White Castle waffle sandwiches: A surprisingly tasty fast food breakfast
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.
Emily Eveland An inside view of White Castle's chicken and waffles sandwich
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.