The first Culver’s opened in 1984 in Sauk City, WI, and just a few years later was so popular that it became a popular franchise throughout Wisconsin. Presently there are around 670 locations throughout the country, making the franchise restaurants one of the most popular purveyors of two cherished Wisconsin foods in the United States, butter burgers and frozen custard.
Culver’s Famous Butter Burgers & Cheese Curds
If butter burgers were already a favorite in the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, then it was Culver’s that brought this hometown staple to the rest of the country. While in southeastern Wisconsin Culver’s is probably not known for being the best butter burger, it still certainly is one of the most popular. Take one look at a Culver’s drive through just about any night of the week and you instantly know that Milwaukeeans love this Wisconsin-based chain.
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The main draw at Culver’s is the burgers. The standard is a Culver’s deluxe, which you can get as a single, a double, or even a triple ($2.99, $4.59, $5.99). From there you can add traditional toppings like raw onion, tomato, and lettuce, or upgrade to include bacon or an assortment of cheeses. They also have more specialized burgers, like a mushroom and swiss ($6.59), sourdough melts ($3.39), and the WI Swiss Melt ($3.39).
Culver’s offers plenty of other food options, so there is something for everyone. This includes salads and soups, other sandwiches like a shaved prime rib ($4.69) or a grilled Reuben melt ($4.69), or some awesome chicken options, like a four-piece chicken tender meal ($4.99), or traditional fried chicken. Culver’s makes for a great family destination since there is something on the menu for everyone.
The Frozen Custard
Always save room for dessert at Culver’s, since beyond exporting the butter burger, they have also become the country’s go to spot for Wisconsin-style frozen custard. Always on the menu are sundaes for under $6, concrete mixers (mediums for $4.19), and standard scoops of frozen custard, which comes in chocolate, vanilla, and a continuously rotating flavor of the day. A single scoop in a waffle cone will only run you $2.79. For a one-stop dinner and dessert destination, and with plenty of locations, Culver’s is always a good choice for a butter burger and custard.
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Location & Hours
Hours: Most Culver’s are open from 10am to 11pm, varies by location
Address: There are numerous Culver’s locations in the Milwaukee area. A few of these include:
- 1325 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood
- 5501 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee
- 575 W. Layton Ave., Milwaukee
- 7515 Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee
- 1641 Miller Park Way, West Milwaukee
- 6031 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
- 1672 S. 108th St., West Allis