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Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, December 28, 2013 5:19 AM

While I don't frequent chain restaurants, it's among my principles to eat a turtle sundae whenever possible. Passing through Fort Mill, SC, I saw a billboard for Culver's and stepped in to enjoy this very fine example: rich custard, good chocolate and caramel, and crisp, salty toasted nuts. The Carolinas are not exactly frozen-dessert nirvana, but in this case I was happy to eat a regional specialty out of context and in a cloned franchise.

Source: Culver's Site


Never having heard of it prior to my first visit I thought Culver's was "Roadfood" - very reminescent of Wright's Dairy Rite in Staunton, VA.
Posted by MetroplexJim on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 7:37 AM

Culver's would have been a Roadfood classic at one time, except their original location was more than 10 miles from a major highway.
Posted by JRPfeff on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 8:44 AM

Agree with JRPfeff. Ignore Culver's at your peril. In some places they have the best food around. I happen to love their tuna melt sandwiches, using tuna salad that is made up fresh at each location. (And don't forget the frozen custard, which is VERY respectable.)
Posted by Julia I on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 9:39 AM

Yup...little Culver's from Sauk City Wisconsin...just up the road from me. Now it's a mega chain with almost 500 locations in 19 states. They actually have a passable pork tenderloin sandwich. I hate the beer batter on their skimpy fish sandwiches, though. Have to say overpriced and there are so many more bar burgers around here that are much better.
Posted by Pancho on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 10:44 AM

When compared to the FF Giants, Culvers is a rather small operation, but they make up for it in the quality of their food (IMHO). The Pork Tenderloin, made to order with the condiments of your choice..grilled onions and tomato for me, is a fine sandwich. Their house brand root beer is excellent, and as already mentioned the custard is great...especially here in the Ohio Valley where soft-serve usually means whipped soy juices. I give a "plus 1 " to Culvers !
Posted by mayor al on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 12:23 PM

I lived in Wisconsin all my life until 4 years ago. I work in the business park right behind that location in Fort Mill SC right across from Carowinds amusement park. It's packed constantly. Yeah it costs a bit more but it's only 2 bucks more than a value meal at McDonalds and way better. People in the south that never experienced frozen custard told me they love it. Yes, its no Kopps or Leons but it as close as I can get to Wisconsin. I love it.
Posted by NC Cheesehead on Friday, Jan 3, 2014 8:10 PM

Big hit in my home, from the shrimp dinners, to the burgers and my favorite,the ruebens..and we get frozen custard in the summer months, it really is worth those few extra dollars you can save at McDonalds.
Posted by barbie0531 on Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 1:59 PM

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