Eatbeat: Culver's offers a quick bite to eat, no matter the season

Marilyn Hagerty

Butter burgers and frozen custard get most attention year round from people who stop by Culver’s on 32nd Avenue South. This time of year, during Lent, there are more calls for North Atlantic cod as well as jumbo shrimp and walleye.

When I go there periodically, I prefer the large dining room with windows all around. This week with my granddaughter Anne Sandstrom (GAS), there was time for a quick late afternoon meeting.

I chose North Atlantic Cod sandwich, which was PG (pretty good) and seemed appropriate at the beginning of Lent. However, my preference is for what they call a ButterBurger and soft drink.

It seems a stop at Culver’s is most agreeable when meeting friends with children. It’s also quick and easy to meet up with GAS who is a UND student.

Service is quick. Customers order at the counter and the food is delivered to tables nearby or in the large dining room. Choices range from ButterBurgers to sandwiches and chicken tenders. Then there are dinners including North Atlantic Cod, Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp, Beet Pot Roast and Chopped Steak.


Seating in the counter area seems popular. However, the large dining room with windows all around is a good place to visit and relax. Food ordered at the counter is delivered to the tables. The servers are exceptionally courteous and helpful.

The Grand Forks operator of Culver’s is Sherri Didrikson. And the restaurant which opened here in 2004 has seating for around 120 people.

While North Atlantic Cod gets more calls in winter, representatives of Culver’s report butterfly jumbo shrimp and also walleye get more attention during Lent. Last year, the company nationally sold out of walleye, which is available this year until April 12. Or until supplies run out.

During summers since 2007, there have been weekly gatherings of people interested in vintage cars. And during summer the ButterBurgers along with Frozen Custard are the top choices. While Cod is a favorite, Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp and Walleye get more calls during Lent, according to Marcie Waters who is a national account executive. This year, she said the walleye is available until April 12 – or as long as supplies last.

Culver’s has been operating more than 35 years and now has over 700 family-owned and operated restaurants in 25 states. The company reports signature items as the ButterBurger and its fresh frozen custard with a flavor of the day program.



3451 32 nd Ave. S.

Telephone: 772-9199


Local franchisee: Sherri Didrickson

Seating for 120

Report card: Windows all around. Service at tables is good. The setting provides a pleasant place for visiting. Food is consistent in quality. Parking along with drive through is convenient. Rest rooms are clean.

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