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White Hut

280 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA - (413) 736-9390
Posted By Stephen Rushmore on 4/27/2005 10:58:00 PM
When traveling on Interstate 91 through Springfield, MA be sure to stop at the quickest hot dog and burger joint off the highway. The White Hut’s setup ensures a fast and fresh eating experience. The small counter hosts a dozen stools and nearby is a metallic kitchen table to supplement the overage to customers who wish to eat while standing. A friendly sign posted above the counter also reminds people not to read newspapers between 12-2 PM to keep the flow moving. Count on being off and on the highway in 20 minutes flat.

To order, just take a look at the sizzling griddle behind the counter: decide if you fancy a burger or a hot dog and then let the staff know your topping preferences. Don’t look for a menu because the White Hut only servers burgers, dogs and fries. The classic is a cheeseburger (or two) with grilled onions—and if you order a hamburger, the staff will always ask if “you want cheese on that.”

The hamburger is a small, thin and juicy patty served on a butter toasted bun. Be sure to order a cheeseburger with cooked onions. The sweet and soft onions are cooked slowly in a large heap and seem to melt into anything they touch. Combine that with melted cheese and you have a gooey sandwich in your hands. The hotdogs are initially fried and then grilled for a few minutes before served on a New England style buttered bun.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Heaps of caramelized onions make White Hut burgers especially flavorful.
"Heaps of caramelized onions make White Hut burgers especially flavorful."
Michael Stern





From its perfectly grilled bun to the subtle snap in each bite, this hot dog should not be overshadowed by its excellent cousin, the cheeseburger.
"From its perfectly grilled bun to the subtle snap in each bite, this hot dog should not be overshadowed by its excellent cousin, the cheeseburger."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Grill with Burgers and Onions
"Grill with Burgers and Onions"
Stephen Rushmore


The split bun is a New England tradition.  The White Hut toasts the outside until it is lusciously crisp.
"The split bun is a New England tradition. The White Hut toasts the outside until it is lusciously crisp."
Michael Stern


Note how the cheeseburgers are topped with onions from the pile in the background as they cook.  That way, sweet onion juices are infused into the cheese.
"Note how the cheeseburgers are topped with onions from the pile in the background as they cook. That way, sweet onion juices are infused into the cheese."
Michael Stern


These fries are ultra-crispy, and the White Hut even carries their own bottled water if you don’t care for the venerable Stewart’s soda line.
"These fries are ultra-crispy, and the White Hut even carries their own bottled water if you don’t care for the venerable Stewart’s soda line."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The hot dog in the foreground is on one of the surfaces where White Hut customers stand to eat.  In the background, stool-sitters can observe the grill man at work.
"The hot dog in the foreground is on one of the surfaces where White Hut customers stand to eat. In the background, stool-sitters can observe the grill man at work."
Michael Stern


A holiday weekend lunch time at the White Hut
"A holiday weekend lunch time at the White Hut"
michael sacenti


The White Hut is just down the road from Eastern States Exposition Park, where the Annual Big E fair is held in September. Every day is a burger festival in here!
"The White Hut is just down the road from Eastern States Exposition Park, where the Annual Big E fair is held in September. Every day is a burger festival in here!"
Michael Stern



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