle and a squirt of mustard. At the restaurants, the burgers are served with a dollop of the grilled onions and a pickle slice, other condiments are up to you. White Castle has a surprising variety of condiments available, just ask. There is no USDA establishment number on the packaging, so I can’t tell you where these little beauties are manufactured. The bottom line is that if you like the restaurant product, you’ll find these a satisfactory substitute to getting in the car, Harold and Kumar aside. And there are VERY FEW restaurant branded foods in the grocery aisles that can make that claim.
If you’ve never been to an actual White Castle Restaurant, put it on your bucket list. They are mostly located in the Northern portion of the Midwestern and Eastern United States. They’re small, they’re inexpensive, and it’s an experience that will stay with you! Menu. Locator for both restaurants and retail outlets for the frozen product.
White Castle Frozen
I’ve written about White Castle several times; I never imagined I’d be reviewing a seafood offering from the purveyors of America’s favorite sliders.
Many restaurants offer seafood specials during the season of Lent; the practice has extended to many fast food outlets as well. The tradition stems from an ancient Christian practice, a variation of fasting, which started as a traditional fast at first, but was modified over time to mean forgoing meat dishes. Fish / seafood became a natural substitute, as they were both plentiful and available easily to all economic groups.
While the tradition is carried on “religiously” in some parts of society, for many it’s not as important as a conviction, but rather a quest for variety.
White Castle’s bow to the tradition is with a triad of offerings, a fish sandwich, fish bite-size nibblers, and shrimp nibblers. All are lightly breaded and fried to order. Both the fish and shrimp are available in small, medium, and sack size portions. Fish nibblers and sliders are made with Alaskan Pollock, a species of the cod family.
If you’re like me, it’s tough to imagine entering a White Castle without scarfing a few sliders, and fortunately, even during Lent, the ‘Castle has made it easier for folks like us, with the combo offering of 3 sliders, a small shrimp nibbler and a soda. That’s what I opted for.
I loved both, and wish I would have ordered a larger size on the shrimp, as I was surprised at their taste and size. I was expecting tiny little salad or bay shrimp, or even little shrimp ‘bits’, like one fast food company used to do o-rings, but these would qualify as “mediums” by any grocer’s label. The breading was light and crispy, and you had a choice of dipping sauces, traditional cocktail, tartar, or a zesty ranch.
I believe the fish sandwich is around all the time, not sure about fish nibblers, and fairly confident the shrimp is a Lent LTO. Which just means I’ll have to stop back a few times before Easter. Sack size, next time, for sure!