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After our late lunch at the Bisbee Grille, we opted for something quick for dinner. I had never heard of Culver’s before coming to Tucson and it turned out to be a fast-casual restaurant specializing in frozen custard and butter burgers.

Culver’s started in Wisconsin and so they use Wisconsin cheese to top their burgers, sell deep-fried cheese curds, and use Wisconsin dairy for their custards. Their specialty butterburger is a 100% beef patty served on a toasted and buttered bun. They have a specialty frozen custard of the day that changes daily and it’s made in small batches throughout the day to keep it fresh. It was very exciting to see heaps of frozen custard flowing from their custard machines whenever it was ordered.

After placing our order at the counter and receiving a tabletop number, we filled our own drinks, and sat down to wait for our food to be delivered to us. I didn’t try their famous butterburger, but I did have a North Atlantic Cod Filet Sandwich, which came on a toasted and buttered hoagie roll. The cod filet was freshly fried with a crisp exterior and moist interior. On the roll was shredded lettuce, shredded Wisconsin cheese, tartar sauce, and a pickle slice on top. It was on the small side, which was fine because we’d had a late lunch that I hadn’t fully recovered from.

Behind the cod filet sandwich, is a bag of fried Wisconsin cheese curds. This was my first experience with cheese curds, so I expected them to be melted and stringy like mozzarella sticks, but they remained solid and full of cheddar flavor. I love cheese in any form, so these little crunchy bites were great without tasting heavy or oily.

As for the custard, well I was still in awe of the freely flowing rivers of chocolate brown and white vanilla that I saw behind the counter. I was very tempted to order that day’s Flavor of the Day, which was an Oreo Explosion or something similar, but instead I went simply with a double scoop of their frozen custard, one of each flavor. The custard was very thick and definitely creamy. I really enjoyed the genuine chocolate and vanilla flavors.

There is variety of candies, cookies, and fruits that can be mixed into the frozen custard. The frozen custard is also sold in pints to be enjoyed at home. The lighting and carpeting made the interior of the restaurant very welcoming. I would return for the frozen custard and the fried cheese curds, but the cod filet wasn’t outstanding.

Culver’s (no locations in CA)

40 S. Broadway Place

Tucson, AZ 85710


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Posted by on December 22, 2011.

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4 Responses

  1. Happy Holidays Alyssa! Love deep fried cheese curds….I try to get my fix whenever I’m in Madison. You know, they’ve got Culver’s everywhere there, but I’ve never been to one. I guess I need to fix that next time I’m there!

    by Kirk on Dec 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  2. Merry Christmas, Kirk! I’d love to try authentic Wisconsin fried cheese curds, even regular cheese curds, which I heard can squeak? You’ve found some great places to eat in Madison, so I’m not sure Culver’s would fit in!

    by Alyssa on Dec 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

  3. I didn’t know there was a Culver’s so close! The last time I went to one, it was in Michigan…Frozen custard is nice in the humid summer and Butter Burgers are really good, but so is the fish sandwich.

    by Cathy on Jan 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

  4. Hi Cathy! I wouldn’t say Tucson is close! I think the closest one to us would be Casa Grande? But you’re right, definitely closer than Michigan! I’d like to find places selling cheese curds in San Diego.

    by Alyssa on Jan 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

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