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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
If I didn’t motivate you to hit up the White Hut, then I suggest reading Kevin Alexander’s Best Burger Shack in America.
280 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA
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