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A BURGER AND THOU, White Castle Lovers Enjoy Valentine's Day by the Sackful
Star Ledger ^ | 02.15.06 | PETER GENOVESE

Posted on 02/16/2006 6:08:22 PM PST by Coleus

"When I had my wisdom teeth pulled out," family friend Joseph Pignatore was saying, "my brother-in-law said, 'We should take a ride to White Castle.' I basically gummed the burger while soda was dribbling down my mouth."

Yesterday, Pignatore, all teeth in place, could enjoy his sack of Slyders in peace at the White Castle on Stelton Road in South Plainfield. The Hillsborough resident, along with his wife, Joanne, and son, Matthew, were among thousands of people nationwide who enjoyed Valentine's Day, White Castle style.

Participating White Castles, including six of the 24 in New Jersey, invited couples to a candlelit dinner of Slyders, Chicken Rings, Fish Nibblers or whatever else on the regular menu their fast-food- loving hearts desired. You could even order the Sweetheart Special -- 10 Slyders, two orders of fries and two drinks.

"Make Your Valentine's Day Steamy!" was White Castle's pitch.

"I figured this was the most romantic place to take my girlfriend," said Joseph Geiger of Stewartsville, splitting 10 Slyders with Paloma Kelly of Butler. "Instead of a big expensive dinner, I'm treating her to a couple steamed burgers."

Love was in the air, and grease was the word. At the South Plainfield White Castle, there was not a Slyder novice in the bunch.

"I grew up with White Castle," Geiger said. "I came here when I was a student at Rutgers. It was the only place open at 4 a.m. You'd get a sack of 10, go back to your room." Carl Minue of the Iselin section of Woodbridge is not normally allowed by his wife to frequent fast-food places, but she relaxed the restriction for one night. "We've had many arguments over health issues," Joanne Minue confided. "I really love him and I would really hate to see him go." Which

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TOPICS: Food; Local News
KEYWORDS: hamburgers; murderburgers; newjersey; nj; purebeef; sliders; southplainfield; valentinesday; whitecastle
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just love those sliders and after an hour don't stand behind the firing line.
1 posted on 02/16/2006 6:08:25 PM PST by Coleus
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To: Coleus

I love WHite Castles, but pay for it the next day!


2 posted on 02/16/2006 6:12:24 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Coleus

Krystals is the closest thing to White Castle in Dallas. Close...but not quite the same thing.


3 posted on 02/16/2006 6:13:40 PM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: Coleus

I love belly bombers...I wish we had one near us..


4 posted on 02/16/2006 6:14:19 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife.....toughest job in the military)
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To: Coleus

Krystal here! Makes me hungry thinking about them little burgers!


5 posted on 02/16/2006 6:14:37 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude
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To: Coleus
When I was a kid in North Georgia, there was a chain called "Krystal" (yes, with a K).

They had hamburgers for 5 cents. Small, just a patty on a dinner-roll, but I could eat a dozen.

6 posted on 02/16/2006 6:15:16 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Coleus

This stuff is so bad for you...


7 posted on 02/16/2006 6:15:32 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Echo Talon
What about Whataburger? I thought that was a joke until I had to go to Louisiana. I wonder if Whataburger is the model for Burgerwold on Beavis and Butthead.
8 posted on 02/16/2006 6:16:18 PM PST by Perdogg (I'd rather go hunting with Cheney, than riding in Ted Kennedy's car)
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I like White Castle too, but even I'm not cheap enough to make it a Valentine date (and I'm pretty cheap).

I craved White Castles when I lived in Texas. Now that I'm back in Michigan surrounded by WC's, I only go once a month or so, and even then I prefer the cheese sticks and clam strips.

Now I miss Whataburgers.


9 posted on 02/16/2006 6:17:07 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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"Krystals is the closest thing to White Castle in Dallas."

We just had one open in San Antonio - took The Wife (who grew up in White Castle Country [Detroit]) there on Val's Day.

Mustard on the Krystals (slyder equivalents) is a nice touch.
10 posted on 02/16/2006 6:17:19 PM PST by decal (Whoever said you can't fool all the people all the time has never visited DU...)
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To: Coleus

i get 3 whities and a fish with cheese every morning for breakfast on the way to play golf.
bloody mary's are optional!


11 posted on 02/16/2006 6:17:34 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (vampires stole my lunch money !)
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To: billorites

Not acording to White Castle: http://www.whitecastle.com/_pages/nutrition.asp


12 posted on 02/16/2006 6:19:15 PM PST by Mulch (tm)
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To: Coleus

DH was recently in the Twin Cities, helping his brother move into a new home. He brought back a case of those things, and after ingesting a few, then waking up in the middle of the night DYING of thirst, I remembered what evil, salty gut-bombs they are, LOL!

I do not understand it, myself. *Scratches Head*

Maybe I'm spoiled? I grew up in Milwaukee, so I'm a "George Webb" Girl.

Either way, my tasebuds have been ruined, LOL!


13 posted on 02/16/2006 6:20:46 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Larry Lucido

While we are talking about hamburgers. We went to L.A. this summer and my cousin kept talking about going to In and Out Burger. We finally stoped by one,its awesome! I can't wait for them to expand to Georgia!


14 posted on 02/16/2006 6:24:48 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude
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To: Coleus

I read that some couples recently got married at White Castle. I've never been, but someone I knew called their burgers "bat barf on a bun."


15 posted on 02/16/2006 6:30:19 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm currently debating a big-time peace activist. I'll post it, so ping/mail me to read it when I do)
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To: SunkenCiv; Lil'freeper

now here's some food that's good for you.


16 posted on 02/16/2006 6:41:38 PM PST by Coleus (IMHO, The IVF procedure is immoral & kills many embryos/children and should be outlawed)
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I have an old college roommate that probably took advantage of that deal. This guy lived on White Castle, as did we all. But, because of his size (6'5" and 240 lbs) his alimentary tract was, shall I say, accelerated. This boy could "process" 20 White Castles in a short 4 hour period. Oh yes, he could eat 20 in a setting. His usual number was 21, I asked him once, why an odd number like 21, his reply: "20 isn't enough and 22 would be too many". I stopped questioning after that. You have to admire a man that knows, exactly, his limits.

After Larry's White Castle adventures in nutrition the dorm room would become a gas chamber, with me in it. The whole dorm would have the aroma of a New York sewer. And the sounds....tubas and trombones is all I could think of. The little gut busters effect me the same way but I was a bit more genteel than my buddy Larry. I, at least, went to the bathroom to play the White Castle melody, and lit a cigarette.

I forgot to mention the large quantities of cheap beer that Larry consumed with the WC buffet. Fuel to the fire, as it were.

One last story about the White Castle. The one nearest the Medical School campus in Indianapolis always had the obligatory panhandler around it. He had the cardboard sign and all. One night we stopped there to get some slyders and I took pity on the old fellow. I asked him if I he wanted me to buy him a sack full. He replied, "could ya just give me 5 bucks, those things give me the sh!ts". I gave him the 5 with tears of laughter in my eyes.

How many stories has White Castle generated over the decades?

17 posted on 02/16/2006 6:44:25 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: Perdogg

I never tried whataburger... hmm now you have me interested. :) theirs also a couple burger places on the west coast that i heard are pretty good that i never had.


18 posted on 02/16/2006 6:53:12 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: 537cant be wrong

I like White Castles sausage and egg sandwiches oh man they are good!


19 posted on 02/16/2006 6:54:29 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Echo Talon

man i'm getting stiffed here in St. Louis.
we do not get a breakfast samitch here just the standard
fair.
i would love to try a white castle breakfast sandwich.
i am jealous. how many states do i have to cross to try one?


20 posted on 02/16/2006 7:08:55 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (vampires stole my lunch money !)
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