White Hut in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Marcela, Fred & I met up with The Vulgar Chef (see YouTube short below) at White Hut, a landmark restaurant in West Springfield since 1939. I remember reading about the White Hut in Josh Osersky‘s book, The Hamburger: A History.

Josh suggested White Hut should be one of the “10 burgers you must eat this year.” It was enough motivation to know that stopping at the White Hut was necessary when we were road food-tripping from Philadelphia to Boston.

I was so excited to visit the White Hut that I left a comment to the effect of, see you soon. The Vulgar Chef saw my comment and agreed to meet for a burger.

White Hut in West Springfield, Massachusetts
White Hut in West Springfield, Massachusetts

We had a couple of stops on the way over to White Hut, and before you knew it, there it was. I always remember arriving at landmark burger joints in slow motion.

The Vulgar Chef was already there by the time we arrived. We walked in, and since he’s a regular, we asked him, what are we doing here?

The Vulgar Chef & Burger Beast at the White Hut
The Vulgar Chef & Burger Beast

Before we get to some food talk, we must acknowledge the fountain machine with RC Cola. We don’t see that in Miami, so I filled my cup with cold RC while anxiously awaiting the grub.

RC Cola from a Fountain Machine at the White Hut in West Springfield, Massachusetts
Fountain RC Cola

The crunch on the onion rings was lovely, and I was supposed to share, so three and done. Even though it’s pictured, I did not dunk them in the ketchup.

Onion Rings from White Hut in West Springfield, Massachusetts
Onion Rings

We skipped out on the cheese for the chili dog. It was a straight chili-mustard-onion, and they didn’t skimp on the diced onions. This is the same way I eat my dogs at Arbetter’s, but after eating the Cheese Hamburg later with their fried onions, I realized an error had been made.

My children, do not repeat my mistakes. Please, get the fried onions on the chili dog and rejoice.

Chili Dog from White Hut in West Springfield, Massachusetts
Chili Dog

Magical Fried Onions?

Speaking of those fried onions, they make the cheeseburg special. White Hut uses white American cheese on their burger, so we went old school with yellow mustard, pickles, and magical fried onions.

Cheeseburg from White Hut in West Springfield, Massachusetts

What makes them magical? Well, if I had to guess, they’re seasoned with black pepper and cooked in butter. I might be wrong about that, but who cares as long as it tastes great?

Outside White Hut with the Vulgar Chef

It was time to go, so after a Cuban goodbye (many farewells, so longs, see you next times but we continued to talk) with the Vulgar Chef. We spotted a menu on the outside, and a thought bubble appeared above my head.

An Ice Cream Float with RC Cola would have been great for the road, but we jumped into my car for the long drive to our next destination.

White Hut Menu in West Springfield, Massachusetts
White Hut Menu Outside the Building

If I didn’t motivate you to hit up the White Hut, then I suggest reading Kevin Alexander’s Best Burger Shack in America.

White Hut
280 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA
(413) 733-8000

Website – https://www.whitehut.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whitehut

Monday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Friday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

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