Thursday, May 31, 2012

Full Review: Culver's Butter Burgers and Frozen Custard

Not too long ago, I took a look at several places in the Houston area where you could get Frozen Custard--a cool delicious premium ice cream treat!  Culver's Butter Burgers and Frozen Custard is a Wisconsin-based chain that opened its first location in the Woodlands at the corner of Six Pines and Research Forest in 2005.  They now have locations in Conroe and Atascosita.  They're well known for their butter burgers as well as their frozen custard.

A little background on the company: Craig Culver, his wife, Lea, and Craig’s parents, George and Ruth,  owned and ran several supper clubs, including the Farm Kitchen Resort in Baraboo, Wisconsin. During college, Craig Culver worked summers at the Farm Kitchen, where he met his future wife, Lea Weiss. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1973, Craig worked for four years at McDonald’s, gaining many insights to apply to his own business. On July 18, 1984, when Craig, Lea, George and Ruth converted a former A&W root beer stand to a “Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers.” The Culver’s chose to use only the freshest ingredients, prepared each meal exactly to a guest’s order and delivered it to their table with a welcoming smile. It didn’t take long after that before visitors to Wisconsin began asking when we were going to open a Culver’s in their home states. Since then, other families have joined with the Culver’s family to open locations 19 states. Per their company credo, the goal is always the same: every time you step into a Culver’s, you’ll always enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal served with a smile and genuine pride. Their tagline is "Welcome to Delicious."  (Okay.  They had me at "Frozen Custard and Butter Burgers" !)

As a burger lover and a cheese lover, and just plain foodie in general, I felt I needed to further explore their menu.  I went with my son, Jason, again, and this time we got a couple of their butter burger combos.  I had a Culver's Bacon Deluxe™ and Jason had a Kids Scoopie Meal with a Butterburger Cheese Single.  Our meals came with crinkle cut fries and a beverage.  Jason had lemonade, I had their house brand root beer.  Just a note to my fellow Southerners:  This place serves Pepsi Products, not Coke Products.  However, they have Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, Iced Tea, Lemonade and a large choice of other beverages from Pepsi if you don't like their colas.

Culver's Bacon Deluxe Blueprint:
Note the pickle outside the bun... nice touch!
Fresh Midwest-raised beef 
Two strips of crisp bacon
Wisconsin Cheddar cheese
Fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, pickles, red onion and signature mayo. 
Cap with a lightly buttered, toasted bun. 


For a fast food burger, this one was really juicy and full of peppery sweet beef, salty juicy bacon, cheddar and buttery bun flavour.  It was satisfying, fresh, and had a little bit of ooze.  It was cooked a little more well done than I personally care for, but it's way better than the 2 big fast chains out there.  The bun was a bit like a large KFC or Hawaiian yeast roll.  The crinkle cut fries reminded me a bit of Raising Cane's--and there's nothing wrong with that at all.  Their root beer was mild and creamy--a bit like Sioux City Sarsparilla combined with Frostop's Root Beer that I grew up on in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Definitely what I will drink on my next visit.

The Foodie Professor's Report Card for
Culver's Frozen Custard and Butter Burgers:
Bacon Deluxe:  A-
Fries:  A-
Root Beer: A+
Service: 
     Friendliness: A
     Speed:  A
Cleanliness:
     Dining Area: B+  (Saw two booths that needed bussing that weren't)
     Men's Restroom: A
Atmosphere: N/A

Overall Grade:  A-

Culver's has 3 Greater Houston Area locations.  We went to the one at:
8800 Six Pines Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-364-9595
Open 7 days a week
10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

And remember:
Eat Happy!
Zao an, Y'all!!!

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