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The new castle in town: is Orlando’s brand new burger joint worth a visit?

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The battle between kingdoms in central Florida has created a new castle that can rival Cinderella Castle and Hogwarts … and it’s probably not what you’d expect. Only five months after the groundbreaking white lock has joined the ranks of restaurants vying for Orlando tourist dollars … The question is what makes this fast food unique and why in the world it attracts attention that rivals the Orlando theme parks and through traffic that Chick-fil would leave -A stunned? Here’s our one-page introduction to White Castle and its return to the Sunshine State …

Story on the grill

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The first White Castle, envisioned by chef Walt Anderson and real estate agent Billy Ingram, opened in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921 (just three months earlier and a day’s drive from Kansas City, which happened to be just where Walt Disney’s first cartoon studio debuted .) In the early 20th century, many Americans distrusted ground beef thanks to Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle, which exposed unsanitary practices in the meat packaging industry. White Castle is characterized by an elegant interior made of flawless stainless steel, glossy white enamel tiles and pressed white uniforms.

But White Castle’s greatest innovation has to be… the “slider”. Yes, White Castle is believed to be the first to use the term “slider” and immortalize the restaurant’s unique steam-grilling burgers on miniature buns forever. Their 2 by 2 inch square beef patties are thinly pressed. cut square then steam grilled on a bed of chopped onions.

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While the onions “sweat” on the grill, they cook and absorb steam in the thin patties and evaporate through a distinct (and patented!) Five-hole punch in the burger. Real American cheese and a sliced ​​bun on site come last, creating a one-of-a-kind snack that you probably won’t want just one of. (The “standard” combination consists of four sliders, french fries and a drink for about $ 5. The largest is a “palette” of 6,920 sliders for over $ 6,000. No, really …)

100 years after it opened, the White Castle menu is still family-owned and features crispy chicken sliders, chicken rings, sloppy joe sliders, impossible sliders and breakfast sliders with mini waffles. The chain gained international attention thanks to the 2004 film, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, about the comical mishaps of two stoners on their way to a 24/7 nightly snack.

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About 400 locations are scattered across the Midwest and Northeast (with a more widespread freezer gear business), but it’s been a long time since Floridians had a fresh, grilled White Castle slider … until now …

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Despite the expansion of the Midwest, White Castle operated locations in Florida. When co-founder Billy Ingram retired to Miami in 1958, he brought three White Castles with him. However, all three were closed in the late 1960s, allegedly due to supply chain problems for the remote restaurants. Despite the long length of time on the sliders, migrating memories from the Midwest and Miami have sparked a slew of petitions and Facebook groups that are dying to invite White Castle back to the Sunshine State.

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And in November 2020 it happened. CEO Lisa Ingram announced that White Castle will open its largest location in the new retail development, The Village at O-Town West, just off I-4, about halfway between Disney Springs and SeaWorld. This super-large (but still incredibly compact 4,567 square meter) White Castle will open on May 3, 2021 and will undoubtedly be a must-see for foodies, bloggers, locals, and tourists in Central Florida …

For thousands of visitors to Orlando attractions, the question is simple: is White Castle worth the most limited visit outside of the property? While there will undoubtedly be mind-blowing crowds, limited hours, and minimum order quantities for the first few days, weeks, and even months, rest assured: if you’re a fast food junkie or burger aficionado, it’s definitely worth getting one To get a foretaste of what TIME Magazine declared as the “most influential burger of all time”. The sliders you get may not look as nice as the ones on the menu … but they are sure to taste just as good.

We have just two pieces of advice: if you’re joining the legion of locals, burger fans, and even theme park bloggers looking to descend on the newest castle in Orlando on May 3rd, bring your patience (even a double pass can only work that way a lot) and your appetite (on opening day, orders are limited to 60 sliders). At least in the first few weeks, the restaurant will adhere to an operating schedule from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. After all, Orlando’s White Castle will be like the others: open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And frankly, no other castle in central Florida can say that …

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Janet Smith