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Chain Restaurants

Will White Castle Ever Open and Succeed in Los Angeles or the West Coast???

HoundDogz | May 14, 201101:31 PM     17

Well I should say re-open because they had a WC out in the Valley somewhere back in the '80s and it failed. I don't think that Los Angeles people really like WC. WC just does not fly here. A guy I used to work with said he went to WC, I think out in the Valley in the early '80s and ordered one burger, not knowing they are miniature. When he got it he said he could not stop laughing, nor could his friends. Even when telling the story he was laughing because he thought they are ridiculously small. In all fairness to WC the price is small too so one could buy many of these for a reasonable price to make up for the small size of the burgers. But back then there was no WC Harold and Kumar movie, no WC in the frozen section, no hype about WC so of course my co-worker didn't know that the burgers were gonna be small. Just he and his friends saw the place and went in for "a" burger and was surprised. My co-worker grew up and still lives in Compton. They I don't think ever had a WC there but he had just happen to be in the Valley when he ran into WC.

I was in Kentucky a couple of years ago in Louisville and Lexington. While in Louisville I finally go to try the famous WC burger. Knowing they are small I ordered two of them, a chicken fillet sandwich which the chicken is friend, and a pulled pork sandwich and fries. Fries are normal size. The chicken and the pulled pork as you may imagine was very small just like the burgers. I was not thrilled with the burgers. Not the size, just I have had way better burgers elsewhere. I was impressed by the pulled pork and the chicken sandwich. I only went to WC twice during my week long stay there. I think if I go to KY or another WC state I'll go back and get some more pulled pork and chicken sandwiches. I might try another burger but I don't think they were so good.

I just don't think WC can fly out west then again with the Harold and Kumar movie and many people from other states that WC moving here maybe WC can do better now than it did back in the early '80s. I did e-mail WC and ask if they were gonna ever open out west again and they said no.

By the way I made some WC type of burgers and they turned out tasting like WC. Why did I make them if I don't care for them? 1) My wife is from Chicago so she loves them and 2) I like trying to mimic or copy famous restaurant or fast food specialties just to see if I could do it and I did come pretty close. So if my wife wants WC I can make something close. Hey I also make some garlic noodles very close to the kind at Crustaceans in Beverley Hills.

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