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Culver's

In a word: Midwestern comfort food, Speedy Service style.

The specs: #0105
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; official web site; reviews at Isthmus, Yelp, Madison Fish Fry; Culver's on Urbanspoon

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Allen ate the bacon double cheeseburger with onion rings and cheese curds.
David ate the double cheeseburger with cheese curds.
JM ate the State Fair basket (Johnsonville brat w/sauerkraut and cheese curds) and a hot fudge sundae.
Liz  ate the turkey BLT with fries.
Nichole accidentally ate the turkey BLT with fries, too, but also had a single scoop dish of chocolate custard.
The bill was about $35, or $7/person.
Allen gave Culver's an A; JM, Liz, and Nichole gave Culver's an A-; David gave Culver's a B+ (see our grading rubric).

So far, Culver's has never let us down when we're willing to indulge in some seriously American food. Allen summed it up for most of us: "I'll be back for more butter-fried goodness sooner rather than later." Liz described her sandwich as "tasty, as usual," and JM's brat was excellent though it fell apart.

You knew about the Butterburgers®, but did you know Culver's supports biodiesel research? They also throw a mean staff party - in the interest of full disclosure, we used to room with a Culver's manager and dearly miss the pintsperks that entailed. Hence, we're a bit partial.

Nichole is disappointed that Culver's has started making their lemon cooler desserts with Splenda instead of sugar, but the move is understandable from a marketing perspective. It has, however, forced her onto the harder stuff. Their chocolate custard has no equal.

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hmmm...if you are ever in Milwaukee, you MUST go to Kopp's Frozen Custard. Their chocolate custard is 10 times better than Culver's. There are 3 locations - one right off 94 on Bluemound Road. Do yourselves a favor!

Thanks, Kelly! Kopp's is my gold standard (I'm actually from MKE, as is Allen). I always get a cheeseburger with hot celery relish and fries and oh yes, the custard. Sorry, Culvers, it's the truth.

I love Culver's fish fry! The batter is light and crispy and the fish flakes apart beautifully. I love the fact that you can get it any freakin' day of the week, not just fridays. Sometimes I get fish fry cravings, and for me, Culver's is the place to go.

It is a great injustice that In-N-Out, not Culver's, is the nationally famous regional hamburger chain.

Infamous garbage always wins notoriety over consistent and low-key quality.

See the relative fame and success of Britney Spears over Norah Jones, for example.

Hey, don't get me wrong, I like In-N-Out too! It just seems strange that it's so much more well-known outside its region than Culver's is.

My shelteredness reveals itself.

I was confusing In-N-Out with Jack in the Box. There is a blessing and a curse that accompanies never having set foot in California.

Seems like In-N-Out is pretty good. But Culver's...mmm...down-home-y goodness....

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