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best soft serve ice cream or custard

MarkG Dec 6, 2007 01:06 PM

looking for a quality well above the level of DQ or Carvel. in any state

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    Cathy RE: MarkG Dec 6, 2007 01:55 PM


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      cmhosu RE: Cathy Jul 27, 2008 06:55 PM

      I think that Schmidt's Fudge Haus in German Village, Ohio serves great vanilla custard. Please let me,m jknow what you think... My kids and parents love going there...

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      Lucia RE: MarkG Dec 6, 2007 01:56 PM

      In NYC, Shake Shack

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        yankeefan RE: MarkG Dec 6, 2007 01:58 PM

        in jersey, soft serve Jersey Freeze.

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          diablo RE: yankeefan Dec 28, 2007 04:35 PM

          Second yankeefan. Jersey Freeze round these parts. And I don't even really like ice cream.

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            Tay RE: diablo Dec 28, 2007 04:37 PM

            Location please?

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              diablo RE: Tay Dec 28, 2007 07:34 PM

              120 Manalapan Ave.
              Freehold NJ
              (732) 462-3008

              This place has the good stuff. My first job ever was at Carvel in Jackson NJ. Despite my *non-love* of ice cream, I've eaten more than my share :).

        2. stellamystar RE: MarkG Dec 6, 2007 02:19 PM

          In Kansas City area - Sheridan's! (Custard)

          Honorable Mention - Foo's (Custard)

          Ice Cream - Sylas & Maddys (in KC and in Lawrence)

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            foodwich RE: MarkG Dec 6, 2007 06:18 PM

            In Michigan, Ritter's frozen custard

            1. ccbweb RE: MarkG Dec 6, 2007 06:32 PM

              My wife and I are huge fans of Kohr Brother's custard. The Vanilla/Orange swirl is a great combination.

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                valerie RE: ccbweb Dec 25, 2007 03:12 PM

                Kohr Bros. is great and also if you happen to be in St. Louis (they also do mail order) Ted Drewes is fantastic.

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                  rln RE: valerie Feb 6, 2008 09:35 PM

                  How can I place a mail order? I don't see the info on the website. Thanks!

                  I'd like to send it to someone getting his tonsils out next week!

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                    valerie RE: rln Feb 7, 2008 10:43 AM

                    If this doesn't link directly to the ordering page, there is a section on the website "How To Order".


              2. amymsmom RE: MarkG Dec 6, 2007 06:36 PM

                Marvel in Lido Beach, NY (don't know if it's open for the winter).

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                  amymsmom RE: amymsmom Mar 1, 2008 01:48 PM

                  Drove past Marvel this afternoon. It's open again! Now I need an excuse for all those smooth delicious calories.

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                  Diane in Bexley RE: MarkG Dec 7, 2007 04:43 AM

                  If you are into custard, you need to visit Milwaukee, WI. Been several years since we have been there, but there is one (Ghille's??) On Indian Mound Rd. just a few minutes from the zoo and Kopp's.

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                    Living4fun RE: Diane in Bexley Dec 25, 2007 02:58 PM

                    It's Gille's and it's on Bluemound Rd in Wauwatosa, just east of 76th st. It is very good and Milwaukee does have several to choose from. I think every custard stand has a flavor of the day and Kopps even has a hotline that you can call to get the selections.

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                    Kelli2006 RE: MarkG Dec 7, 2007 09:27 AM

                    In N-E Ohio, Stricklands is the best. Cleveland has both Honey hut and Malleys that are also very good.


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                      jjo RE: Kelli2006 Dec 7, 2007 02:15 PM

                      Kopp's in Milwaukee is the best I've ever had (three locations). Ted Drewe's in St. Louis is justly famous, but not as good as Kopp's in my view. Here in Chicago, the best place is a small one called Scooter's. All of these are so much better than DQ or Carvel so as to be virtually a different food. Real frozen custard is not soft serve ice cream; it's a different product.

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                        windycity RE: jjo Dec 25, 2007 03:52 AM

                        Haven't been to Ted Drewe's but Kopp's custard rocks my world. Am driving there in a few days to fulfill my need for smooth creamy delicious.

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                          maria lorraine RE: windycity Jul 31, 2008 02:23 PM

                          Ted Drewes is the best I've ever had, though I remember the Pig 'n' Whistle in Milwaukee too!

                          The best gourmet soft serve? Sketch, in Berkeley, as Morton the Mousse writes.

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                      taboo RE: MarkG Dec 25, 2007 02:16 PM

                      Tasti d -lite for yogurt and Cones for ice cream. Both in NYC

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                        jazzy77 RE: MarkG Dec 26, 2007 10:56 AM

                        Goodberry's in North Carolina.

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                          rockycat RE: jazzy77 Mar 3, 2008 05:42 AM

                          Not hardly. I'm no fan of Carvel (wouldn't eat their soft serve if you paid me) but I'd put Goodberry's at many steps below Carvel. All their flavors, no matter what color, taste like artificial vanilla.

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                          SuziQ RE: MarkG Dec 26, 2007 11:23 AM

                          Freddy's frozen custard is pretty doggone good! They are located in TX, OK, KS, and AZ and if you get a chance to eat there, don't pass it up!

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                            ozhead RE: MarkG Dec 27, 2007 11:00 AM

                            The Elder Ozlette lived in St. Louis for 7 years (college and thereafter), and Ted Drewes was high on my list every time I visited her. I don't know if Kopp's is better, as jjo suggests, but what I do know is that there is nothing equivalent -- or even similar -- to either in southern California. Or ... is there?? Ideas, anyone?

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                              AnneBird RE: MarkG Dec 27, 2007 06:41 PM

                              If you are in the Washington DC area, Dairy Godmother in Del Ray has amazing custard!

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                                ashleyashley RE: MarkG Dec 28, 2007 02:30 PM

                                Kopp's in Milwaukee. They do deliver! kopps.com

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                                  Tay RE: MarkG Dec 28, 2007 02:59 PM

                                  The Kandy Kone in White Lake NY. Only open April-Oct, Well worth the drive from NYC. It's the Real Deal

                                  1. Morton the Mousse RE: MarkG Dec 28, 2007 04:30 PM

                                    Sketch - Berkeley, CA - soft serve

                                    1. John Manzo RE: MarkG Dec 30, 2007 02:42 PM

                                      Michael's Frozen Custard in Madison is better than Kopp's or anything in Milwaukee. And that's a fact, not an opinion.

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                                        andyeats RE: John Manzo Jan 15, 2008 07:25 AM

                                        I second Michael's Frozen Custard! Culver's (also mentioned above) is pretty good as well.

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                                          FrancoItalian Mick RE: andyeats Mar 20, 2008 08:27 PM

                                          I don't claim to be any sort of custard expert, but I second Culver's. Chocolate with Snickers topping is my fave...

                                      2. chelleyd01 RE: MarkG Mar 1, 2008 05:36 PM

                                        I hope YaYaDave or Kelli2006 can help me out remembering a name for this place...

                                        It's about 8 minutes from Beachwood Mall, traveling past the highway enterances, cut a left past the golf course and end up on another main street with a BP gas station on one corner. Make a left and go down a mile or 2 on the left side next to a La-Z-Boy store. East something something Custard. The joint is always packed to the gills and its is amazing!


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                                          Kelli2006 RE: chelleyd01 Mar 1, 2008 07:12 PM

                                          I think this may be what you have in mind.

                                          I never liked Honey Hut or the stuff at Malleys, but Stricklands in Akron is very good.
                                          P.S. You can call me Kelli, as I only added the 2006 to register Kelli, as it was already taken.

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                                            chelleyd01 RE: Kelli2006 Mar 1, 2008 07:26 PM

                                            Holy crap! Thats the place! I love that place! Thank you and that is my vote!

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                                              yayadave RE: chelleyd01 Mar 20, 2008 10:05 PM

                                              Wow! I didn't know about this. It seems like you went from Trader Joe's to Mayfield Rd without going back on the highway. The store in Lynnwood is only about 2 miles from the Costco on Mayfield. I'll remember. Thanks.

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                                                yayadave RE: yayadave Mar 22, 2008 08:15 AM

                                                Oh ho! I looked it up and now I see where you were. Same neck of the woods. Well, in any case, I'll be able to find it next time i'm in the area.

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