White Castle waffle sandwiches: A surprisingly tasty fast food breakfast

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Emily Eveland
An inside view of White Castle's chicken and waffles sandwich
Fast foodies, start your cars. Stoners, ready your joints. Hungover people of America, it's time to slide into those sweatpants, pop a few Advil, and lug your tired asses over to White Castle to try their new trio of Waffle Sandwiches, including bacon, egg, and cheese; sausage, egg, and cheese; and a chicken and waffle sandwich with bacon gravy. We're serious. They're actually pretty good.

Belgian Waffle Sandwiches were introduced to White Castle's already-existing breakfast menu on Sunday at 7 a.m., just over a week after Taco Bell debuted Waffle Tacos, among other despicable breakfast items (we're sure you remember our controversial review from a few weeks back). According to the Castle's corporate entities, the eggs are cracked and cooked fresh while you wait and the waffles are imported directly from Belgium.

See also:
Taco Bell's breakfast menu: The bad, the ugly, and the irrevocable

White Castle's announcement garnered a much smaller media frenzy than Taco Bell's, presumably because, well, it's White Castle, home of the sloppy, school lunch-like slider.

Frankly, we didn't have high expectations for the new breakfast items. White Castle sliders have never been our go-to fast food fare and we were only more turned off when the little square sandwiches were made available in vending machines. Yeah, we know, it's fast food and expectations should automatically be lowered, but White Castle has always landed near the bottom of our fast food chain, reserved for the super stoned Harold and Kumar and the occasional desperate road trip.

White Castle's waffle sandwiches proved us wrong -- for the most part.

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Emily Eveland

We started with the chicken and waffles sandwich, the winning sandwich of the bunch. The $2.69 slider-sized waffle sandwich features bacon-flecked gravy and a fried chicken patty between two perfectly crispy Belgian waffles, which we watched the cook remove from a nondescript white box. We didn't see him crack or fry any eggs, but their taste and appearance -- an uneven blend of yellow and white -- suggested they were indeed cooked fresh. The waffle was nothing like the sopping wet monstrosity Taco Bell served -- it was reasonably moist and fluffy, sweet but not too sweet, and left us with a pleasant buttermilk aftertaste.
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We set the chicken and waffles sandwich aside and moved on to the $2.19 sausage, egg, and cheese waffle. The waffle was burnt in some places and the sausage patty was slightly scary looking, but it tasted fine -- a little spicy, even. The sausage was topped with a miniature Kraft cheese single that was so adorable, we wished we could carry one around like a pocket square.
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The bacon, egg, and cheese waffle sandwich was okay, but was definitely the least impressive of the trio. The bacon was barely noticeable and the egg wasn't salty or flavorful enough to hold its own. The bacon variety was also the greasiest of the sandwiches, rendering its wrapper a wet glob of tissue paper by the meal's end.

White Castle's bacon and sausage waffle sandwiches are available from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., while the chicken and waffle sandwich is available all day. According to the young man working behind the counter, the sandwiches are only available until July, so if you're looking for a cheap step up from Jimmy Dean, you'd better act fast.

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49 comments
Steve Nathe
Steve Nathe

Nice review, but why not include any harmful ingredients and/or list the fat, carbs, sugar etc? This would be MUCH more informative to the public.

Colette Illarde
Colette Illarde

City pages food writers are telling me to go to White Castle....anyone else see a problem here?

Joel Chirhart
Joel Chirhart

This comment thread makes me think of the Jim Gaffigan, McDonald's sketch.. "I didn't know that I was better than you.." I love me some White Castle every now and then, looking forward to trying this.

mr_microphone
mr_microphone

I don't know why the Castle wouldn't be higher on your list.  Best thing about White Castle, is that they have remained true.  Some menu items have been added and removed, and the frying oil has changed I think over the years.  But the slider is the same today as it was 50 years ago.  No sweeter bun, no size change, no different cheaper pseudo cheese.  You cannot say the same for ANY other fast food chain.  Except maybe in-and-out.  But sadly, we don't have them here.

Kitty Berg
Kitty Berg

But I'm white. Im not allowed in WhiteCastle.

Kevin Tan
Kevin Tan

I really don't understand what's disgusting about cheese, a waffle, sausage, and fresh cracked eggs in a sandwich. You eat the same thing separately on a plate at Denny's.

Kelin Jackman
Kelin Jackman

Fat Nats is amazing :) Also pretty much any restaurant on Selby in St. Paul.

Sarah Holliday
Sarah Holliday

I find it amusing that most articles I've seen about fast food breakfast insinuate or blatantly insist that a person has to be stoned to eat them.

Bryce Otter Larson
Bryce Otter Larson

I was with you Jillian Bridges. But this might be too much for even the strongest convictions of mine. I mean... stay strong.

Samreen Saadi
Samreen Saadi

Go eat at local places like Fat Nat's instead of this garbage! :)

Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill

White Castle has had breakfast for years. But when I go there for breakfast I get 6 White Castles like normal. But on the other hand, I did try the new Taco Bell breakfast Crunchwrap.And that was pretty good. Not Croisanwich good, but okay.

Jon Erie
Jon Erie

I all of their breakfast menu, it surprisingly does not have that greasy fast food taste... look forward to trying this!!! #whitecastle #sliders

Josh Lynch
Josh Lynch

Cody Corbett, who's buying the casre?

Liliya Rajsombath
Liliya Rajsombath

Soda Rajsombath gotta swing by Whitie's on the way to work one of these days

emailjoeraiche
emailjoeraiche

I have been telling people that White Castle has a good breakfast, for years- if fast and cheap are requirements. But did they listen? Nope! How many fast food joints can you get wheat bread; eggs cooked over-medium; and other b-fast items that taste freshly cooked? Exactly.

FritterSpeelburn
FritterSpeelburn

the elitist attitude you bring to this story is a turn off.
it's great that you think you are better than anyone who does like White Castle breakfasts.  
almost sounds like you're miffed they didn't check it out with you before offering the new items.
i don't like this author.  she is the epitome of the dumbass reality oblivious pricks that this paper employs for writers.  this article offers nothing positive.

Joel Oftedahl
Joel Oftedahl

MAN vs FOOD ??? Who can eat the most in 30 min ?

Emily Montesano
Emily Montesano

Ben RickJames Rickel haha we mightve ruled them out too soon

Andrew Lonergan
Andrew Lonergan

My Grandpa ate White Castle breakfast for about 20 years - just about every morning, and lived to be 90. I'll take White Castle all day jokesters. #bam Jane Lonergan and Lisa Kelly

Marti Jean
Marti Jean

Jon, something new at White Castle!!!

Shari Rivera
Shari Rivera

Anthony J. Norlander, better than Taco Bell??

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@FritterSpeelburn  Her articles are always filled with tired, boring stereotypes like "Taco Bell makes you poopy!" or "White Castle is for stoners!" Hey, it beats coming up with something original to write yourself!

BatmanJesus
BatmanJesus

@FritterSpeelburn Dude, she liked your sandwiches, okay?! You make good sandwiches! It's fine! It's all going to be okay!

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

You must be unfamiliar with the concept of "moderation".

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