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RE: Sliders reborn 2008/10/24 21:34:30 (permalink)
As for the White Castle/Church's Chicken combo units, around the Detroit area, there are a large number of units that way. My guess is that it is simply a joint marketing venture to help reduce costs for both chains. The White Castle here in Ann Arbor is a WC only franchise, and was actually completely rebuilt a few years ago.

As for the post about remembering White Castle from living in Daytona Beach, I have to ask, when was that? I lived in Florida from 1980 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2007......I don't ever remember there being a WC anywhere in FLorida...only Krystal.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2008/10/24 21:44:42 (permalink)
We had a special month long gamemenu at one place I worked. This was back in 82. One item was pan fried buffalo ssliders. Back in Denver in the 80s a number of place ran sliders as apps. Same as now in platters of 3 or more. It died for a bit and is coming back.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2008/10/24 21:52:15 (permalink)
This thread needs photos! Here are some mini beef tenderloins at Jack O'Connor's Public House in Excelsior, MN.

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RE: Sliders reborn 2008/10/29 06:16:10 (permalink)
For what it's worth, the "slider" trend started popping up in the restaurant trade magazines probably about 4 or 5 years ago. Usually they are made with more upscale ingredients, and bear little resemblance to the traditional White Castle type "slider".

My personal opinion is that this trend is on the downswing. Once everyone offers some sort of "slider" dish, the uniqueness is lost. White Castle and Krystal will still sell their products, but I think you'll see most of the major chains move away from the "slider" fad. I do think you will see a continuing of the trend to package multiple smaller "main" dishes for one price, like you've seen with places offering three types of "sliders" on one plate. I think many restaurant patrons like to try several different flavor profiles at one sitting, rather than stick to a standard meal format.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2008/10/29 07:50:47 (permalink)
I agree that the "sliders" are probably a trend that will pass in most restaurants, especially as appetizers. Appetizers change like the wind. Think back to what was trendy last year, and it's changed this year. Re Krystal's, they only thing I notice different is that they have mustard and the bread is a little different. I like them both and when we drive to Florida we always stop for a sack in the middle of the night.

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RE: Sliders reborn 2008/10/29 08:15:17 (permalink)
I think sliders will be on many chain restaurant menus for years. They have gained in popularity like the wrap and panini did years ago. Both of those are still around. Of course there will only be one true slyder and it's white castle.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2008/11/08 17:28:22 (permalink)
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Originally posted by A2Mich

As for the White Castle/Church's Chicken combo units, around the Detroit area, there are a large number of units that way. My guess is that it is simply a joint marketing venture to help reduce costs for both chains. The White Castle here in Ann Arbor is a WC only franchise, and was actually completely rebuilt a few years ago.

As for the post about remembering White Castle from living in Daytona Beach, I have to ask, when was that? I lived in Florida from 1980 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2007......I don't ever remember there being a WC anywhere in FLorida...only Krystal.


I lived in Fl. from 1966 until 1991. I don't recall ever seeing a WC either. Krystal, yes, but not WC. I do vaguely remember Royal Castle. My daddy use to take me there on Saturdays when I was a kid.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2009/01/29 13:14:11 (permalink)
I just had diiner at TGIFriday, the first time i had been there in over 5 years. The menu featured Guy Fieti and had Sliders all over the menu. They even had chicken parm sliders. I will say that that I was pleasntly surprised by the Slider Sampler I had. 4 sliders with cheddar & bacon. The patties were nicely crusted and the buns were of good quality. i mixed up a little A1-Mayo-Mustard concoction for dipping and went to town. On the down side their fried BBQ pork raviolis were way off the mark. they looked great, but tasted foul.  bkk
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RE: Sliders reborn 2009/01/29 13:33:52 (permalink)
Mustard on a White Castle burger?????????????     Horrible thought!!!!!!!
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RE: Sliders reborn 2009/01/29 13:36:46 (permalink)
These weren't official WC sliders. Just in name.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2009/01/29 13:56:22 (permalink)
A2Mich

OK..first post here. According to the respective websites, both White Castle and Krystal have a location in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Trying to remember from when I lived in Florida, but I don't recall Krystals being steamed over the onions like WC. I thought that Krystals were simply fried on the flat top grill, but I could be wrong. I've found that for the most part, WC seem to be more moist (or greasy), and I feel that WCs taste better than Krystal, but that's my opinion. Here in Michigan, WCs come with onion and pickles only, though you can request mustard and ketchup, if you prefer. Though I normally like mustard and ketchup on a burger, adding either one to a WC slider is like sacrilege....I remember them in the Chicago area in the 70's with onion and pickle only, so like them the same way now, as a purist sort-of thing. Maybe if somebody is driving through Bowling Green, KY and gets REALLY hungry, maybe they could stop at Krystal and White Castle both and let us know the true difference.


Krystals are steamed on the grill, that's why my boyfriend won't eat them, says they're too soggy.  They have onions, mustard and pickle.  I've never seen a WC down this way(another poster) and I 've lived here 40 some odd years, my Grandmother and other relatives lived in the Daytona Beaach area so I was there quit often, never saw one.  We did have a Royal Castle years ago here right off the I-75 and Williston Road exit, it's been gone for many years.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2009/02/27 08:12:03 (permalink)
A2Mich wrote:
As for the post about remembering White Castle from living in Daytona Beach, I have to ask, when was that? I lived in Florida from 1980 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2007......I don't ever remember there being a WC anywhere in FLorida...only Krystal.
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I lived in Miami in the early 60s and there was a WC a few miles from our house (N. Miami Bch.).
I believe there were several around town. Here's a pic of one.



Miami was full of Royal Castles. Their sliders were maybe a bit sweeter...real good though. Last I read Royal Castles are extinct...except for maybe 1 or 2.





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Re:Sliders reborn 2009/02/28 21:35:25 (permalink)
A new burger place on Howell Mill road in Atlanta opened recently. Flip is a gourmet burger restaurant that features slider style burgers with many variations including the southern style which is a fried burger with pimento cheese, there is a Kobe beef burger, and many more. The menu was designed by former Top Chef contestant Richard Blaise.
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Re:Sliders reborn 2009/03/12 14:27:09 (permalink)
I grew up eating Krystal burgers in East Tennessee. but I have had White Castles when in the northern states.  They're very similar, but I prefer Krystal burgers with mustard and pickles, which is standard.  Last year, I had a very unique slider in Sacramento, CA - it was at Guy Fieri's (he pronounces it "Fietti" on Food Network) restaurant, Tex Wasabi.  They were "southern style" pulled pork bbq with cole slaw served with fries.  They were quite good!

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RE: Sliders reborn 2009/03/12 15:26:44 (permalink)
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Mustard on a White Castle burger?????????????     Horrible thought!!!!!!!

I always order my Castles with mustard -- and no pickles.


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RE: Sliders reborn 2010/02/21 20:20:21 (permalink)
I love sliders! I've eaten at both White Castle & Krystal's, and the differences are mostly minor, to me.

Now, when I grill burgers at home or in tailgating, I always make sliders. It just seems more fun to eat four little sliders, than one huge burger. Not to mention, they cook much quicker...
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RE: Sliders reborn 2010/03/20 12:29:11 (permalink)
having had both Wc and Krystals over the years. I would have to pick WC over Krystals. I believe its mostly in the bread. My wife says the same. Krystals seems to have way more bread to it. Also WC blends into a melted cloud when you take it out of the box. The bread is soft and moist. Like the rest of it.
   Does KRystal put there buns on the grill over the meat like WC? Krystals each time we get it, seems to add the meat to the buns with out steaming the bread.
   I find 99% of the places who added sliders as part of the last few years fad, are way behind any real slider place like WC or my favorite slider places. Crabills, and hickies.
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RE: Sliders reborn 2010/03/25 18:22:34 (permalink)
Matchbox Pizza in DC has some good sliders...loved the sliders...hated the pizza...wierd huh


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