West Coasters, let me introduce you to White Castle

white castle

For those of you on the East Coast, White Castle is probably as common as a McDonalds or a Starbucks. But, not here on the westside. Ever since “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” came out, the fast food restaurant seemed like a mythical utopia of mini burgers and fries to us on this side of the world.

On my trip to New York last year, White Castle was sadly a destination on our itinerary. We walked for miles to a real shady part of town to try the burgers.

We ordered 6 jalapeno burgers, onion rings and clam strips. Anticipation rising, hearts pounding, mouths watering. I took my first bite into the hot, soft, tiny burger and it was…… disappointing. The meat was only a millimeter thick and there was a thick spread of mystery sauce. The bread was cold and soggy and I really didn’t taste any jalapeno in the meat.

In conclusion, White Castle is just a hype. It’s got nothin’ on In ‘n Out.

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Bullshead – San Francisco

BullsHead FrontBullsHead
840 Ulloa St
(between Claremont Blvd & West Portal Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94127

Rated: ♣♣♣♣

I walked into about 3 different restaurants tonight before deciding to eat at Bullshead. Bullshead is a local burger joint in West Portal that’s famous for its buffalo burgers. The restaurant showcases their selection of aged red meat waiting to be prepared. Lined with wood paneling and Andy Warhol paintings, the interior of the restaurant is like a time capsule to the 80s.

Buffalo meat is very mild in flavor. It has about 1/5 the amount of fat compared to choice beef as stated on their menu. The only flavoring in the burger was its topping.

I ordered the 1/3lb. buffalo burger with roasted garlic ($10) which was served open face with a mountain of garlic on top. K got the 1/3lb. buffalo burger with bleu cheese and mozzarella ($10). For a side, we got the the fried mushrooms ($5.45) which were good, but the battered shell was so hard the fork could pierce through it.

I would describe the burgers to be guilt-free and tasteless, which is alright for me since it’s a healthier substitute to burgers made with beef. The service is friendly and the chefs are generous with the helpings, which gives me reason to keep coming back to this burger spot.

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The Shake Shack – New York

The Shake Shack MenuThe Shake Shack
Neighborhood: Flatiron
Madison Square Park
E 23rd St & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

Rated: ♣♣♣♣♣

I totally stumbled upon this place my first day in NYC back in March 2009. It was nearly 30 degrees and there was a long line in front of this burger stand with outside seating – a good indicator that this place is good. After a quick iPhone check on Yelp to read the reviews, I instantly hopped to the end of the line. Everyone recommended the vegetarian ‘Shroom burger. I was skeptical at first because I love my red meat, but after viewing the menu, I knew this was the burger for me. “Crisp-fried portabello filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese topped with lettuce, tomato and Shack sauce.” This was not your typical uppity $7 burger. For drink, I got the creamcicle frozen custard which was literally a super thick milkshake. K opted for the Shack Stack which featured my burger with a meat patty on top – way too hardcore for me.

At first bite, my teeth sunk into an al dente mushroom followed by an unexpected ooze of cheese spilling out of the burger. Right then and there, I knew this place will be on my must visit list when I come back to NYC. Enough with the talking… now on to some photos!

The ‘Shroom Burger
The 'Shroom Burger at The Shake Shack

The 'Shroom Burger 2 at the Shake Shack

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