I told myself at the beginning of the year that for my domestic travels I would make it my business to try not only the local favorites but to try fast food joints that otherwise I wouldn’t run into living on the East Coast. On my most recent trip to Chicago, I had the opportunity to try a regional favorite known as Culvers. Now from what was told to me, they’re known for their crinkle cut fries, frozen custard and of course their cheese curds made with 100% real Wisconsin cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

The featured pic you see was what I ended up getting on my first run there. It’s a requirement to try one of their ButterBurgers, made with the fresh tasting beef that put them on the map in the first place. Mine was, of course, a double with bacon, but I couldn’t stop there. The fries and the cheese curds were along for the ride and let me tell you I never had anything as amazing as those cheese curds(ok maybe other things lol). The best part was seeing that each individual curd either had mozzarella or cheddar. It was practically a cheesy mystery with each bite.

Honest to God, I’m hooked for real, and when I know I’ll touch down in the Chicago area, this will be one of the stops I have to make before I do anything else. Now on to more states and more regional chains to conquer.

P.S. If you’re interested, Thrillist came up with a list of the best fast food spots in the country that would put McDonald’s to shame:

Thrillist: REGIONAL FAST-FOOD CHAINS THAT NEED TO BE EVERYWHERE, IMMEDIATELY

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