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fosters freeze, cali

for those of you that have never been to nor, so cal... you should try fosters freeze, been around since forever, great place for cool ice cream treats, I haven't tried there actual food, I mostly go for the desserts. :)

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  1. Is Foster's Freeze still around? I'm happy to hear that. Good times during childhood - driving over the hill to Santa Cruz from San Jose for a day trips to the beach, we'd always stop at Foster's Freeze. I used to get peanut butter milkshakes. So good after playing in the water all day and getting that too-much sun tiredness.

    1. We'd travel from LA up to June Lake every year for a week of fishing and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS stopped at Fosters Freeze along 395. Good memories indeed. i could go for a twist cone right now!

      1. There was still one near downtown Milpitas (San Jose area) as of last year. Great shakes, delicious (but very greasy burgers). The burgers reminded me of a Big T Tastee Freeze burger. Company I worked for went under, so I don't get to that part of the country anymore. I do miss Foster's!

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        1. re: cincychili

          You're kidding me. I spent most of my life in the Bay Area and was in Milpitas a lot. I never knew there was a Foster's Freeze there.

          Darn, I now live 2k miles away and can't check it out. Next trip home, though, I'll put it on the list (along with In N Out, Jamba Juice and Peet's Coffee).

          1. re: swissgirl


            we have the same problem....I spent 25 years in SJ/Milpitas and always went to the FF on the other side of town....right off of 17. I also am now 3K miles away and wish I could get there for a shake. Jamba Juice is another favorite, although I think they're way over priced.

            1. re: swissgirl

              Yeah, it was/is just off of Highway 237. Exact address 78 Serra Way. My company used to put me up at the Super 8(I think it's a different name now) on Main Street in Milpitas during the dot-com era because all the Marriott type hotels were about $250 a night! Long story, short I would walk around after work and one night discovered Foster's.

          2. most el pollo loco's have them as an adjunct.

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            1. re: Emme

              Yeah, except that those are pretty much straight heat-lamp fast food, like McDs. The Fosters Freeze of my youth was more like In&Out still is, but with a big menu--everything was made to order. The same thing happened with A&W--they kept the name but ruined the product.

              1. re: Steve Green

                The Foster's in Milpitas is a little hole in the wall with a gravel parking lot. Menu was fairly extensive and everything was made to order when I was there last. By the way, if anybody ever goes to Portland, Oregon try Mike's Drive In for a "Foster's" like experience. Local three restaurant chain with amazing burgers and an incredible chocolate banana shake.

            2. The one in Menlo Park was open last time I was in MP. Don't know about the food but the ice cream is still very good.

              1. There are three in San Luis Obispo county. Real throwbacks to the 60's. My favorite treat for a hot day is the vanilla cone, dipped. All are independently owned franchises. Let's keep 'em in business.

                SLO location is smack downtown, across form the old location of Old Country Deli. (I wonder how much longer they can survive in the current frenzy of earthquake reffitting of downtown SLO) EZ-IN, EZ-OUT. One minute from 101 if you take the Marsh st exit. Plenty of parking. Interior and sidewalk tables. No drive-through.

                Morro Bay store is at the corner of Piney Way and Morro Bay Blvd. Take the MBB exit from Hiway 1, go about 3 blocks. Parking front and back. No drive-through. Interior seating and sidewalk tables.

                Paso Robles location is north of gentrified downtown in "real Paso Robles". Located strategically across Spring St from the Jr. High; take Hiway 46 exit from 101 and go about 3 blocks west to Spring, turn right, 1/2 block on your right. Drive-through and limited patio seating only.

                Foster's Freeze
                2524 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

                Foster's Freeze
                801 Piney Way, Morro Bay, CA 93442

                Foster's Freeze
                590 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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                1. re: toodie jane

                  Pismo is my hometown so I used to go to the one all of the time in San Luis before I had to move to Reno. I love it with that awesome throwback style. Delicious greasy cheesy burgers and the best ice cream around. Sadly, I hear it's going to get shut down and It's too bad because that place brings back some great memories. Foster's is good no matter which location I visit.

                  1. re: muxz

                    As with so much downtown SLO real estate, the old building will be razed and a new "modern" one erected. No more Foster's Freeze.

                    Anyone wanting to see SLO before it becomes completely 21st Century Gentified, go now.

                2. There's at least one original Fosters in Los Angeles, on Fletcher Drive (technically, Atwater) north of the on-ramp for the 2. It's there until someone opens, say, another Pinkberry up the street.

                  The Menlo Park location was threatened with a tear-down a couple of years back, (see http://www.chowhound.com/topics/319680) though there was an effort to save it. I believe I first ate soft-serve there in about 1959. . .

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                  1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                    I bet that was when they were building those condos with views of CalTrain and the Chevron station. But the new building did vastly improve the Italian restaurant that had been by the tracks for years.

                    When I first moved to CA there was a Fosters around the corner from us in Redwood City. That location is now an Espresso Lane coffee drive through. I miss Fosters but the new owners are local and have really good coffee. And they make a Borgia that is very good.

                  2. I've lived in Cali for 15 years and have never seen a Foster's Freeze here. I grew up in California where there were many.

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                      1. (Putting on my snarky face) -- SYG, when you say "Cali" I hope you're not referring to California. Doing this is a verbal faux pas about on the level of saying "Frisco" or "SFO" when referring to San Francisco. :-(

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                        1. re: Sharuf

                          "Doing this is a verbal faux pas about on the level of saying "Frisco" or "SFO" when referring to San Francisco."

                          So, does this mean there are no "Frisco" burgers in all of Baghdad by the Bay? ;-D>

                          1. re: Servorg

                            I've never even heard of a "Frisco" burger, much less seen or eaten one. Don't think they exist around these parts. People would be too embarrassed to put it on the menu.

                            1. re: Sharuf

                              only Zappa could get away with 'frisco'.

                              1. re: toodie jane

                                The Foster's Freeze in Van Nuys -- CALI -- is great for shakes and greasy burgers.

                                As for calling California "Cali" or San Francisco "'Frisco", it's ok to use those terms; only 9th grade girls actually care about such things.

                                1. re: CucumberBoy

                                  Let me guess. You're not from either California or Cali, Colombia.

                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                    ...and we all know you're from BOTH!


                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                      Born and raised in Los Angeles. Never cared what people wanna call the state, never found it embarassing if someone says "we're going to Frisco". Doesn't matter to me, and I find it amusing, if not juvenile, that people may judge someone's "cool" factor based on the usage of these all-too-common, and ultimately meaningless, phrases.

                          2. Found another great vintage FF in Santa Paula right next to the freeway. Very friendly, good service staff, and obviously a favorite neighborhood hangout.