This is the eighteenth in a series of posts for Michigan 2013.
Other posts in this series include: Lumber Jack, Pink Pony, Chippewa Hotel, Twist n Sprouts, Pancake House, Island Slice Pizzeria, Chuckwagon, Millie's on Main, Seabiscuit Cafe,
Culver's Root Beer
Culver's even has their own root beer - creamy and frothy.
Culver's Butter Burger Deluxe ($5.89)
Butter Burger, cheese, mayo, pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, fries, medium drink
The GF went with the single patty butter burger. The bun had a nice fluffy heft to it without being over-pronounced. Apparently the burgers here are always fresh, never frozen, and always cooked to order. You could taste it in the beef, which was juicy, despite being cooked to a well-done temp. The fries were crinkle-cut and perfectly crispy and creamy - quite similar to Shake Shack's.
Butter Burger, bacon, cheese, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomato, cheese curds, medium drink
I went with the double bacon deluxe, which featured two patties. Juicy and well-seasoned, the beef was only accentuated by the hefty bacon, which could have been a bit more crisp though. And who can say no to two slices of cheese.
For a dollar more, I got one of the premium sides - the cheese curds. These were perfectly crisp and contained an ooze of creamy cheese. However, it came with cold packaged marinara, which I can understand from a practical standpoint, but was a miss for me. I'll take the cheese curds alone, thanks.
But we couldn't end lunch there. We decided to try some of their custard, which they make to order.
Concrete Mixer ($3.19)
Short vanilla concrete, Reese's peanut butter cups
The GF went with a concrete mixer, which contained creamy vanilla custard and chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups. Yum.
Turtle Sundae ($3.69)
Hot fudge, butter caramel, Southern pecans, vanilla custard, cherry on top
I went with the turtle sundae, which highlighted salty and sweet. The buttery caramel went perfectly with the pecans and hot fudge. Of course, the base of vanilla custard was incredibly creamy, yet light.
While I love me some Shake Shack, I wouldn't mind if Culver's made itself known with an East Coast presence. The butter burgers are great, the fries are super crispy, and who doesn't love cheese curds? And they've got dessert covered with delicious custards and concretes.