Valentine's Day at White Castle ... How Romantic?


I know times are tough, many of us are struggling to make ends meet, and that requires creative solutions to occasions like Valentine's Day (which are essentially just Hallmark holidays but ones that you don't want to blow off, either).

But celebrating Valentine' Day Dinner at White Castle? Oh no, no no no no.

For many years now, the Porcelain Palace has opened its dining rooms to loving couples on Valentine's Night. It offers white tablecloths, table-side service, candlelight, and decorations. And this year, the staff will even take a complimentary digital photo of you and your sweetie and post it on the company's website.

Because nothing says love and romance like a restaurant known for cheap little burgers with, ahem, unfortunate gastrointestinal consequences.

I'm not hating on White Castle. I'll admit to craving them when I was pregnant. They are also perfect drunk food. (Want to be the most popular person at a party? Show up with a Crave Case about midnight and offer them around.)

But White Castle as a romantic destination? Not so much. What exactly would you wear to a romantic dinner at White Castle? I'm thinking sweatpants, although this might be the one time dining out in your PJs is not only appropriate but almost necessary -- at the very least it should be something that hides ketchup stains.

And what kinds of gifts should you and your sweetie exchange? Instead of perfume, industrial-strength air fresheners in your favorite scents would fit the occasion and come in very handy. Forget the sexy lingerie: White Castle is pretty much the anti-aphrodisiac. Given its calorie and fat count, perhaps a home defibrillator?

What's funny is that the company denies any sense of irony in offering their romantic holiday dinner. It claims it does it because many of their customers either met at a White Castle or have happy memories of sharing a sack. Sure.

Because, really, depending on your and your sweetie's senses of humor, Valentine's Day dinner at White Castle is either the most fun, creative date idea ever ... or the absolute worst.

Would you choose White Castle for your V-Day dinner date?


Image via Sam Howzit/Flickr

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sherl... sherlokke

to each their own. appreciate what you have, and if yours is a burger joint, steakhouse , or soup kitchen budget, love it.

kinda tacky article...

beckie66 beckie66

We went last year with our son.  It was a lot of fun.  Who cares where you go as long as you are with the ones you love?

Irish... IrishDuckie

Gotta agree with the other girls, at least it's doing something. Plus times are hard right now, White Castles is freaking awesome and cheap, lol.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Um... for a regular fun evening, ok.  But not for Valentine's Day.

They're called "SLIDERS" for a reason, people, and it's not because you can slide them across the table in those little boxes...

Susan Willmott-Bennett

Sadly, we are hundreds of miles from the nearest White Castle, so it would be a treat for us. Maybe a leisurely scenic drive to the closest WC for takeout sliders to be eaten at a local B&B? Or perhaps we could just order the slider-scented candles and stay at home.

lovin... lovinangels

Some people are just so materialistic.

blueg... bluegfluff

I think it sounds like fun. It's different and interesting, and an economically sound choice. Who decided that people should go all out of Valentines day, anyway? My husband and I tend to make a "romantic" dinner at home (which is usually along the lines of baked potatoes and grilled steak- because nothing says love like braving the freezing cold to cook for your sweetheart), and it's always a good time.

PonyC... PonyChaser

@Susan Willmott-Bennett, if you have a Walmart Grocery Store near you, check their freezer section.  Ours carries frozen Sliders!  I live several hours from the neares White Castle, too, but get my fix that way.  (check near the entrees and pizzas, where they have the frozen pre-made burgers)

You could also ask your regular grocer to order them.  I know our store manager will custom-order stuff like that for us.

nonmember avatar ScallywagNYC

I suggest that you dress up too. Because there would be nothing worse than having your first, romantic, Valentine’s Day picture taken together at White Castle and one of you is not dressed for such an elegant evening.


The only way I would go to a fast food place for a meal is if I want to be sick as a dog. lol  NO, I would not be going there for Valentine's or any other occasion.

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