There’s A Lunch.

Normally this is a commercial-free blog, but when White Castle parked a food truck near where I work and started giving away free lunches I couldn’t resist writing about it. I could have resisted taking the free lunch, but I will say their version of the impossible slider is pretty convincing, although it’s also small enough that two bites later you wonder if it was all a dream.

The timing for this, of course, couldn’t be better, because White Castle prompts what is, admittedly, one of the least funny audience participation lines in The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

AUDIENCE: WHAT’S WHITE AND SELLS HAMBURGERS?

BRAD MAJORS: Didn’t we pass a castle just up the road?

However it’s soon followed by one of the funniest audience participation lines:

JANET WEISS: I’m coming with you!

AUDIENCE: FOR A CHANGE!

JANET WEISS: Besides, darling, the owner of that castle might be a beautiful woman—

AUDIENCE: HE IS!

Anyway an added bonus is that employees were driving bicycle rickshaws around the area and I couldn’t resist going for a spin in one. I asked the guy driving my rickshaw if he remembered that line from The Rocky Horror Picture Show—he did—and found out his name was also Chris. That was my chance to repeat the joke that in my high school there were so many of us that yelling “Hey Chris!” in the hall was like going to a Cure concert and yelling, “Hey, you in the black!”

Please tip your driver.

Chris and I also talked about a story I’d just heard about the decline of the name “Nigel” in Britain which has prompted a pub owner to hold “Nigel Nights” where anyone named Nigel gets a free pint. That sounds like a pretty sweet deal too–one that goes to eleven, but that’s another story.

Something tasteless in a rickshaw. Also White Castle food!

Chris was a really nice guy, at least he laughed at all my jokes, so maybe the word I’m really looking for here is “polite”, and he had a beard that could have made him an honorary member of ZZ Top. So it wouldn’t surprise me if someone commented that they saw me riding around with some beautiful blonde.

14 Comments

  1. The Huntress915

    Your so lucky, White Castle went to give out free lunch at your work! Okay near your work, but at least you have a White Castle near by. There are no White Castle’s in Texas, none, zip, zero, nada! That is a sad, sad thing my friend. The closest I can get to eating White Castle is buying them frozen from Albertson’s (which I do often) but I’m sure there’s nothing like eating them right off the truck…..ahem grill, lol.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It was so strange and fun that they just showed up. Hopefully they’ll come around to your neck of the woods some time, although I really thought White Castle was everywhere. I know some people prefer Krystal. Anyway I had no idea you could get frozen White Castle burgers from Albertson’s. Also I think they should pay me for all this advertising.

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  2. Allison

    My husband prefers White Castle, I prefer Krystal. Even though I got the worst food poisoning of my life from Krystal.

    Once upon a time, in a school skit, I played Janet. It might have been a stretch, even then. But I loved it.

    Basically, it was an intro into a large group doing the Time Warp. Good times, y’all.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Having tried both now–honestly, I don’t think I’d ever had a White Castle burger until last week–I have to side with your husband. But then it’s also been years since I last had a Krystal burger, and they haven’t shown up giving away free lunches near me lately.
      And I don’t think it was a stretch for you to play Janet. I bet you were brilliant. Ah, that takes me back to all those nights at the Franklin Theater.

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  3. BarbaraM

    Just read that all the White Castles are company owned (no franchises), along with the bakeries and meat plants, which is why they aren’t all over the place (none in Florida either). I’ve also only had the grocery store frozen variety – mostly to cover the ‘midnight munchies’. Would like to know if there’s a significant difference in taste between fresh and frozen.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Since there’s a White Castle near me I could conceivably put together a taste test but…well, it’s not often that I get the midnight munchies, or if I do it’s because I’m out somewhere where better food is available. Although I have to admit White Castle’s chicken rings were, er, interesting.

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  4. Arionis

    I’m just going to leave this right here…

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      That is much appreciated, but which Chris was the sharp-dressed man? Never mind–it’s the one who was driving the rickshaw bike. He had the cool t-shirt.

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  5. Alien Resort

    Can’t beat free White Castle. At one time I could eat 20 of them.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      If they’d been giving away that many I might have eaten twenty White Castle burgers right there, but they were limited to two per person. Still I felt more than compensated by the pedicab ride.

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  6. Kristine Laco

    As a White Castle virgin, I’m going to plead ignorance (None in Toronto that I know of). But, as a fan of Rocky Horror, I love this Riff Raff. What a voice! I’d scream Bator to his Master anytime.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m pretty sure Tim Horton’s has better food than White Castle, even if that is damning with faint praise. Anyway I like it that you appreciate that the driver is your new commander, and soon you’ll both do the Time Warp again.

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  7. Ann Koplow

    What’s white and writes great blog posts, Chris?

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I appreciate you bringing some color to this blog, and reminding me to get that spare tire fixed.

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