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May 30, 2009 07:31 PM

Where can I find some Frozen Custard?

Growing up in the midwest a weekly trip to Leon's Frozen Custard was the ultimate treat. Now I only indulge when I make my annual trip back home. First stop from the airport is Leon's. Are there any frozen custard stands anywhere in So Cal worth driving to.

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  1. Stricklands
    4523 Campus Drive
    Irvine, California

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    1. re: monku

      In checking the ingredients list on Strickland's website it seems that their product does not contain eggs, and thus is not frozen custard. If you look at their website, they refer to their product as "ice cream". Do they also sell frozen custard at their stores?

      1. re: josephnl

        Concur it technically isn't frozen custard, but when the "soft serve" subject comes up Strickland is mentioned several times.

    2. Used to be a frozen custard place called Lickety Split that started in El Segundo and expanded to Mahattan Beach and had a location at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood....I don't know are they still in business?
      They made some good frozen custard.

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      1. re: monku

        they always had problems paying the rent, especially as they tried to run it as a seasonal business, only opening in summer.
        last time i talked to the owner, he lost the lease on the el segundo branch and was trying to keep the one in manhattan going, but that one's been gone for a year or two now.
        pretty sad, because they did make good custard.

        1. re: alkylyou

          Too bad. The El Segundo store was the original right.
          I would talk to the owner (Scott ?) and he was passionate about frozen custard from the flavors he was working on to the machines he'd acquired (they weren't new...they were classic frozen custard machines he'd acquired from around the country). My limited frozen custard experience was through Lickety Split, I thought it tasted good-rich and creamy. They also did an excellent chili dog at the Egyptian Theater location.

      2. lucky devil's in hollywood

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          1. I really miss Leon's too and I am always on the lookout for frozen custard. The Lickety Split in Manhattan Beach is closed now, but I didn't think it was good at all. Thanks to the other posters for the info on other places to try. I don't know why it is so hard to import this.
            My dream is to one day open a Leon's clone here in SoCal.

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            1. re: mke2lax

              Along with you other transplanted Milwaukeans, I too miss the outstanding frozen custard. My first stop when visiting family is always Kopps.

              A number of people over the years have tried to make a go of frozen custard in Southern California. No go. Different culture, I guess. Can't really get great pizza here either. Or great BBQ. Or a cat puppet that delivers the weather forecast. (sigh)

              1. re: Nukedli

                We have Jillian....that's almost as good as Albert the Alley Cat! =)