White Castle Secret MenuWhat started as a little white “castle” in Wichita, Kansas turned into what is known as America’s first fast-food hamburger chain. Founders Walt Anderson and Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram chose the name White Castle because white signifies cleanliness and purity, and a castle signifies strength, stability, and permanence.

Anderson had been making burgers since 1916. In fact, many people believe his were the first hamburgers as we know them today. He pressed ground meat into a patty, punched holes in the top to let the aroma come through, and grilled the patty with onions and pickles on top. He then placed the burger on a dinner roll bun to absorb the juice.

Often referred to as sliders, gut bombs, Whiteys, roach burgers, belly busters, and castles, these delicious burgers were just five cents until the 1940s when the price rose to ten. Since then, White Castle’s menu has expanded, including a lesser-known secret menu.

Secret Menu Item #1: Loaded Fries

White Castle’s loaded fries are piled high with bacon, ranch, cheese sauce, and optional tomatoes. A mouth-watering mountain of goodness in every gooey bite.loaded frieswhite-castle-loaded-fries

Secret Menu Item #2: Valentine’s Day Special

White Castle may not be everyone’s first choice for Valentine’s Dinner, but you can’t go wrong if you have a significant other who’s a die-hard White Castle fan!

White Castle has a Valentine’s Day special every year. In 2014, nearly 4,000 people dined there for a romantic evening. The Valentine’s menu includes 10 sliders, two 21-ounce sodas, and French fries for under $15. Restaurants are decorated for the holiday with candles and hearts, and you can ask the staff to upload a photo of your romantic dinner to the White Castle website.valentine-s-day-special-foods

Secret Menu Item #3: Harold and Kumar’s Order

In 2004, Harold and Kumar went to the White Castle. The stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle follows two men who get the munchies and embark on a quest for White Castle burgers. Their shenanigans take them through a gang of extreme sports punks, a raccoon with an attitude, a group of nerds, a racist police department, a cheetah that escaped from the zoo, and other out-of-control problems.

After the movie grew popular, people started ordering “Harold and Kumar’s order.” Harold ordered 30 sliders, five French fries, and four large cherry Cokes. Kumar ordered the same, except he wanted Diet Coke.

The next time you’re at White Castle, just say you want Harold and Kumar’s order, and this is what you’ll get. Bring antacids.white-castle-harold-kumar

Secret Menu Item #4: Meat-Free Cheese Slider

If your friends want to go to White Castle, but you’re on a diet, no worries. If you are a vegetarian, again, no worries. You can order a meat-free cheese slider off the secret menu. It is simply a slice of cheese melted in between the delicious doughy White Castle bun. If that sounds dull, ask for marinara sauce.

The “burger” and sauce come in just under 120 calories, so feel free to have a couple of fries on the side.white-castle-meat-free

Secret Menu Item #5: Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon Sauce

You probably know that sweet potatoes are healthier than regular potatoes, so ask for these fries off the secret menu, and you’ll feel a little better. They’re still fried though, so you aren’t completely off the hook. The sweet potato fries come with a cinnamon sauce that makes for a sweet and salty snack.white-castle-sweet-potato

Secret Menu Item #6: Surf N’ Turf Sliders with Cheese

Combining the best of land and sea, White Castle’s Surf N’ Turf sliders layer beef, cheese, and fried fish between several layers of bread.surf turf

Secret Menu Item #7: Bacon Crumbles

Bacon is good on everything. White Castle must agree, because you can order bacon crumbles on anything you’d like. Try them on your sliders or your fries. You can even top your ice cream with bacon.bacon-crumbles

To Conclude

White Castle claims many firsts: the first burger chain, the first slider, the first to sell a million burgers, then the first to sell a billion burgers, and the first to sell its frozen burgers in supermarkets nationwide.

If you haven’t tried White Castle, it’s definitely worth the pilgrimage. Try the regular menu and throw in a few secret menu items. One thing’s for certain: you won’t be able to eat “just one” of anything.

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