We Tried 25 Things From Culver’s. Here’s The Best One To Eat
Even though Culver’s has been around for a
relatively short amount of time, this fast
food chain is quickly climbing the charts as
one of the most successful chains in the nation.
We’ve ranked the food at Culver’s starting with
the worst and ending with the cream of the crop.
Although the meat inside of the
Buffalo Chicken Tenders is flavorful,
the breading is so revolting that it overshadows
everything else. Culver’s tried to make chicken
tenders that were inherently spicy but
this experiment should be deemed a failure.
The Buffalo Chicken Tenders have breading
that has been seasoned with paprika,
black pepper, and chili pepper and is both
too crunchy and too powdery. Biting into
one of these tenders is akin to biting
a piece of chalk. The tenders are also
trying to taste like hot buffalo wings but
the heat is limited and there’s a strong,
off-putting aftertaste. Even if you dip
these Buffalo Chicken Tenders in Culver’s
tasty Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing, you still
won’t be able to hide from the terrible flavor.
If you’ve tried the chili from Wendy’s, you know
how delicious it is. It features ground beef,
pinto beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, green
peppers, onions, celery, and other yummy
ingredients. Culver’s is another fast food
chain that sells chili. Culver’s version is
called George’s Chili and has many of the same
ingredients as Wendy’s version including ground
beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, and celery.
Unfortunately, while the recipes are similar,
the outcome is completely different. George’s
Chili is more watery and the spices are muted.
George’s Chili Supreme is the same lackluster
chili with shredded cheese, diced onions, and sour
cream added on top. It’s a little bit better but
still a far cry from what you can find at Wendy’s.
Vegetarians have to be overjoyed that there
are so many scrumptious meatless burgers
available at fast food restaurants these days at
destinations like Burger King and Shake Shack.
Culver’s has a meatless burger but, tragically,
it’s not good at all. Their Harvest Veggie
Burger is so bland that it could make a
vegetarian second-guess their life decisions.
The patty of this meatless burger is made from a
combination of mushrooms, garbanzo beans, corn,
and pepper. While that sounds like it should be
amazing, the patty is completely forgettable and
tastes like congealed baby food. It comes with
a tomato slice, red onion, shredded lettuce,
dill pickle, and mayo but that’s still not enough
to distract you from the disappointing patty.
Even if you keep your expectations really
low, the Chopped Steak Dinner from Culver’s
will still manage to underwhelm you. It’s not
even as good as a high-quality frozen dinner.
When factoring in the cost, you’re
much better off going with the Classic
Salisbury Steak made by Banquet than
ordering this menu item from Culver’s.
The Chopped Steak Dinner comes with steak
that’s been covered by white mushrooms,
red onions, and brown gravy. You also get
a dinner roll and your choice of two sides.
The main problem is the chewiness of
the steak. Unless you want to give your
jaw a workout, you will not enjoy the
experience of trying to eat this meat.
The other notable problem is the
gravy and its lack of savory goodness.
Culver’s shrimp looks like it will taste
great but your mood will sour once you
pop a few shrimp in your mouth.The
Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp Dinner comes
with either six pieces of shrimp or
you can pay more to get 10 pieces.
Unlike the Buffalo Chicken Tenders, the breading
is not the problem. The issue is the shrimp
itself. It doesn’t have a fresh flavor and it
has a little bit of a plasticky aftertaste.
Culver’s has Shrimp Cocktail Sauce but it too is
a letdown. The amount of horseradish is too light,
which causes it to have a feeble
bite and taste too much like ketchup.
Don’t hop out of your chair and rush to Culver’s
because you mistakenly thought they have something
similar to the McDonald’s legendary McRib
on their menu. Yes, it’s sad when the McRib
disappears out of the blue but Culver’s Pork
Loin Sandwich is a completely different animal.
Culver’s Pork Loin Sandwich has pork loin that has
been expertly breaded by hand with cracker crumbs.
Unfortunately, the breaded pork loin just doesn’t
have much flavor. Even if you add onions, pickles,
ketchup, or mustard to the sandwich, the lack
of flavor will cause you to become bored. By
the time you have finished swallowing the Pork
Loin Sandwich, you will fully understand why
McDonald’s douses its McRib with an overflowing
amount of barbecue sauce that is extra tangy.
Take away that barbecue sauce and the McRib would
be almost as boring as this Culver’s menu item.
When your eyes first catch a glimpse
of the Crinkle Cut Fries at Culver’s,
you will be reminded of those soggy, flavorless
cafeteria fries you struggled to eat during your
childhood. The good news is that these
fries aren’t as bad as the fries from
your elementary school’s cafeteria. The
bad news is they’re only moderately better.
Culver’s Crinkle Cut Fries aren’t soggy
at all. Instead, they’re placed in fryer
oil until they become golden brown in color
and crispy in texture. Flavor-wise, though,
these fries are still lacking. With all
the other spectacular sides available at
this fast food restaurant, there’s really
no good excuse to settle for their fries.
“Crinkle Cut Fries will make you do crazy things.”
Another underwhelming side at Culver’s
is their Mashed Potatoes & Gravy.
If you’re expecting something that’s identical to
KFC’s version, you’re bound to have a bad time.
It’s not the mashed potatoes side of the equation
that’s the problem with this Culver’s menu item.
They use Russet potatoes and real milk and
the potatoes are mashed until they’re fluffy.
The issue is the gravy. Instead of the extremely
savory and rich brown gravy from KFC
that you’ve grown to know and love,
this is a thin, white gravy that will cause you to
yawn. Like the aforementioned Crinkle Cut Fries,
pick a better side than the Mashed Potatoes
& Gravy when you’re dining at Culver’s.
Sometimes the Beef Pot Roast Sandwich is decent
enough, but other times this sandwich is gross.
What will determine your happiness when
you order this is the status of the beef.
When this sandwich is at its best, the beef is
moist, tender, and oozing with flavors. When
this sandwich is loathsome, it’s because the
beef is dried out and crusty. Since there’s no
sauce on this sandwich, if you get crusty
beef it has no choice but to remain dry.
Culver’s also has a Beef Pot Roast Dinner.
Though not as popular as the sandwich,
it’s a better pick because the dinner
comes with brown gravy on the beef,
so even if the beef is initially dry,
the gravy will help to make it edible.
There’s a lot to like about the
Sourdough Melt from Culver’s.
This sandwich features a pair of beef patties,
grilled onions, and two slices of glorious
cheddar cheese that has been aged to perfection.
If you eat the beef, onions, and cheese by itself,
there would be nothing to complain about. However,
there’s one thing that is impossible to ignore:
the sourdough bread is so weird
that it ruins the sandwich.
Typically, sourdough bread isn’t actually
that sour. But Culver’s version of this
bread took its name to heart and went way too
far. Their sourdough bread is too sour and it
has a biting aftertaste that takes away from
the other positive qualities of this sandwich.
For the right person, the Grilled Chicken
Sandwich from Culver’s makes a lot of sense.
This is the first menu item on this
list that you can order without remorse.
This sandwich is perfectly okay and will
surely keep a frown from appearing on
your face. Unlike a lot of grilled chicken
sandwiches at other fast food restaurants,
the chicken in this sandwich is both juicy and
flavorful. This sandwich from Culver’s comes
with lettuce, pickles, and a tomato slice
on a roll that has been lightly toasted.
The only drawback with the Grilled Chicken
Sandwich is the fact that it’s not very filling.
If you’re hungry, you’ll want to
order something else. Conversely,
if you just want a quick snack that qualifies
as healthy, this is a wise option. It has
only 390 calories and only eight grams of
fat, while packing 41 grams of protein.
When you see the Grilled Reuben Melt on Culver’s
menu, you know that ordering it would be risky.
This sandwich is rather complicated
and has a lot of ingredients.
Thankfully, the Grilled Reuben Melt is a success.
On this sandwich, you will discover slow-cooked
corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, delectable Swiss
cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. All
the ingredients are of high quality and the
combined taste is yummy. The only alteration you
should consider is leaving off the Thousand Island
dressing. Without the dressing, the corned beef
and the sauerkraut is able to shine even more.
Whereas the Sourdough Melt suffered
due to Culver’s subpar sourdough bread,
the Grilled Reuben Melt utilizes
rye bread — and it’s so much better.
While fast food salads are hit-or-miss in
general, the salad choices at Culver’s are
all above average. This chain is
known for using fresh ingredients,
which is especially important when
it comes to crafting a winning salad.
The Cranberry Bacon Bleu Salad with Grilled
Chicken is one of Culver’s most popular salads.
It contains mixed greens, grape tomatoes, dried
cranberries, slices of cucumber, crumbles of bleu
cheese, and pieces of grilled chicken. Each
and every morsel of this salad is a hit. If
you’re unsure of which salad dressing you should
select to go on top of this salad, you can’t go
wrong with Culver’s French Dressing. Featuring
tomato, lemon juice, garlic, onion, paprika,
and other spices, this succulent dressing manages
to be both sweet and acidic at the same time.
You either love coleslaw or you
hate coleslaw. If you hate it,
you shouldn’t order it at Culver’s. Even though
it’s really, really good for what it is — it’s
still coleslaw. If you love coleslaw, you owe
it to yourself to try this Culver’s yumminess.
The two main ingredients are
cabbage and carrots. From there,
Culver’s adds a number of other ingredients
including vinegar, egg yolk, garlic, paprika,
and sugar. The result is a coleslaw that has a
deep, rich flavor along with enjoyable bursts
of sweetness and sourness. Since Culver’s
has such dull fries and mashed potatoes,
don’t hesitate to sub those sides
out and replace them with coleslaw.
Culver’s has a Crispy Chicken Sandwich
that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
This sandwich boasts of breading that is
“Southern-style”. In addition to the pickles,
Culver’s version has lettuce and tomato.
Take a bite and you’ll be thrilled by the
juicy chicken and the breading that
tastes like it’s been blessed with
the optimal amount of garlic powder and onion
powder. The toasted bun is also a highlight.
Why isn’t the Crispy Chicken Sandwich higher
on this list? While everyone would agree that
this Culver’s menu item is tasty, it’s only a
run-of-the-mill chicken sandwich compared to
the best fried chicken sandwiches that are
available at other fast food restaurants.
The vast majority of people will adore
Culver’s Mushroom & Swiss ButterBurger,
however there are sure to be a few objectors.
Everyone will agree that the beef patty,
two slices of Swiss cheese, and
the toasted and buttered bun
are all excellent. The mushrooms are the
only questionable aspect about this burger.
Culver’s cooks their white mushrooms with
salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, butter,
and oil. As a result, these mushrooms have a
stronger flavor than what is traditionally found
inside of a mushroom and swiss burger. If you want
to take some of the focus off of the mushrooms,
consider adding mayo to your burger. You can
get the Mushroom & Swiss ButterBurger with one,
two, or three beef patties. If you’re
starving, you should opt for two or three
patties because the version with
only one patty is relatively small.
“Welcome to delicious.”
While the Buffalo Chicken Tenders are a disaster,
that doesn’t mean you should give up on Culver’s
handheld chicken options. In fact, their Original
Chicken Tenders might be their most universally
loved menu item. From the littlest of
children to the wisest of grandparents,
everyone will agree that these things are yummy.
The golden exterior is excellent and the juicy
white meat in the middle is equally as delicious.
If you’re ordering for a large group of people,
the safest plan at Culver’s is to just
order a whole bunch of these tenders.
When you have one of these Original
Chicken Tenders in your fingers,
the most difficult decision you will have
is which of Culver’s sauces to dip it in.
The BBQ Sauce is deliciously smoky
and adds a fun amount of sweetness.
Alternatively, the Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
offers an entertaining whirlwind of flavors.
Culver’s Chicken Noodle Soup is so tasty
that you will legitimately be shocked the
first time you taste it. The Chicken Noodle
Soup from Culver’s contains egg noodles,
celery, carrots, onion, garlic, parsley, pepper,
chicken broth, and tender chicken chunks. Dark
meat chicken is used in their recipe, which means
the meat is extra savory and extra flavorful.
Culver’s has other soups on their
menu that are worth ordering
including Stuffed Green Pepper Soup, Potato
with Bacon Soup, Tomato Florentine Soup,
and Broccoli Cheese Soup. The Chicken Noodle
Soup is better but these are also worth trying.
The only soup you should actively avoid at
Culver’s is their Boston Clam Chowder Soup.
It’s a poor imitation of the clam chowder you can
find in Boston and elsewhere on the East Coast.
The Culver’s Deluxe is the most diverse burger
you can find at this fast food restaurant.
It has a lot going on but at the end
of your meal, you’ll be happy that
you selected this burger. Get it with two
patties and you’ll be filled to the brim.
Under the bun, you’ll find tomato slices,
red onions, pickles, American cheese, and
mayo. The two ingredients that will really stand
out from the rest are the cheese and the onions.
Culver’s American cheese blows every other
store-bought American cheese out of the water,
while the onions add a hint of sweetness that will
keep you grinning. If you’re eating on the run,
stick to getting one or two beef patties
on your burger. The Culver’s Deluxe with
three beef patties needs to be eaten with
caution, as it has a tendency to fall apart.
Culver’s is known for its fantastic frozen
custard — and that’s no accident. The chain
takes great pride in that custard. It’s
slowly churned throughout the day to
keep it creamy and just slightly warmer than
regular ice cream. If you walk inside of one
of the chain’s restaurants, you can see the
custard being churned right before your eyes.
The custard-based options at
Culver’s are virtually limitless.
Possible options include everything from a
Vanilla Waffle Cone to a Caramel Cashew Sundae,
to a Chocolate Shake. That said, if you want
to try Culver’s frozen custard at its best,
strongly consider purchasing a
Blueberry Cobbler Concrete Mixer.
This incredible dessert begins with their
delicious vanilla custard and is joined by
blueberries and granola clusters that are extra
crunchy. The sweet and rich custard mixed with
the tart berries makes for a wondrous treat,
while the granola adds a delightful texture.
The Wisconsin Swiss Melt is like Culver’s
Sourdough Melt except for one big difference:
this sandwich actually tastes really good.
The Wisconsin Swiss Melt uses the same rye
bread that can be found on the Grilled
Reuben Melt instead of their horrendous
sourdough bread. It’s truly a night and
day difference that cannot be overstated.
What’s the difference between the Wisconsin
Swiss Melt and a traditional patty melt?
A patty melt usually has caramelized onions, while
Culver’s uses grilled onions on this sandwich.
Additionally, the rye bread in a traditional
patty melt is sometimes grilled with mayonnaise.
Instead of mayo, Culver’s butters their rye
bread before grilling it. But, essentially,
you can consider this sandwich to be this
restaurant’s version of a patty melt.
“Behold! One crispy onion ring to rule them all!”
“I’ll follow you anywhere.”
Not only are their Onion Rings great
when compared to the Crinkle Cut Fries,
they’re actually the best fast food onion
rings in all the land. You could go to every
other fast food chain in the United States and
you won’t be able to locate better onion rings.
The secret to Culver’s success when it comes to
these rings begins with the fact that they use
real onions. Some chains make their onion
rings with onion paste or onion flavoring
but you don’t need to worry about that if you go
to Culver’s. Their rings come from whole onions
and aren’t fried until you place your order. The
batter is tasty and contains a variety of spices
including paprika. You can dip these
rings in ketchup or mustard but they’re
so scrumptious that you really don’t
need to use any dipping sauces at all.
While Culver’s may have iffy shrimp, there’s
nothing wrong with their North Atlantic Cod
Dinner. In fact, it’s better than anything
you can find at Long John Silver’s and many
other national seafood chains. If you’re
craving seafood and you want to get it
quickly from a drive-thru window, head to the
nearest Culver’s and order this menu item.
The North Atlantic Cod Dinner comes with
multiple pieces of golden cod that have been cut,
battered, and fried by hand. While most
seafood in the fast food world is greasy,
that’s not a problem with this fish. That
allows for the focus to remain on the
delicious fish that somehow manages to taste
better and better with each proceeding bite.
Culver’s also has some of the best tartar sauce
you’ve ever tasted, which will only add to the
joyous meal. In addition to the fish, this dinner
comes with a warm roll and a pair of sides.
While buying cheese curds from a fast
food chain may sound like a strange idea,
don’t let that stop you when you visit Culver’s.
Their Wisconsin Cheese Curds are so amazing that
you’ll remember them for the rest of your
days as the best cheese curds you ever ate.
The Wisconsin Cheese Curds are made from
a combination of white and yellow cheddar
cheese that comes directly from a dairy farm in
their home state of Wisconsin. These bite-sized
goodies take a ride in a deep fryer until they
are golden in color and sufficiently crunchy.
The correct way to eat Wisconsin Cheese
Curds is to pull them apart so you can bask
in the glow of the gooeyness before you pop
these lovely things into your waiting mouth.
“The Original” ButterBurger is the main reason why
Culver’s deserves to be regarded as the absolute
best chain burger restaurant in the country. The
name suggests that butter is the key ingredient
in the burger meat, but the butter in the name
actually refers to the butter that goes on the
bun. The buttery bun is carefully toasted to add
the perfect texture. Popular toppings include
pickles, onions, ketchup, and mustard. It’s also
not a bad idea to add cheese to your ButterBurger.
You can order this burger with
single, double, or triple patties.
No matter what you decide to put
on this burger, you will love it
and you’ll be in agreement that this
is the best menu item at Culver’s.
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