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A Culver's Frozen Custard restaurant offers fast, efficient drive-through, carry-out and dine-in service in a clean, comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. As good as Culver's ButterBurgers are, the jewel on the Culver's crown is our velvety smooth frozen … see full wiki

1 review about Culver's

Not A Bad Burger, Not Bad At All

  • Mar 7, 2007
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Rating:
+3
Pros: Fast food; fresh ingredients; great tasting burger and fries.

Cons: A little pricey.

The Bottom Line: I do believe we have found a family-style restaurant close to home that we might actually frequent.

It was a banner weekend for my wife and I; we rarely eat out more than once a week, and for some reason—must have been the whether—we found ourselves picking up fast food two days in a row. I had wanted to grill burgers this last Sunday, but it was too cold and snowy so we decided to try Culver’s Frozen Custard & Butterburgers. not too far from our house to our burger fix; I’m glad we did.

I had never been to Culver’s, knew not what a Butterburger was, but I was willing to try one. As it turns out, it one of the better burgers I’ve tasted in quite some time that did not come from my own grill. Several steps above McDonalds, a few steps above Burger King and Wendy’s and on par with Portillo’s, Culver’s is a traditional sit down restaurant with good food and a take-out window. The burgers are made fresh from 100% U.S. raised beef and prepared only after to your order, so I was given a number and I had to wait about ten minutes for my order, which was brought out to me. Call it curb-side service.

According to company literature the first Culver’s opened in 1984, in Sauk City, Wisconsin as a family run business. Since then the business has expanded to include over 350 restaurants (five family-owned) in 17 states across the mid-west.

The Food

In addition to Butterburgers of almost every description; e.g. with cheese, bacon, double, single, deluxe, etc. Culver’s serves a diverse collection of food, from salads, to fried chicken, fish & chicken dinner plates, all manner of sandwiches (hot and cold), and of course deserts (shakes and cones with custard or ice cream).

As I stated above my wife and I ordered Butterburgers with bacon—a burger is not a burger without bacon. The burger was server hot, as were the fries. The beef was bursting with flavor and was juicy throughout and the bacon was hickory smoked and crispy, but not overly so. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, and the fries were hot and cooked to perfection. The whole experience reminded me very much of Portillo’s Hot Dog, thought I have to admit that the burger at Culver’s is a bit better.

The prices are a bit high (but then I always say that, am I cheap?), coming in at just over $10.00 for the two of us. A similar meal at Wendy’s or Burger King would cost about the same for the same size burger, but the burgers from Wendy’s have become dry and I detest the fries from Burger King! Portillo’s is also comparable in price.

Since I went through the drive-through I cannot speak to the sit down experience, but I see fish and chips in my very near future so an update will be in order at that time.

Conclusion

I do believe we have found a family-style restaurant close to home that we might actually frequent. Time will tell, but Culver’s once passed by on my way home, may become a frequent stop when I need to get a tasty meal on the table, prices aside. And I do love fish-n-chips.

Culver’s Frozen Custard & Butterburgers, Aurora, IL
509 South Route 59
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 851-3271


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