When you go out to grab lunch during a workday it's really easy to get stuck in a rut. Out of all the times I've went out to lunch in the past 6 months (usually only about once a week) I've probably went to Taco Bell for a plurality of them. I do like Taco Bell, but let's face facts I go there because it's quick and cheap. The other day I decided I had enough of the same old same old and decided to not only try some place different but some place I had personally never been to before. That place is Culvers.
If you're unfamiliar with Culver's they are a Wisconsin based regional chain that has a diverse menu, but one that primarily focuses on their signature "butter burgers". The butter burgers are fresh ground beef smashed thin on the flattop with crispy edges on a butter toasted bun. Despite hearing from my co-worker that Culver's serves up a mean fish sandwich also I decided I was in the mood for some red meat. I decided to go with the double mushroom and swiss burger combo that comes with a drink and Culver's crinkle cut fries.
The first thing I did when I unwrapped my burger was take note of it's appearance. After all people do say if your food looks good it's more likely to taste good. That is exactly why Sarah Jessica Parker has nothing to fear from cannibals, but I digress. In this case I noticed the size of the burger, with the double patty, was definitely an ample portion and the crispy edges were evident. The 2 slices of swiss were nicely melted, and the bun looked pillowy and soft. What turned me off a little was the way the thin sliced mushrooms seemed to be few in number and scattered haphazardly. Luckily there were more mushrooms on top of the bottom bun and the flavor and aroma of them came through nicely. There was no mayo or extra "mushroom sauce" here that sometime come on other burgers of this genre. They were not needed. The mushrooms here complemented the nice flavor of the meat, and muddling that with sauce would have been a crime. The crinkle cut fries were also a nice change of pace. While I'm not putting them on the same level as my favorite fries that are always fresh cut they were crisp and had good potato flavor. The medium portion size was also larger than I expected. I should also point out that I tried Culver's own root beer, and while it was good I wouldn't be able to differentiate it between other mainstream brand.
Being a guy that likes fast food from time to time I can't believe I've slept on Culver's for this long. It might still be fast food but they are doing it at a higher level than almost every other fast food burger joint. I'm looking foward to my next visit, and maybe I'll try some custard next time.
Taste 9/10 Probably my favorite fast food burger. Could have used just a few more mushrooms. Crinkle cut fries were good, but not as good as fresh cut variety.
Value 9/10 My double mushroom swiss combo cost $7.62 including tax. Considering how much I enjoyed it that's pretty good in my opinion. You get enough food that there is no need to upsize. It might be a little more expensive than a medium combo at Wendy's, McDonald's etc but it's not by much.
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