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Culver's: Homegrown fast food.

Milwaukee's best local fast food, 2009: Culver's


The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2009. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.

OnMilwaukee.com readers picked Culver's as their favorite local fast food joint.

Culver's is a chain that's based in Prairie du Sac. The first hamburger-and-custard eatery opened in 1984 in Sauk City, and today, there are 390 Culver's restaurants in many parts of the country.

Culver's is famous for its butter burgers and frozen custard. The menu also features fried chicken, pork, fish, salads and specialty sundaes. Culver's features its own brand of root beer, too.

OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Oakland Gyros

Runners-up:

2. Oakland Gyros
3. Speed Queen
4. Rocky Rococo
5. Gilles
6. Night Owl
7. Oscar's
8. The Kiltie
9. Murf's
10. Sil's
11. Packing House
12. Kitt's

Talkbacks

Culvers | Oct. 25, 2009 at 1:36 p.m. (report)

At Culver's of Shorewood on E. Capitol Dr., a coffee can be substituted in any value basket for no charge. When upgrading to more expensive drinks, you are only charged the "difference" between the two drinks. Value baskets are discounted, and always offer a better value than ordering a sandwich, side, and drink separately. All your Milwaukee area Culver's appreciate being voted Milwaukee's best fast food. Culver's is based out of Prairie du Sac, WI., and all the franchised owners in Milwaukee and beyond live in the communities they do business in. We are just as community involved as any independent restaurants. Stop by anytime 7 days a week / 10am-10pm. Culver's of Shorewood 1325 E. Capitol Dr. phone: 414-962-4444

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curlyboy1978 | Oct. 15, 2009 at 11:39 a.m. (report)

Ah, why is Speed Queen and Packing House on the list? Fast food = Qdoba, Wendys', McDonalds, etc.

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brewcitypaul | Oct. 14, 2009 at 1:01 p.m. (report)

I find it strange that Speed Queen is on the fast food list. It's BBQ and you definitely have to wait there for awhile to get your order. I love the place, but it's not fast food. Strange not to see Qdoba make the list. That started in Milwaukee as Zteca when I was in college and now it's nationwide.

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boozehound | Oct. 14, 2009 at 12:49 p.m. (report)

i'm not even gonna lie, that whole list is good

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jjrakman | Oct. 14, 2009 at 12:08 p.m. (report)

Watch your receipt though. Culver's owners like to nickle and dime their customers from the substitution pricing in their baskets. So for instance if a coffee costs 50 cents, but a large soda costs a dollar, if you substitute a soda for a coffee in a value basket, they'll still charge you a full dollar. So in many instances it's actually cheaper to buy the items individually, rather than purchase the value basket. Which means that the value basket isn't a value at all.

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