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#1 Post by Jonathan Sirot » October 31st, 2018, 2:30 pm

So i was looking at an article online that rated 8 of the most popular fast food burgers. Of course the usual suspects were included and their analysis I thought was on target. Burger King and McDonalds of course were just ok and Wendys a bit better. I agree. They also really liked the Sonic burger. This surprised me as I thought of them as a good place to get shakes but was unimpressed with their hot dog hence I hadn't gone back now I will. I do like Steak n Shake a lot but they are not in Ct. They also are not super fast but darn tasty. The big surprise for me was Culvers, their number one pick. I had never heard of them and assumed there were none in my state. I checked their website and sure enough they have 2 in my state, One is over and hour away , but the 2nd location is about 15 minutes from my home. I am now very curious and will try it. My question for the board is have any others tried and what are your thoughts, and are there any other unmentioned chains you like ? I don't eat fast food too often but a quick fix is fun every once in a while if good quality.

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#2 Post by David K o l i n » October 31st, 2018, 3:05 pm

The first Culver burger I had was excellent. The second, not so much. Maybe not enough butter. I don’t know what to attribute the difference to. The burgers are handformed and the meat is fresh.

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#3 Post by AlexS » October 31st, 2018, 5:50 pm

Culvers was far better in the 90s when they first started. That said, they're still above most every other fast food burger for a chain of their size, at least in the Midwest.
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#4 Post by Michael Martin » October 31st, 2018, 5:51 pm

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Culvers was far better in the 90s when they first started. That said, they're still above most every other fast food burger for a chain of their size, at least in the Midwest.
Is Kopp’s still good? I remember going there when I lived in Milwaukee.

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#5 Post by AlexS » October 31st, 2018, 5:58 pm

Michael Martin wrote:
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Culvers was far better in the 90s when they first started. That said, they're still above most every other fast food burger for a chain of their size, at least in the Midwest.
Is Kopp’s still good? I remember going there when I lived in Milwaukee.
Kopp's hasn't changed at all, jumbo burgers exactly the same and the fries are still fresh (albeit just as over-salted and a bit soggy). I grab food from them every 1-2 years as an extremely guilty pleasure.

Fyi, in case you were wondering, Solly's hasn't changed at all.
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#6 Post by Michael Martin » October 31st, 2018, 6:07 pm

AlexS wrote:
October 31st, 2018, 5:58 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
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AlexS wrote:
October 31st, 2018, 5:50 pm
Culvers was far better in the 90s when they first started. That said, they're still above most every other fast food burger for a chain of their size, at least in the Midwest.
Is Kopp’s still good? I remember going there when I lived in Milwaukee.
Kopp's hasn't changed at all, jumbo burgers exactly the same and the fries are still fresh (albeit just as over-salted and a bit soggy). I grab food from them every 1-2 years as an extremely guilty pleasure.

Fyi, in case you were wondering, Solly's hasn't changed at all.
Milwaukee always had good burgers and great pizza.

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#7 Post by Kenny H » October 31st, 2018, 7:31 pm

We have a Culvers. Tried twice. It is better than chains for sure but pales in comparison to the big hitters. My references of In n Out and 5 Guys blow them out of the water. Repeatedly.
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#8 Post by Chris Blum » October 31st, 2018, 8:01 pm

Culver’s is bottom tier for me. Bland
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#9 Post by TimF » November 1st, 2018, 6:37 am

Culver’s is ok IMO. Their limited time specialty burgers can be pretty good. I like the current pretzel bun burger. You can get fried cheese curds instead of fries (extra $). I love them but I hate myself after eating them.

I think their fish sandwich is the most underrated thing on their menu.
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#10 Post by Jim Stewart » November 1st, 2018, 7:11 am

+1 for Steak n Shake . . . burger with "Happy Hour" shake one of our late lunch pleasures when in FL

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#11 Post by Jonathan Sirot » November 1st, 2018, 8:14 am

I will try Culvers and will echo that 5 guys burgers AND fries both are excellent.

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#12 Post by AlexS » November 1st, 2018, 10:51 am

Unless 5 Guys started implementing drive-thru, not a good comparison to Culvers.
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#13 Post by John Davis » November 1st, 2018, 1:52 pm

We have Steak & Shake, Culvers and 5 Guys (among the other usual suspects) in town. I feel like Steak & Shake's quality has gone down-at least in our area. 5 Guys is likely the best in town but Culvers is just behind them. That is among chains, we have some pretty good independents but that is beside the point.

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#14 Post by Michae1 P0wers » November 17th, 2018, 7:34 am

John Davis wrote:
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We have Steak & Shake, Culvers and 5 Guys (among the other usual suspects) in town. I feel like Steak & Shake's quality has gone down-at least in our area. 5 Guys is likely the best in town but Culvers is just behind them. That is among chains, we have some pretty good independents but that is beside the point.

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I agree about Steak & Shake. They used to be really good when I was younger but now I'm not impressed. I think they tried to drop prices and quality dropped as well. Still not bad, but definitely not something I'd seek out. I feel they are similar to Culver's. The burger is at Culvers is decent, but the fries are terrible.

We have some local places that I put at the top, Hi-Pointe Drive In is my favorite and a few others are also excellent as well, then probably Shake Shack for the chains (again, not that impressed by the fries), followed by Five Guys. We don't have In and Out. For the most part if I want to get a burger out I'll go to Hi Pointe; excellent burgers and other sandwiches, great shakes, good beer selection. Falls just a bit behind Shake Shack for price, so not cheap. That said, if convenience isn't an issue, I'm almost always happier with a burger that I've made at home.

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#15 Post by ryancurry » November 17th, 2018, 7:56 am

I haven't had any drive through burger as good as In n Out or Habit.
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#16 Post by Brian Tuite » November 17th, 2018, 8:41 am

ryancurry wrote:
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I haven't had any drive through burger as good as In n Out or Habit.
Unfortunately there is nothing fast about In N Out. We have a Habit Burger in Santa Rosa and another in Rohnert Park but I have never been. Maybe I should try?
None of those others mentioned exist in our part of the world.
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#17 Post by Joe B » November 17th, 2018, 8:56 am

Culver’s is the gold standard fast food burger. Portillo’s is right there too.

I will only sa this about in n out burger. They are missing the clown otherwise it’s a great clone of McD’s.
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#18 Post by TimF » November 17th, 2018, 9:21 am

I think Portillo’s burger is way better than Culver’s. I also think In N Out is way better than McDonalds. In N Out has a very unique flavor — especially animal style that I really dig.
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#19 Post by ERPark » November 17th, 2018, 11:06 am

Joe B wrote:
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I will only sa this about in n out burger. They are missing the clown otherwise it’s a great clone of McD’s.
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#20 Post by John Davis » November 17th, 2018, 1:14 pm

TimF wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 9:21 am
I think Portillo’s burger is way better than Culver’s. I also think In N Out is way better than McDonalds. In N Out has a very unique flavor — especially animal style that I really dig.
Forgot about Portillo’s. Agree.

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#21 Post by Jonathan Sirot » November 18th, 2018, 5:10 am

There appears to be some jokester who was listing Culvers locations in both Wallingford and Mystic Ct. Yet none of them exist in Ct although the street names are real the phone numbers belong to insurance companies and a carpet business if i recall. I don't know why the hell morons create all of this phony stuff which doesn't even earn them a dime or support any political agenda.

I realize I should not have called 5 guys fast food as it does take 10 or 12 minutes to cook your burger, Well worth it as the burgers and fries are superb, . Not just quality ingredients but smart marketing with the peanuts which I eat a few dozen of while I wait.

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#22 Post by ryancurry » November 18th, 2018, 8:59 am

ERPark wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 11:06 am
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November 17th, 2018, 8:56 am
I will only sa this about in n out burger. They are missing the clown otherwise it’s a great clone of McD’s.
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#23 Post by alan weinberg » November 18th, 2018, 11:16 am

ryancurry wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 7:56 am
I haven't had any drive through burger as good as In n Out or Habit.
have you tried Fatburger—the King burger is the best. Fresh meat or not, In’n’Out meat is like it was run over by a steamroller, don’t like it. Accoutrements are fine if bun is toasted.

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#24 Post by Joe B » November 18th, 2018, 2:35 pm

ryancurry wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 8:59 am
ERPark wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 11:06 am
Joe B wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 8:56 am
I will only sa this about in n out burger. They are missing the clown otherwise it’s a great clone of McD’s.
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Not sure why it needs to be all that. It’s just my opinion. And many millions of people like McD’s. Some people think White Castle has great sliders, even when they are not drunk with the munchies at 2AM.
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#25 Post by Eric Ifune » November 18th, 2018, 2:55 pm

To me, fast food joints require a drive thru. If not, they are purely a sit down place and a different beast altogether.

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#26 Post by Brian Tuite » November 18th, 2018, 4:41 pm

Eric Ifune wrote:
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To me, fast food joints require a drive thru. If not, they are purely a sit down place and a different beast altogether.
If you drive a high profile vehicle they are all walk-in restaurants that offer to-go meals.
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#27 Post by TimF » November 19th, 2018, 8:48 am

John Davis wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 1:14 pm
TimF wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 9:21 am
I think Portillo’s burger is way better than Culver’s. I also think In N Out is way better than McDonalds. In N Out has a very unique flavor — especially animal style that I really dig.
Forgot about Portillo’s. Agree.

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#28 Post by Alan Eden » November 19th, 2018, 10:05 am

alan weinberg wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 11:16 am
ryancurry wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 7:56 am
I haven't had any drive through burger as good as In n Out or Habit.
have you tried Fatburger—the King burger is the best. Fresh meat or not, In’n’Out meat is like it was run over by a steamroller, don’t like it. Accoutrements are fine if bun is toasted.
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#29 Post by Alan Eden » November 19th, 2018, 10:06 am

Jonathan Sirot wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 5:10 am
There appears to be some jokester who was listing Culvers locations in both Wallingford and Mystic Ct. Yet none of them exist in Ct although the street names are real the phone numbers belong to insurance companies and a carpet business if i recall. I don't know why the hell morons create all of this phony stuff which doesn't even earn them a dime or support any political agenda.

I realize I should not have called 5 guys fast food as it does take 10 or 12 minutes to cook your burger, Well worth it as the burgers and fries are superb, . Not just quality ingredients but smart marketing with the peanuts which I eat a few dozen of while I wait.
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Jonathan Sirot wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 5:10 am
There appears to be some jokester who was listing Culvers locations in both Wallingford and Mystic Ct. Yet none of them exist in Ct although the street names are real the phone numbers belong to insurance companies and a carpet business if i recall. I don't know why the hell morons create all of this phony stuff which doesn't even earn them a dime or support any political agenda.
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#31 Post by Jonathan Sirot » November 19th, 2018, 8:05 pm

Ah it's all about psychological disruption that I think Alex Jones pioneered.

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#32 Post by ERPark » November 20th, 2018, 2:39 pm

Joe B wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 2:35 pm
ryancurry wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 8:59 am
ERPark wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 11:06 am

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Not sure why it needs to be all that. It’s just my opinion. And many millions of people like McD’s. Some people think White Castle has great sliders, even when they are not drunk with the munchies at 2AM.
If you can't taste the qualitative differences between an In N Out burger to any McD's burger, then there's really not much to discuss here. My sons are OK with McDonald's, but they absolutely love In N Out. When I asked them why, they ticked off a list of reasons that all pointed back to three things - fresh ingredients, better preparation and much tastier.
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#33 Post by Mark Golodetz » November 21st, 2018, 4:25 am

Smash burger is greasy and good; but my local hole in the wall bar/ restaurant, Squires in Briarcliff, makes some of the best burgers I have ever had.
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#34 Post by Mike Stoneking » November 21st, 2018, 5:09 am

Definitely try Habit!
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November 17th, 2018, 7:56 am
I haven't had any drive through burger as good as In n Out or Habit.
Unfortunately there is nothing fast about In N Out. We have a Habit Burger in Santa Rosa and another in Rohnert Park but I have never been. Maybe I should try?
None of those others mentioned exist in our part of the world.
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#35 Post by Brian Tuite » November 21st, 2018, 7:39 am

Mike Stoneking wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 5:09 am
Definitely try Habit!
Brian Tuite wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 8:41 am
ryancurry wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 7:56 am
I haven't had any drive through burger as good as In n Out or Habit.
Unfortunately there is nothing fast about In N Out. We have a Habit Burger in Santa Rosa and another in Rohnert Park but I have never been. Maybe I should try?
None of those others mentioned exist in our part of the world.
OK then, I’ll go for lunch today!
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#36 Post by ryancurry » November 21st, 2018, 8:51 am

Habit is good. Double Char with Cheese. Regular and grilled onions. Boom!
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#37 Post by David Wright » November 21st, 2018, 10:31 am

I noticed a Habit near the REI here. Will have to give it a try. How are the fries (and the tempura green beans, for that matter)?

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#38 Post by ryancurry » November 21st, 2018, 2:23 pm

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I noticed a Habit near the REI here. Will have to give it a try. How are the fries (and the tempura green beans, for that matter)?
I'm not a big fry guy, but the tempura green beans are nicely done. I get them often. Probably too often.
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#39 Post by Brian Tuite » November 21st, 2018, 5:38 pm

I had a Double Bacon Cheese Habit Char, onion rings and Sriracha Green Beans. The burger was good enough. Quality ingredients but it doesn’t stand out above the others IMHO. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Flannery burgers. Maybe if they flame grilledthem there would be a char on them that adds that extra oomph.
I’d buy the green beans again.
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#40 Post by Randy Bowman » November 21st, 2018, 7:30 pm

It all comes down to personal taste and over the years I've "moved on" from the new hyped burger. In and Out, Wendy's and McDonalds are soylent green, griddle fried greasy burgers. Burger King is a cut above with their flame cooked burger and they used to have a great back up spicy chicken sandwich. My fast food burger of choice for the last 10 years has been Carl's Jr., Six Dollar burger with bacon. When they started making their own buns on site, they were even better, but I did notice the bun was smaller and the burger was hanging out all over. I quit smoking in April and food is starting to taste different. My Six Dollar burger wasn't as tasty as it was a year ago and I notice many things are salty that weren't before. The best griddle cooked burger I had was Red Rock North's Bacon Cheese burger. Anybody else here remember when hot dogs were ten cents, burgers 15 or 20 and cheese was 2 cents more? That's the way it was at the Gedunk at Brady Air Force Base, Japan, in 1960.
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#41 Post by Scott G r u n e r » November 23rd, 2018, 3:55 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 10:06 am
Jonathan Sirot wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 5:10 am
There appears to be some jokester who was listing Culvers locations in both Wallingford and Mystic Ct. Yet none of them exist in Ct although the street names are real the phone numbers belong to insurance companies and a carpet business if i recall. I don't know why the hell morons create all of this phony stuff which doesn't even earn them a dime or support any political agenda.

I realize I should not have called 5 guys fast food as it does take 10 or 12 minutes to cook your burger, Well worth it as the burgers and fries are superb, . Not just quality ingredients but smart marketing with the peanuts which I eat a few dozen of while I wait.
5 guys fries are awesome, burgers are meh at best
Hmm. Will disagree. Wish the buns were a bit sturdier, but love me a lbc all the way plus jalapeno.
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#42 Post by p@ulbortin » December 2nd, 2018, 5:45 am

alan weinberg wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 11:16 am
ryancurry wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 7:56 am
I haven't had any drive through burger as good as In n Out or Habit.
have you tried Fatburger—the King burger is the best. Fresh meat or not, In’n’Out meat is like it was run over by a steamroller, don’t like it. Accoutrements are fine if bun is toasted.
I’ve tried In & Out five or six times and still can’t find any flavor. The most bland burger out there.

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#43 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 2nd, 2018, 9:20 pm

Michael Martin wrote:
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Culvers was far better in the 90s when they first started. That said, they're still above most every other fast food burger for a chain of their size, at least in the Midwest.
Is Kopp’s still good? I remember going there when I lived in Milwaukee.
Kopp's is far better than Culver's, which has gone 'corporate', so to speak (franchises, grow faster than needed, etc)
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Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

#44 Post by David K o l i n » December 3rd, 2018, 5:26 am

Small Cheval is pretty good, but still small. I do lone Au Cheval

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Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

#45 Post by Brad S c h i e r » December 3rd, 2018, 6:24 am

Here in Texas it is Whataburger for me and then local places. Light years better than In and Out, etc which have struggled in Texas. Honestly, IN and Out which I think is the most overrated fast food food I have ever had. Their fries are offensively bad.

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#46 Post by Scott G r u n e r » December 4th, 2018, 7:43 am

Will leave the possibility that it was just a bad franchise, but the whataburger I went to in arkansas was mediocre at best. I admit I have some bias against places that use styro cups as well.
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Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

#47 Post by Gary Schulte » December 9th, 2018, 5:42 am

Agree with Scott that the 5 Guys buns are terrible and fall apart too easily. Our 5 Guys split out of town after a 5-6 year run. They could not complete with local restaurant burgers including a take out Greek family pizzeria which makes the best fries ever to go along with a great burger which you can have any way you like. A rancher friend in town just opened his own grass fed beef fast food burger joint called Graze. The burger is dry but is saved by a "secret sauce" and a sturdy bun. His fries suck but maybe he'll figure that out. I must admit my historical standard for burgers use to be Bob's Big Boy in SoCal.

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Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

#48 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » December 9th, 2018, 6:05 am

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December 9th, 2018, 5:42 am
Agree with Scott that the 5 Guys buns are terrible and fall apart too easily. Our 5 Guys split out of town after a 5-6 year run. They could not complete with local restaurant burgers including a take out Greek family pizzeria which makes the best fries ever to go along with a great burger which you can have any way you like. A rancher friend in town just opened his own grass fed beef fast food burger joint called Graze. The burger is dry but is saved by a "secret sauce" and a sturdy bun. His fries suck but maybe he'll figure that out. I must admit my historical standard for burgers use to be Bob's Big Boy in SoCal.
But you live in England. In a noted burger town like Boston, I don't think a 5 Guys has evah closed (although I agree, I would much prefer to go to a real burger place over any of these fast food joints, even Shake Shack).
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