November 6, 2017 1:26pm CST
Many fast food chains have been around for a very long time. When I lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York there was a White Castle that was open 24 hours. It was a great place to get food and to gather together no matter what the hour. It was also great to stop by and purchase sacks of their delicious burger to take along. White Castle was founded in 1921 some time after WW I ended and a good two decades before McDonald’s came around. This is the reason that at times White Castle is mentioned along with the birth of fast food. However it would still be some time before moms agreed to feed their children hamburgers. White Castle stood for cleanliness with spanking clean uniforms, polished porcelain and stainless steel surfaces. Their tiny beef burgers with steamed onions were delicious and could be eaten without creating a big mess. They were sold for a nickel, just five cents and who wouldn’t want a hamburger for that price. Their slogan was “Buy’em Buy the Sack”. The White Castle chain is still owned by the descendants of Billy Ingram, who established the brand in Wichita, Kansas. Today you can find their site online and find locations for these wonderful, little burgers. Who knows these burgers? Any fans out there?
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• Dallas, Texas
My wife knew about them, as I was living up north in Indiana but in Texas that name was familiar to her, so for that reason alone, I figure I missed out but when we came to Dallas in about the year 1963, when I was about 5 or 6 years of age, there was a Griff's burger bar that sold small slider sized burgers for about a dime each. They were sold at ten for a dollar, and they were the littlest burgers I ever saw. You might have to eat 5 of them to get full.