10 Weird Facts About White Castle

White Castle has the distinction of being one of the original fast-food chains, with its first location cropping up in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921.

It Claims the Title of "Original Slider"

Locations were thus designed with stainless-steel interiors, and staff uniforms had to always be crisp and clean, to assuage hesitation as soon as customers walked in the door.

Cleanliness Was Key in the Early Days

An employee at a Cincinnati location reportedly recommended putting holes in the patties so they can cook easier without flipping in 1954, which is why White Castle sliders have five holes to this day.

White Castle Is a Square Patty Pioneer

White Castle sliders are cooked from frozen patties with the previously-mentioned holes, atop a bed of onions and water that steams them.

Their Mouth-Watering Original Cooking Method

The restaurant ran its own internal employee magazine, the White Castle Official House Organ (originally dubbed The Hot Hamburger) in 1925 and continued for decades until the 90s.

White Castle Had Its Own Magazine

White Castle sliders are cooked from frozen patties with the previously-mentioned holes, atop a bed of onions and water that steams them.

Their Mouth-Watering Original Cooking Method

The restaurant ran its own internal employee magazine, the White Castle Official House Organ (originally dubbed The Hot Hamburger) in 1925 and continued for decades until the 90s.

White Castle Had Its Own Magazine

A ton of restaurants tried to emulate White Castle's distinctive style and put their own plays on the name, causing some customer confusion.

Imitators Popped Up All Over the U.S.

The stoner buddy comedy Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle starred John Cho and Kal Penn as two friends on an epic quest for some fast food, but White Castle wasn't in the original story.

White Castle Was a Backup Location for 'Harold & Kumar'

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