Who had a White Castle?

Now I didn't know those burgers were hole-y. Did you?

The Square Burger Award goes to my friends Beccy Tanner and Jaime Green, who quite competently covered the pandemonium that was the White Castle birthday celebration yesterday in the Dillon’s parking lot.

A pressing work commitment kept me away, but I heard lots of stories from those who were there — stories of 90-minute waits, slider shortages and grilled onions. My friend Katie texted to tell me she went but left empty handed. “We lasted about three minutes in line,” she said. “We’re not waiters.”

Another friend described the scene as a “a mess of humanity and beef.”

Were you there? Was it worth it? Let me know if you had a “gut bomb” and how you’re feeling today.

And if you missed it (or if you’re also not a “waiter,”) watch Jaime’s video below.

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.