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January 27th, 2015 at 4:59:28 PM permalink
Being in line at a White Castle was always part of the experience, especially after the bars let out. However, if this one's set up like the old-timey ones, they have a very short menu, and a conveyor-belt approach to make sliders in bulk, so the line should move surprisingly fast.
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January 27th, 2015 at 7:06:30 PM permalink
http://www.lasvegassun.com/photos/galleries/2015/jan/27/white_castle_grand_opening/#/0
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January 27th, 2015 at 7:29:05 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

Being in line at a White Castle was always part of the experience, especially after the bars let out.



...Is that an endorsement or a threat? XD

Checking in about an hour ago, at least the line is inside the building now.

Edit: Oh god, no, it isn't. It's still halfway down the alley. They just broke the line into segments to avoid blocking traffic.
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January 28th, 2015 at 2:06:32 AM permalink
I showed up to WC but gave up after there was a line going outside the casino, then another line from outside the door to the corner street, then another line from the corner street to the end. I am not one to give up on food but I had to go to Ellis Island instead.
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January 28th, 2015 at 2:14:38 AM permalink
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I showed up to WC but gave up after there was a line going outside the casino, then another line from outside the door to the corner street, then another line from the corner street to the end. I am not one to give up on food but I had to go to Ellis Island instead.



They have a delicious IPA at EI.


I told you white castle is bad.

Time to eat Del Taco fish tacos. Last time those assholes put the lime INSIDE the taco. I drunkenly didn't notice (well wouldn't have sober, either). Long story short I'm about halfway through this heavenly taco when I realize there's half a slice of lime in my taco and I already bit and swallowed the other half. Was thinking that last bite sure had a lot of Rhine and tasted kinda limey. Those things got a weird texture, too. Hope it doesn't happen this time. Wish me luck.
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January 28th, 2015 at 3:28:07 AM permalink
Wow I never would've guessed that the opening of a white castle here would be that big of deal.
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January 28th, 2015 at 4:19:07 AM permalink
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http://www.lasvegassun.com/photos/galleries/2015/jan/27/white_castle_grand_opening/#/0



Well, I'm disappointed. If you look at pics 6-8, they have a "small" work kitchen and are doing it the hard, labor-intensive way that's going to take much longer. She could only cook about 20 sliders at a time the way it looks there, and that's less than 1 family's order.

In Minneapolis, (though it was about 20 years ago I was last there; could have changed, but the place was built in the 50's), the White Castle had a long, glass-fronted belt-moving grill, with big deep fryers against the wall behind. As people ordered their sliders, the meat got loaded on one end and went thru heat elements above and below, a middle person put bun tops on the meat and bottoms (pre-loaded with chopped onion) on the belt as it continued to cook in steamed heat under another set of hoods, and the person at the end had pre-opened boxes to flip the sliders into. Behind that line, the fryers kept going with fries coming up. The line paralleled the long kitchen, which was open to the dining area, and you ordered at one end, then kind of walked with your food, which took less than 3 minutes. At the far end there was a drink pourer (fountain soft drinks only), and then the cashier totaled up your tab and handed you bags of hot, fresh food.

It was a big deal when they agreed to offer cheese on the sliders. They sold one meal, and sold it all day and all night long. You wanted condiments other than onions, go over to the condiment bar and get them yourself. You didn't want onions, you could pick them off. You wanted something besides sliders, fries, and a coke? Well, there's the McD's down the street....

Sliders then were 39 cents, or 3/1.00, and that was 1993. (I'm kind of blown away by the Vegas pricing; talk about a concession fee!) When I lived there in the early 80's, sliders were 19 cents each. So you saw a whole lot of poor people, homeless, bar crowd, anybody looking for cheap eats. The line was always long, but always moving. And the people watching was priceless.
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January 28th, 2015 at 6:03:01 AM permalink
Quote: djatc

I showed up to WC but gave up after there was a line going outside the casino, then another line from outside the door to the corner street, then another line from the corner street to the end. I am not one to give up on food but I had to go to Ellis Island instead.



You didn't settle for the $1.99 Hot Dog instead??
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January 28th, 2015 at 10:05:32 AM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

Quote: DRich

http://www.lasvegassun.com/photos/galleries/2015/jan/27/white_castle_grand_opening/#/0


Well, I'm disappointed. If you look at pics 6-8, they have a "small" work kitchen and are doing it the hard, labor-intensive way that's going to take much longer. She could only cook about 20 sliders at a time the way it looks there, and that's less than 1 family's order.

In Minneapolis, the White Castle had a long, glass-fronted belt-moving grill, with big deep fryers against the wall behind. As people ordered their sliders, the meat got loaded on one end and went thru heat elements above and below, a middle person put bun tops on the meat and bottoms (pre-loaded with chopped onion) on the belt as it continued to cook in steamed heat under another set of hoods, and the person at the end had pre-opened boxes to flip the sliders into. Behind that line, the fryers kept going with fries coming up. The line paralleled the long kitchen, which was open to the dining area, and you ordered at one end, then kind of walked with your food, which took less than 3 minutes. At the far end there was a drink pourer (fountain soft drinks only), and then the cashier totaled up your tab and handed you bags of hot, fresh food.


I've never seen the conveyor system you described. All the WCs in the NY/NJ area that I've seen have the griddle system as pictured in the Vegas opening shots you mentioned.

HOWEVER, they all have multiple cook stations, and each cook station has two of those griddles. The counter is designed so it's easy to watch the cooking process. Somewhat fascinating too, particularly for kids.

In honor of this thread (or maybe because of it), I had lunch at WC today. While there, I asked and was told the griddle can cook 30 sliders simultaneously. Looking again, they are also doing 30 at a time in LV. But I bet they have more than the typical three cook stations!
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January 28th, 2015 at 10:26:09 AM permalink
Quote: Boz

You didn't settle for the $1.99 Hot Dog instead??



There's been a price hike on that too-- the first number was definitely a 2. I'll check the exact number when I go try WC-- I mean, stare at the line and give up.

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