White Castle is a fast food restaurant chain that began in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921. The small, square hamburgers have been called “White Castles” and have been nicknamed “Whiteys” (cited in print since 1981) or “Whitey one-bites” (cited in print since 1982). The White Castle restaurant itself is infrequently called “Whitey.”
Other nicknames for White Castle hamburgers include the unofficial “rectum rocket” and “belly bomber” and the trademarked “slider/slyder.”
Wikipedia: White Castle (restaurant)
White Castle is an American regional fast food hamburger restaurant chain in the Midwestern United States and in the New York metropolitan area, generally credited as the first fast food chain. It is known for its small, square hamburgers. Sometimes referred to as “sliders”, the burgers were priced at five cents until the 1940s, and remained at ten cents for years thereafter. For several years, when the original burgers sold for five cents, White Castle periodically ran promotional ads in local newspapers which contained coupons offering five burgers for ten cents, takeout only.
12 August 1981, Greensboro (NC) Record, “A favorite magazine” by Bob Greene, pg. B4, col. 1:
If you grew up on Whiteys, no other fast-food burger will ever taste quite as honest to you. They’re not pretty, but they’re unique. The first White Castle hamburger was erected in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921; there are currently 170 of them, mostly in the Midwest.
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14 May 1982, St. Joseph (MO) Gazette, “...and hold the mayo,” pg. B1, col. 1:
ST. LOUIS (AP)—“One hundred and four thousand hamburgers, pickle on the side—to go.”
Quite an order. But when the time came Thursday, the 6-1/2 tons of hamburgers were loaded aboard a refrigerated truck at the White Castle regional headquarters and sent on their way to Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Mrs. K. C. Evans, who made the purchase, said the hamburgers, known affectionately in areas where they are sold as “belly-bombers” and “Whitey one-bites,” are in great demand among people who have lived in the East and Midwest.
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20 May 1982, Bryan (OH) Times, “White Castle hamburgers inspire following” by Tim Bryant (UPI), pg. 2, col. 2:
In Chicago, White Castle burgers are called “whitey one-bites.” St. Louisans call them “belly bombers” or “sliders.”
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9 December 1982, The Daily Times (Portsmouth, OH), pg. 11, col. 1:
Now Can Rejoice
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—White Castle lovers everywhere can rejoice.
Within two months, devotees of the square-shaped hamburger will be able to satisfy their cravings by mail.
The Columbus-based chain expects to mail “Whiteys” almost anywhere in the United States.
New York (NY) Times
White Castle’s Search for Youth
By JULIA FLYNN SILER, Special to the New York Times
Published: May 07, 1988
For years, the Ingram family ran its White Castle restaurant chain in a stubbornly old-fashioned way.
And Mr. Ingram has gone so far as to sell ‘’whitey one-bites’’ in the frozen-food sections of groceries.
22 October 1997, Frederick (MD) News-Post, “Good taste on a sliding scale: Diner chases the ‘taste you crave’” by Bill Parkinson (Third Age News Service), pg. C-1, col. 1:
The slider define: a 2 1/2-inch square beef patty with five evenly spaced holes, steam-grilled on a bed of onions and served on a white-bread bun with a single dill pickle; also affectionately referred to as a “Whitey One-Bite”; known officially as the White Castle Hamburger.
The Obscene Chronicles
By Michael Edwards, Adam Steele and Roger Cameron
St. Louis, MO: Outstanding! Productions
On the way home, we opted to make a “Whitey’s Run.” We pulled into the White Castle drive-through and ordered up.
Wichita (KS) Eagle
White Castle marks 90th anniversary with one-day return to Wichita
By BECCY TANNER
The Wichita Eagle
Published Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 12:06 a.m.
Updated Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 10:47 a.m.
Through the years, the burgers have affectionately have been nicknamed by their fans as “gut bombs,” “Whiteys,” “sliders,” “roachburgers,” “Castles,” “Whitey one-bites” and “belly busters.”
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