The publication Takeout has a hot take about Culver's being better than In-N-Out, and the Midwest couldn't agree more.
Writer Dennis Lee, who has ties to the Midwest, commends In-N-Out burger for being delicious and fresh (and would "slay" in the Midwest) but says there's no comparison to the Wisconsin-based Culver's, with its smash-style burgers on buttered buns, custard, extensive menu and sides.
"Even if we just make a burgers-to-burgers comparison, Culver’s blows In-N-Out out of the water, in my opinion. Just look at the color on that beef. The restaurant uses a classic smash technique that gets as much surface area of the griddle touching that patty as possible so you get a beautiful sear, and with that sear you get beefy flavor. I’ve never seen that color on an In-N-Out burger."
And, many people agree.
Lee does acknowledge that In-N-Out focuses on one big thing — burgers made to order — with fresh toppings, and although the fries are trash and the milkshake is your average milkshake, the chain's reputation of being a good employer "is not something to overlook."
"As much as I enjoy and respect you, In-N-Out, in the end, you can’t hold a candle to what we’ve got in the Heartland. And when it comes to food, I’m not generally a button pusher; I don’t like being divisive. I’m just here to tell you the truth, and it’s that Culver’s is way, way, better than In-N-Out."
One of the commenters on the article dissed the idea of fried cheese curds, saying, "Cheese curds are just sad. Frying them isn't going to fix that."
Go home, commenter.