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  • Post #31 - April 30th, 2010, 11:11 am
    Post #31 - April 30th, 2010, 11:11 am Post #31 - April 30th, 2010, 11:11 am
    The Prime Rib Sandwich special they had a couple of weeks ago wasn't too bad either!

    I also prefer to visit non-chain restaurants too but I had a friend who dragged me along a few times. :) After all, he was buying.

    Sometimes you find something good amongst all the crap.

    (Woo Hoo! Page Two! :) )
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #32 - April 30th, 2010, 11:31 am
    Post #32 - April 30th, 2010, 11:31 am Post #32 - April 30th, 2010, 11:31 am
    eatchicago wrote:
    aschie30 wrote:I just can't stomach the prospect of 180 pages of LTH discussion dedicated to another carpetbaggin' fast food joint. :twisted:


    At this point, 33% of this thread is dedicated to discussion complaining about this thread. 7 or so more and we'll get to 50-50.

    I, for one, look forward to LTHers achieving the elusive "Recursive 100% Complaint Thread": The thread that only exists to complain about itself.


    and now starts my favorite part: the complaining about the complaining about the thread.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #33 - April 30th, 2010, 11:46 am
    Post #33 - April 30th, 2010, 11:46 am Post #33 - April 30th, 2010, 11:46 am
    Kennyz wrote:
    eatchicago wrote:
    aschie30 wrote:I just can't stomach the prospect of 180 pages of LTH discussion dedicated to another carpetbaggin' fast food joint. :twisted:


    At this point, 33% of this thread is dedicated to discussion complaining about this thread. 7 or so more and we'll get to 50-50.

    I, for one, look forward to LTHers achieving the elusive "Recursive 100% Complaint Thread": The thread that only exists to complain about itself.


    and now starts my favorite part: the complaining about the complaining about the thread.

    I have a complaint about your post - I'm tired of all this complaining about people complaining in a complaint thread. If people want to complain about complaints regarding complaints, then they should go start a complaint³ thread.
  • Post #34 - April 30th, 2010, 6:30 pm
    Post #34 - April 30th, 2010, 6:30 pm Post #34 - April 30th, 2010, 6:30 pm
    jesteinf wrote:
    cccpr wrote:*sigh* They need one in Chicago city limits, dang it. :(


    Yes, because there's not much else to eat in the city of Chicago. We clearly need more fast food.


    I dont disagree there are diners in the city of Chicago that make fine burgers - maybe even comparable to Culvers ;-) But please tell me of a spot that serves decent cheese-curds and a good frozen custard anywhere in the Chicago city limits (preferably near the North Side), and I'll happily start frequenting it (and talking about it) more than I would Culver's.

    (For the record, when I am in Milwaukee I *never* eat at Culver's - its only the poor man's Kopps, after all. But it does an as good or better frozen custard than anyplace in Chicago that Ive tried - as good IMHO, and a better value, than the overhyped LTH-loved non-chain Scooter's; and their burgers are better, too ;-)

    c8w
  • Post #35 - April 30th, 2010, 6:49 pm
    Post #35 - April 30th, 2010, 6:49 pm Post #35 - April 30th, 2010, 6:49 pm
    I can't get a good Taylor Ham & Egg sandwich in Chicago, but it doesn't mean I want my favorite New Jersey diner to open up in Chicago (well, maybe I do, but for other reasons). Maybe some things are just "of their place".

    BTW, I think you can get cheese curds at Blue Frog but I cannot attest to their quality.

    Blue Frog Bar & Grill
    676 N. LaSalle
    Chicago, IL 60654
    (312) 943-8900
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    -Josh

    I've started blogging about the Stuff I Eat
  • Post #36 - April 30th, 2010, 6:50 pm
    Post #36 - April 30th, 2010, 6:50 pm Post #36 - April 30th, 2010, 6:50 pm
    c8w wrote:(For the record, when I'am in Milwaukee I *never* eat at Culver's - its only the poor man's Kopps, after all.
    Poor man's Kopp's indeed, my feeling exactly. Though I do like Cluver's walleye.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #37 - April 30th, 2010, 7:38 pm
    Post #37 - April 30th, 2010, 7:38 pm Post #37 - April 30th, 2010, 7:38 pm
    As far as walleye is concerned, I don't see in the logic in knocking Culver's for being a "fast food" restaurant, as if that necessarily implies something substandard. I think fried fish is "fast food" regardless of where you buy it. It's really kind of hard to make fried fish any "better" by serving it on a white table cloth with a bottle of good wine.
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #38 - April 30th, 2010, 8:03 pm
    Post #38 - April 30th, 2010, 8:03 pm Post #38 - April 30th, 2010, 8:03 pm
    Cogito wrote:As far as walleye is concerned, I don't see in the logic in knocking Culver's for being a "fast food" restaurant, as if that necessarily implies something substandard. I think fried fish is "fast food" regardless of where you buy it. It's really kind of hard to make fried fish any "better" by serving it on a white table cloth with a bottle of good wine.


    No, but if some people pay 3x more for the same product, they think it is better.
  • Post #39 - April 30th, 2010, 8:37 pm
    Post #39 - April 30th, 2010, 8:37 pm Post #39 - April 30th, 2010, 8:37 pm
    Subject: Fishwish

    Cathy2 wrote:While it is not a Culver's fish sandwich, it is Culver's walleye fish plate:
    Image

    On the day I passed this Culver's, it was the ice cream of the day that brought me in: Heath with bits of toffee mixed into chocolate custard.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #40 - April 30th, 2010, 9:40 pm
    Post #40 - April 30th, 2010, 9:40 pm Post #40 - April 30th, 2010, 9:40 pm
    Cathy, you're a wimp. I got the 3 piece dinner. Hey, when I can fix my walleye Jones, I gotta go for it. And you REALLY need to try the chocolate eclair custard.
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #41 - May 1st, 2010, 5:16 am
    Post #41 - May 1st, 2010, 5:16 am Post #41 - May 1st, 2010, 5:16 am
    aschie30 wrote:I'm just about done with carpetbagger fast food joints. Wake me up when In and Out decides to come here.


    I hear In and Out serves actual carpet and not just the bags. :wink:

    The thing I like best about Culver's is the chance to post this picture every time a thread is started.

    These are the kind of clowns that eat at Culver's
    Image
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #42 - May 1st, 2010, 3:47 pm
    Post #42 - May 1st, 2010, 3:47 pm Post #42 - May 1st, 2010, 3:47 pm
    MincyBits wrote:The Culver's nearest me was pretty tasty, recently -- I got a Butterburger and Llama got a double. Not only was his juicier, but also butterier! Both were tasty, but the double was much moreso. I'll try the walleye next time I'm there.


    Seems to happen more often than not. If I get a single often the cheese isn't even melted but I've never had problems with doubles. Doubles always seem made fresh while I am unsure about singles. Maybe it is just the Culver's near me however that suffers from this(Schaumburg on Algonquin).
  • Post #43 - May 1st, 2010, 8:49 pm
    Post #43 - May 1st, 2010, 8:49 pm Post #43 - May 1st, 2010, 8:49 pm
    I will always stop first at any Mom and Pop/Indy/non-chained place when on the road, wherever we are. BUT, my favorite "chain" place is Culver's. They have steamed green beans with onions and just a gazillion non-burger options. My kids are happy with their fast food action (gasp! without plastic crap toys!) but I can get the Walleye or the Roast Beef Sandwich or soup or so many choices. I know it's still not as healthy as eating a watercress salad in your car . . . but it's my preference for fast food.

    bjt
    "eating is an agricultural act" wendell berry
  • Post #44 - May 1st, 2010, 9:29 pm
    Post #44 - May 1st, 2010, 9:29 pm Post #44 - May 1st, 2010, 9:29 pm
    Nobody mentioned fried cheese curds? The ability to upgrade to them from standard fries on a "basket" was my standard meal when I was sititng in waiting rooms in a Rockford hospital a couple years ago.

    Undoubtedly one of the best sides of any chain, along with Popeye's onion rings.
    Others?
    Possibly Arby's potato cakes, only because it's like a big honkin' Tater Tot. And there's horsey sauce, evil tho it is.
    Maybe Steak 'n' Shake's chilli -- it's not the world's best chilli, but it's great for fast food. (Side rant: you can't choose any two sides for a platter anymore at SnS, it's an upcharge to get anything but fries for the first).
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #45 - May 1st, 2010, 9:43 pm
    Post #45 - May 1st, 2010, 9:43 pm Post #45 - May 1st, 2010, 9:43 pm
    JoelF wrote:Nobody mentioned fried cheese curds?

    actually I think you're the 5th or 6th person in the thread to mention them.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #46 - May 1st, 2010, 10:29 pm
    Post #46 - May 1st, 2010, 10:29 pm Post #46 - May 1st, 2010, 10:29 pm
    bjt wrote:I know it's still not as healthy as eating a watercress salad in your car . . .
    Always my first choice. :shock:
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #47 - May 1st, 2010, 11:52 pm
    Post #47 - May 1st, 2010, 11:52 pm Post #47 - May 1st, 2010, 11:52 pm
    and now starts my favorite part: the complaining about the complaining about the thread.

    I have a complaint about your post - I'm tired of all this complaining about people complaining in a complaint thread. If people want to complain about complaints regarding complaints, then they should go start a complaint³ thread.[/quote]

    I came here for an argument!
    trpt2345
  • Post #48 - May 2nd, 2010, 12:14 am
    Post #48 - May 2nd, 2010, 12:14 am Post #48 - May 2nd, 2010, 12:14 am
    trpt2345 wrote:I have a complaint about your post -

    This is ~cute~ and all that, but how about we switch non Culvers responses to This Thread Sucks
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #49 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:33 am
    Post #49 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:33 am Post #49 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:33 am
    JoelF wrote:Nobody mentioned fried cheese curds? The ability to upgrade to them from standard fries on a "basket" was my standard ).



    the curds were mentioned a couple times back on page 1 of the thread, before the off topic stuff started.
  • Post #50 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:38 am
    Post #50 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:38 am Post #50 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:38 am
    Not only are the cheese curds mentioned, but now there are multiple mentions of the the mentions.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #51 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:42 am
    Post #51 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:42 am Post #51 - May 2nd, 2010, 6:42 am
    Kennyz wrote:Not only are the cheese curds mentioned, but now there are multiple mentions of the the mentions.


    somehow seems appropriate for this thread.. :lol:
  • Post #52 - May 6th, 2010, 8:27 am
    Post #52 - May 6th, 2010, 8:27 am Post #52 - May 6th, 2010, 8:27 am
    I dont get to Culvers very often, only on road trips, but it is one of my favorite chains. Especially the deep-fried cheese curds.

    But I was really disappointed in the curds yesterday in Champaign. The breading had some really super hot and spicy coating. Really hot! Like millions of scovilles. Ive sent Culvers a note and will share their response once I get it. In the meantime, does anyone know if this is a new option with the curds or a permanent change? A regional thing?
  • Post #53 - May 6th, 2010, 8:45 am
    Post #53 - May 6th, 2010, 8:45 am Post #53 - May 6th, 2010, 8:45 am
    In the meantime, does anyone know if this is a new option with the curds or a permanent change?


    They're offering the Chipotle Cheese Curds for a limited time only. Appreciate your sensitivity to spiciness but "millions of scovilles" they're not.
  • Post #54 - May 6th, 2010, 9:22 am
    Post #54 - May 6th, 2010, 9:22 am Post #54 - May 6th, 2010, 9:22 am
    I don't know why I never thought if it but I am not definitely incorporating some jalepeno in to the breading next time I fry up some cheese curds. Thanks Culver's!
  • Post #55 - May 6th, 2010, 9:29 am
    Post #55 - May 6th, 2010, 9:29 am Post #55 - May 6th, 2010, 9:29 am
    trpt2345 wrote:
    and now starts my favorite part: the complaining about the complaining about the thread.

    I have a complaint about your post - I'm tired of all this complaining about people complaining in a complaint thread. If people want to complain about complaints regarding complaints, then they should go start a complaint³ thread.

    I came here for an argument!


    Oh, oh, I'm sorry, but this is abuse.
  • Post #56 - May 6th, 2010, 12:57 pm
    Post #56 - May 6th, 2010, 12:57 pm Post #56 - May 6th, 2010, 12:57 pm
    The Culvers scheduled to open in Morton Grove is on hold, (apparently there are financing problems)... I was really looking forward to those spicy cheese curds :twisted: (somebody should mention the cheese curds... repeatedly.)
    You can't prepare for a disaster when you are in the midst of it.


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  • Post #57 - May 6th, 2010, 1:15 pm
    Post #57 - May 6th, 2010, 1:15 pm Post #57 - May 6th, 2010, 1:15 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:
    In the meantime, does anyone know if this is a new option with the curds or a permanent change?


    They're offering the Chipotle Cheese Curds for a limited time only. Appreciate your sensitivity to spiciness but "millions of scovilles" they're not.


    I love fried cheese curds. I love spicy foods. I do not love the chipotle cheese curds when I tried them last year.
    When I grow up, I'm going to Bovine University!
  • Post #58 - May 6th, 2010, 1:21 pm
    Post #58 - May 6th, 2010, 1:21 pm Post #58 - May 6th, 2010, 1:21 pm
    Admittedly, I was exaggerating about "millions of scovilles" and I like Chipotle accented stuff. But these curdicles were more like Habanero Curds. Just burn. No smoky flavor. Way too hot! It was like dipping their regular curds in Dave's Insanity Sauce.

    A rare Culver's misstep. By the time I visit them again, I hope they bring back the regular strength curds.
  • Post #59 - May 6th, 2010, 3:47 pm
    Post #59 - May 6th, 2010, 3:47 pm Post #59 - May 6th, 2010, 3:47 pm
    I've never understood the vitriol leveled by many here at upscale fast food. There are many restaurants and types of cuisine discussed that I have no interest in, so I stay out of those threads. Simple. Some of you should try it.
  • Post #60 - May 6th, 2010, 4:48 pm
    Post #60 - May 6th, 2010, 4:48 pm Post #60 - May 6th, 2010, 4:48 pm
    Build a man a fire and he is warm for a day...
    Set a man on fire and he is warm for the rest of his life
    --Jesuit priest during the inquisition


    I know this is off-topic, but this cracked me up. See you in Hell, Tortminder! :twisted:

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