Ebert, Sliders and Sex

This part of Ebert’s review of “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” made me laugh and since it’s food related, thought I’d share:

“”Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” on the other hand, is about two very specific roommates who want to smoke pot, meet chicks and eat sliders in the middle of the night. Because this column is read in Turkey, Botswana, Japan and California, I should explain that “sliders” are what fans of the White Castle chain call their hamburgers, which are small and cheap and slide right down. We buy ’em by the bag.

Is a slider worth the trouble leaving home and journeying through two states? If you’re stoned and have the munchies, as Harold and Kumar are, and if you’re in the grip of a White Castle obsession, the answer is clearly yes. The only hamburger worth that much trouble when you’re clean and sober is at Steak ‘n Shake. Californians believe the burgers at In ‘n Out are better, but that is because they do not appreciate the secret of Steak ‘n Shake, expressed in its profound credo, “In Sight, It Must Be Right.” (Many people believe the names of In ‘n Out and Steak ‘n Shake perfectly describe the contrast in bedroom techniques between the coast and the heartland.)”

6 comments

  1. Full review to be found here http://www.suntimes.com/output/ebert1/wkp-news-harold30f.html

    I’ll definately be one to see this movie!!

    (more discussion here http://forums.egullet.com/index.php?showtopic=46493 too, but most of it won’t make sense to non eGulleteers!)

    Hopefully I’m not stepping on AG’s toes by posting these. I nearly posted this on my site, but figured it was just as well since it’s here already. Wanted ya’ll to see the full review, though.

    Delete me if you want, AG, and add the link to the post! :D

    (and again, glad to have ya back.)

  2. I love steak and shake. course, i live in kansas. It’s the best place for college students cause it’s open 24 hours a day (or night) for those great 3AM snacks.

    I do admit i’ve never been to in n out though…

  3. I do agree, Steak & Shake does rule over In & Out. Having gone to Fresno for my cousins wedding, and going to school in Chicago, this little east coast native has been to both. As much as Californians adore their In & Out, I wasn’t that impressed with their burgers. It was just a good fast food burger, nothing more. Their fries, however, are the best I’ve ever had at a fast food place, possibly ever. Well worth the trip to California.

    Steak and Shake, however, has amazing everything. Burgers, fries, shakes, you name it, they rock at it.

    Oddly enough, they both attempt the whole 50’s retro vibe…What is it that makes hamburgers so wholesome?

    White Castle I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. I would travel across two states to avoid eating there.

  4. I’m with Lisa. They just built a White Castle in my town (In Michigan) and the line is a block long all the time. I don’t get it.

  5. There are a few White Castle’s here, but I’ve never been. There’s a local chain, Hamburger Station, that makes the little burgers and they’re really good. Steak ‘N Shake does make a tasty burger, but their shakes really make them worth the trip.

  6. I live in CA. I grew up in IL. In & Out burgers are good for what they are – basic burgers. Steak ‘n Shake; however, rules. From the fries to the shakes to the burgers smothered in swiss with mushrooms — yum. In&Out looses just for the lack of varity — although it is fun getting to order a grilled cheese w/ grilled onions no sauce just mustard fries well done with a vanilla chocolate shake – vanilla on the bottom.

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