Review: White Castle Saver Sacks

Some time ago, a group of my friends decided to have a once-a-month “Culture Night”.  The idea was to broaden our horizons a bit by doing something other than the usual dinner and a movie or hitting the local sports bar.  Our first few excursions ranged from seeing an art  exhibit to attending a ballet.  I guess we all tend to think of “being cultured” as being familiar with high society.  In other words, Culture = Expensive; and broadening your horizons, means only doing so in one direction: up (so to speak).  For whatever reason, this concept of pairing the word culture with caviar, didn’t sit well with me.  So when it was my night to host, I knew right where to go to break this mold.  White Castle.
As we walked in the door, my social experiment went off without a hitch.  White Castle did not disappoint.  We were immediately greeted by a guy who sounded a lot like this: Click here for a excerpt from my conversation.  You see, I’ve always thought of White Castle as more of a societal melting pot than as a fast food restaurant.  You’re often going to see a vast array of what society has to offer:  businessmen in 3-piece suits, drunk college kids (OK, raise your hand if you’ve never been to White Castle sober… good, I’m not the only one), homeless people, and yes, many of us who are scared out of our wits because we’ve spent our lives sheltered from this kind of “culture”.  I think what I like most about White Castle is that they aren’t afraid to be in the worst neighborhoods and they aren’t afraid to serve the least of our people the same way they serve a ballet enthusiast.


I was here to try the A-1 Slider.  I know it’s been out for a while, but I had yet to find the occasion.  Being a big fan of A-1 on my steaks (here come the steak purist comments), I thought it would probably be pretty good on a classic slider.  I was about right.  It was pretty good.  Not great.  Not terrible, but pretty good.  They were judicious with the quantity of A-1 on the diminutive burger.  A fear of mine, going in, was that too much  A-1, given its powerful flavor, can dominate just about anything you use it in or on (BTW, it’s pretty good in a Bloody Mary).  All in all, a little A-1 on a little slider is a little something worth trying at least once.
The Saver Sack came with 3, A-1 Sliders, a saver size (small) fry and drink, all for $2.99. Don’t be confused by the pictures, I also ordered a medium Onion Chips ($1.99) and a 6 piece Chicken Rings ($2.39).  The slider sack only comes with the fries.  I don’t believe you can substitute.
It had been so long since I had been to White Castle, that I couldn’t resist the Chicken Rings and Onion Chips. I know what you’re thinking: Hey, don’t you mean Onion Rings and Chicken Nuggets?  No, White Castle has flipped these standard offerings on their respective heads.  You heard me right:  Chicken Rings and Onion Chips (Nuggets).  The first time I saw Chicken Rings on the menu, I have to admit, I wondered what part of the Chicken they use to make those things, but then again, I suppose one could wonder just as easily where Chicken Nuggets come from.
If you’ve never had the classic slider before, I suggest you try a few straight up before bastardizing them with A-1. They’re like nothing else you’ve ever had before.  They are a tiny, thin burger, with five holes in them, grilled on a bed of onions. The taste is difficult to describe, without also describing the texture, which takes a little getting used to.  If you’ve ever eaten a slice of braunschweiger (liverwurst), you’re halfway there.  Just steam it and put it on a bun and I think you’ll be about as close as you can get. Not something I’d eat every day, but definitely a once-in-a-while must have to make sure you’re still living; still in charge of you’re own destiny; still able to get outside of your normal decision tree (sorry, I just watched The Adjustment Bureau).
The fries are middle of the road by fast food standards, but remind me of when my mom used to bake frozen Ore-Ida fries on a cookie sheet in the oven.  The Chicken Rings, beyond the novelty of their shape, aren’t bad. They have a breading similar to Wendy’s nuggets and a consistency somewhere in between McDonald’s and Wendy’s with McDonald’s being a bit too rubbery and Wendy’s being a bit too mushy.  Sauce options are BBQ, Ranch or Buffalo.  The Onion Chips are my favorite White Castle side. The onion petals are well done and sweet with a classic onion ring style breading and a zesty dipping sauce (I think it’s horseradish based).  There are so many more stories to tell about White Castle, but I’ll save them for another day.  I’d love to hear some of your adventures.

Pros: Saver Sack (3 Sliders, saver size fries and drink)

Taste: Classic Sliders - 8.00, A-1 Sliders - 6.50, Chicken Rings: 7.00, Onion Chips: 8.00
Value: 8.00, Chicken Rings: 6.00, Onion Chips: 7.00
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00, Chicken Rings: 7.00, Onion Chips: 7.00

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50, Chicken Rings: 7.00, Onion Chips: 8.00

Nutrition Facts:
(1 Slider): 140 cal. (+20 cal for A-1), 6 g fat, 360 mg sodium (+230 mg for A-1)
Nutrition Info (saver fry): 350 cal., 24 g fat, 50 mg sodium
Chicken Rings
(6 piece): 530 cal., 47 g fat, 610 mg sodium
Onion Chips
670 cal., 50 g fat, 970 mg sodium

27 comments on “Review: White Castle Saver Sacks

  1. Astrid says:

    Love the part about going to White Castle sober – LOL! I’ve been wanting to go for ages, never having been before. We have a WC in town, not too far away. Now I”m convinced – this weekend it is. I want to try the chicken rings. Thank you

    • Rick says:

      Astrid,

      You have waited long enough, I am taking you to WC. It will be your first time there and my first time there sober – LOL

  2. Chefprotoss or dan says:

    No matter where I have lived in this country, I am never anywhere near a white castle. Are there any in NYC? I’m moving theifre later this year and if the answer is no then I give up. I’ve tried the frozen white castle burgers. They were pretty bad. I have to think the real thing is better.

    • Fah Fah Fah says:

      Does the state of New Jersey count as “close”?

    • Jill says:

      There are various locations in all 5 boroughs. The one in Manhattan proper is located on 8th ave between W.35th & W.36th sts.

    • mitchery says:

      I used to live in Staten Island and there was one located in New Dorp on Hylan Blvd. Umm and the culture fits right in with what Murray was talking about…haha

  3. Tim says:

    I tried White Castle once about 10 years ago. That was one time too many. I still have nightmares.

  4. Matt says:

    I know some people love white castle but I have to say I think it some of the nastiest “food” you could buy.

    Tried it late night in Columbus and I couldn’t even finish my order in my altered state

    To each his own I guess

  5. Sam says:

    Here in Indiana, WC serves a chicken breast filet sandwich. It’s not bad. Real chicken (not shaped and formed) served on a bun with cheese and a pickle. I usually hold the cheese and add mayo. Also, here they offer to dust your fries with seasoned salt.

    • Cool, a state buddy!

      Never had them offer to season my fries. Not that I need it. I always eat my WC fries with a few packets of mayo, alternating with a bit of BBQ sauce.

  6. Hil says:

    I live here in Atlanta and while I’ve never had the opportunity to try a White Castle, we do have Krystal, which is pretty much the same I think. Krystals are the same square size and cooked on onions and mustard is placed on each one. I like mine w/cheese.

  7. Bek says:

    White Castle sober – LOL!

    I miss WHite Castle. We don’t have them on the west coast. Growing up in the midwest, my dad and I would go out for sliders every 6 months. More than that was just overkill.

    The last time I was in NYC, I had to force my party to go to White Castle. It was right there! We had too!

  8. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    Have you ever had Culver’s fries? They have the best crinkle cuts in my opinion. I may be biased though, as I am from Wisconsin.

  9. rob says:

    I prefer Krystals, the restaurants aren’t as foul looking.

  10. @graciHas says:

    I had White Castle for the first time last year in NYC. It was pretty expensive there. The food was okay, but not as good as I was hoping for considering I’m a huge Harold & Kumar fan

  11. TheWarden says:

    You forgot the sweet potato fries! Yes, WC has them too, and they are not bad for a fast food joint.

    Maybe on the next WC review, please?

  12. somesteve says:

    White Castle rules!

  13. Tony jaguar says:

    I really like the frozen ones. But they are spendy

  14. Mikey F says:

    I’ve got a White Castle right down the street from my house. I’ve been eating there for years, albiet only once every few months. Let’s just say my dad calls them ‘Rectum Rockets”.

    Regardless, they’re sliders are good and I can never leave without an order of ONION CHIPS. Some of their other offerings (i.e. “pulled pork”) leave a lot to be desired, but the tried and true options never fail.

  15. Billy says:

    1) Yes, you can get onion rings (more on this in a bit) instead of fries in the saver sacks.
    2) Liver sausage? Really?
    3) The onion chips are a regional thing. Most White Castles have full onion rings — and they’re really thick, steakhouse style.

  16. i shot a man at white castle just to watch him die.

  17. Gottfried Mind says:

    “Culture night” at White Castle?…..

    Maybe you should get out more, and be with the people…..

    Maybe bowling, or fishing at the Dream Pond in your local park?

    If you want to “broaden your horizons”, I’d suggest taking a grill, and 30-40 pounds of ground beef and some buns downtown, and conducting your “social experiment” on some homeless folks that would appreciate your kindness….

    As a bonus, tell them about the ballet you went to……

    Lame post……

    White Castle rocks……

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