White Castle was one of those places that for me, …

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White Castle was one of those places that for me, didn’t live up to the hype. Chick-fil-A was not. My mom spoke of the hundreds of pounds of the stuff she ate while pregnant with me and living in Texas and I didn’t believe fast food chicken could be that spectacular. I have since taken a trip to Joplin, Missouri and tried my first spicy chicken sandwich (with waffle fries and a shake to complete the experience). It was life-changing. I have tried eating other chicken sandwiches since that I thought were good and found them dry and unsatisfying. I was nearly driven to madness (especially when I learned the hard way about them being closed on Sundays on a road trip) until they finally opened one to the public in the Mutual of Omaha building here. I’m both excited and terrified to try making them at home!!

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the taco-centric blog "Eat More Tacos," and the junk food-centric "Spork & Barrel." His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.