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Legendary Slider Joint White Castle Is Expanding to Metro Phoenix

Phoenicians are about to go to White Castle
Phoenicians are about to go to White Castle Courtesy of White Castle
White Castle, the burger chain that is almost 100 years old and serves one of the country's original sliders, will be expanding to metro Phoenix. This is big news for people who love burgers and Americana. Time magazine named the White Castle slider the most influential burger of all time.

The first location was opened in 1921, during the presidency of Warren G. Harding. Over the years, the burger joint  spread across parts of the country, developing a cult following in eastern states like New Jersey. You can't tell the history of the rise of fast food in America without a chapter or two on White Castle.

White Castle's sliders have a rabid following. Among its acolytes are college kids, stoners, people who dig old-school greasy American eating, burger buffs, and Harold, Kumar, and Neil Patrick Harris. 

In 2019, a White Castle will open in Scottsdale.

It will open in The Block at Pima Center, on the northwest corner of Via De Ventura. This location will be the first White Castle in Arizona and the first family-owned White Castle west of the Mississippi River.

White Castles are open 24-7. This means that you can eat burgers for lunch or dinner, the normal burger hours, but also for breakfast, or when you're six hours deep into some bewildering nocturnal adventure. 
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Chris Malloy, former food editor and current food critic at Phoenix New Times, has written for various local and national outlets. He has scrubbed pots in a restaurant kitchen, earned graduate credit for a class about cheese, harvested garlic in Le Marche, and rolled pastas like cappellacci stuffed with chicken liver. He writes reviews but also narrative stories on the food world's margins.
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