Restaurant Review : White Castle
August 12, 2011 9:44 AM - BoerumHillScott
959 Atlantic Ave. (Just east of Grand)
Clinton Hill

I had a real craving for greasy food on Wednesday evening, and based on advice form people on the LifeinBlkn OT, I decided to give White Castle a try.
Having lived my entire life in the Southeast and California, I had never tried one before, although I was familiar with the chain through various pop culture references.

We walked there, but there appears to be amble spaces in their parking lot. The inside of the restaurant was somewhat dingy, but not overly nasty. It was clearly designed to “high crime area” standards, with a small window for ordering and pickup instead of a counter, and a bathroom that required employees to buzz you into.

Being my first time, I decided to stick to the hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and onion rings, although the “Chicken Rings” looked like they could be interesting. The total for 4 hamburgers, 2 cheeseburgers, 1 order of onion rings, and 1 medium fountain drink (which I would call large) was $8.80, including tax.

The drinks are self-serve, which means unlimited free refills while you are there. There is a large stash of ketchup and mayo packets for customers, although it looked like a ketchup packet had leaked at one time, leaving the rest slightly sticky. The tables were clean, and we had the choice between standard tables, booths, or high table.

It took the food around 5 minutes to arrive, largely because they cooked us a fresh order of onion rings. The onion rings were standard fast food quality, made of shaped tiny pieces of onion and not whole rings.
The tiny burgers were quite interesting. They were very moist, both from the onions they are cooked on as well as from fat. The bottom bun was quite soggy on all of the burgers, although sometimes the sogginess pattern was uneven. The burgers went down quite easy, seeming so “slide” down my throat. The onions gave them a good flavor not usually found in low end fast food burgers.
Overall, the burgers seem to find an odd combination of deliciousness and utter disgustingness.

Ratings (out of 5):
Facilities and Ambiance : 2
Price: 5
Food Quality : 1 and 4
Overall rating : 3

24 comments
August 12, 2011 10:09 AM - dibs
Could you at least get the Headline spelled correctly???
Edited at August 12, 2011 10:09 AM
#1
August 12, 2011 10:11 AM - BoerumHillScott
I am a horrible writer, and if my Firefox spell check does not correct me, I am lost.
#2
August 12, 2011 10:12 AM - BoerumHillScott
I think it is fixed now.
#3
August 12, 2011 10:26 AM - Bedstuymaven
The soggy bun is part of the process. The put the bottom part bun of the patty while the patty is cooking so the steam from the patty will add flavor to the bun.
Edited at August 12, 2011 10:26 AM
#4
August 12, 2011 10:42 AM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Greasy good on Wednesday???

Man you are a bad writer.
#5
August 12, 2011 10:46 AM - BoerumHillScott
I am a totally shitty writer, and worse proofreader.

I need to make a new policy of having my wife review all of my writing before I post it.

Anyone else want to start writing for this site, so you don't have to read my trash?
#6
August 12, 2011 11:01 AM - wendybear1
Eww. I'm glad I wasn't there! ;-)
Edited at August 12, 2011 11:01 AM
#7
August 12, 2011 11:56 AM - More4Less
what??? no thick shake???
#8
August 12, 2011 11:57 AM - BoerumHillScott
I was not sure how well my stomach would handle the crap I put in it, so I did want to push things with a shake.
It will definitely be on my list for next time.
#9
August 12, 2011 12:01 PM - infinitejester
One Sunday this past winter I ate at the White Castle in Borough Park. I'd also never eaten at one of these places, although I'd had a few frozen sliders from time to time.

It was the saddest meal of my life. The place was like Boulevard of Broken Dreams. The place was shabby, the lighting dim, the food was ridiculous (chicken rings, which I ordered along with three hamburgers). A group of Chinese kids in the corner used the n-word openly even though a young black couple sat two booths away.
#10
August 12, 2011 1:35 PM - petebklyn
just blame the spelling mistakes on indigestion from the food.
however tasty it may seem when have munchies from smoking pot - you will pay for it later.
#11
August 12, 2011 1:39 PM - denton
omigod, this is what you call starting from the bottom. Man, White Castle is the sorriest trashiest place ever. I wouldn't even dignify it by calling it a restaurant. Once you escape from places like this, you try and never go back.
Edited at August 12, 2011 1:39 PM
#12
August 12, 2011 1:48 PM - BoerumHillScott
I think this was the first fast food chain I have eaten at in the last 6 months or more, but every now and then I think you need something greasy and disgusting.

I have certainly had worse fast food, and I would probably eat here again before I step foot in a McDonald's.

I did have a slight stomach ache the next day, but that could have been caused by the cheap Whiskey I had after the White Castle.
#13
August 12, 2011 1:54 PM - petebklyn
there is one closer to you on willoughby off jay street downtown brooklyn
#14
August 12, 2011 1:58 PM - BoerumHillScott
The difference between the two from my place is around a tenth of a mile, and I felt like walking around the arena site to get some pics along the way.

When/if I feel like abusing my stomach again, I'll check out the downtown one.
#15
August 12, 2011 2:32 PM - Deleted
white castle is some bomb-ass shit. love love love it. i haven't been to a real one in ages, but when munchies call my ass is down at duane reade getting the microwaveable frozen ones.
#16
August 12, 2011 2:47 PM - More4Less
white castle is good. not like you paid $10 for the damn thing. too bad it aint a franchise. would love to own one if it was.
#17
August 12, 2011 4:45 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Nice avatar DH.
Edited at August 12, 2011 4:45 PM
#18
August 12, 2011 11:12 PM - Not_Logged_In
Jessibaby. : That was an awesome restaurant review and the comments hit the spot. I'm so fucking pissed. Got fucked over on a brownstone rental in the ghetto. Dumb lying asshole.
#19
August 12, 2011 11:13 PM - Not_Logged_In
Jessibaby.: Yeah, got beat out by token moonfaces.
#20
August 12, 2011 11:22 PM - Deleted
thanks randi. have gotten back into MPP since the Prospect Park show.
#21
August 13, 2011 9:50 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Yeah, got beat out by token moonfaces.

ugh. that sucks jessi. you just gotta wear your best moonface mask in situations like that.

*rob*

#22
August 13, 2011 10:57 AM - More4Less
Guess it's good timing for my ass to be moving back to Manhattan.
#23
August 13, 2011 11:05 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
OMFG i just noticed you put the ketchup ON a burger box!? gah.

*4ob*
#24