The allure of teeny tiny burgers

I hope you did not miss Beccy Tanner’s story last week about the one-day return of White Castle to Wichita.

It all happens tomorrow,when the fast food chain known for tiny square burgers will return to Wichita — where the first White Castle opened in 1921 — to celebrate its 90th birthday.

From 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Wichitans can buy two sliders for 90 cents (chips and a drink are an extra 90 cents) from sizzling grills set up in the Dillons parking lot at Central and Rock. Proceeds will go to the Kansas Food Bank.

White Castle left Wichita in 1938, never to return, and to this day, Wichita “gut bomb” fans grumble that the city doesn’t have a White Castle. Now, the only place in Wichita you can get a White Castle burger is in the freezer section.

Your nearest other option: Drive to Salina and try the similar teeny tiny cozy burgers at Cozy Inn. And be prepared to smell like grilled onions for a good month afterward.

Food worth driving for: Radio version

Lots of teeny tiny burgers make Salina a Cozy place.

Lots of teeny tiny burgers make Salina a Cozy place.

I blame it on my 5-year-old daughter. She wouldn’t go to bed last night, so I took away her morning cartoon privileges, so I let her listen to the Taylor Swift Pandora station this morning instead, so I apparently MISSED a whole segment on B-98 that was about my story in this morning’s Go! section.

Brett and Tracy’s producer, Kathy, was kind enough to let me know what I missed, which apparently was a loooong addendum to my list of restaurants in towns around Wichita that are worth driving for.

Keep in mind that I’m planning a Part II to the story, since I couldn’t fit everything in the paper today. But B-98 listeners came up with a few I probably won’t be able to fit into the second list either, so I’ll share some of them here.

Cozy Inn, 108 N. Seventh, Salina: The only reason I’m not including Salina’s famous tiny burger hut is because it’s already very well known, sorta like Carriage Crossing in Yoder and Luciano’s in Mulvane.

Bogey’s, 1417 S. Ninth St., Salina: Tasty burgers and shakes.

Nieves Mexican Restaurant, 119 E. Nineth, Winfield: Though several people suggested this place, I’m not including it only because I have another tasty Winfield nominee to feature.

Lumber Yard Steak House, 311 N. Main St., Zenda: Is it bad that I’ve never heard of this restaurant or of Zenda? Must change that.

Puffy’s Steak House, 215 Main St., Maple Hill: Thanks to TopekaDad for correcting me on this one. BTW, where’s Maple Hill?

Guy and Mae’s Tavern, 119 Williams St., Williamsburg: Home of world-famous ribs and sandwiches

Two Doors Down, 307 Baird St., Cuba: Burgers and other cafe food worth driving for.

Enrique’s, 2213 Waverly St., Ponca City, Okla.: Great Mexican food south of the border. The Kansas border.

Thanks, B-98 listeners. Part II will be published on Aug. 13.