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KC Frozen Custard: Shake's, Foo's, Sheridan's, Twisters or Custard's Last Stand?

Northern California, where I live, is frozen custard-deficient so they're all new to me. Shake's, Foo's, Sheridan's, Twisters or Custard's Last Stand --- which is your favorite?

Ted Drewes vs. Foo's Frozen Custard
http://blogs.pitch.com/fatcity/2010/0...

Battle of the Dishes: Frozen Custard
http://blogs.pitch.com/fatcity/2009/0...

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Twisters Frozen Custard
8675 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223

Shake's Frozen Custard
12140 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210

Custard's Last Stand
308 SE State Route 291, Lees Summit, MO 64063

Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard
3832 W 95th St, Leawood, KS 66206

Sheridan's Frozen Custards
7337 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66213

Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard
9421 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206

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  1. Two more for consideration:

    Freddy's Frozen Custard
    Emily's Frozen Custard

    Opinions?

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    Emily's Frozen Custard
    5428 Roberts St, Shawnee, KS 66226

    Freddy's Frozen Custard
    7301 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223

    1. Since no one has responded.....

      I have an anti sweet tooth and rarely eat sweets at all. I'm forced twice per year to eat birthday cake on my kids' birthdays. We will go to Paleteria Chihuahua on Kansas Ave just West of 7th Street in KCK. Lots of frozen treats and great churos. I get their tacos which are pretty great too.

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      Paleteria Chihuahua
      901 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105

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      1. re: chileheadmike

        Thanks for being a champ, for your kids and to answer my many questions.

        I'm happy to know about Chihuahua. I'd bookmarked Paleteria Tropicana to try. How would you compare the two?

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        Paleteria Tropicana
        830 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          You didn't ask me, but... we went to Paleteria Tropicana on our 1st Taco Crawl and Paleteria Chihuahua on our 2nd Taco Crawl. We found the offerings at Paleteria Tropicana to be much more fresh, and they had more offerings in general. I really enjoyed the churros and the mango con chile.

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          Paleteria Tropicana
          830 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

          Paleteria Chihuahua
          901 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105

          1. re: Katie Nell

            That's very helpful. The mention of churros at Chihuahua set my heart aflutter, but if Tropicana also has them, maybe i can do one-stop shopping.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              It could have been a once in a million occurrence, but Chihuahua was out of churros (and most everything else!) when we went. They really only had the paletas and arroz con leche when we were there. That, and just regular old ice cream.

            2. re: Katie Nell

              Friday I had a chance to try Tropicana after my (first) lunch at Danny Edward's BBQ. I liked the Tequila & Lime paleta (water, no milk) very much. I got a bag of the housemade potato chips, which turned out to have been fried in old oil, so they didn't taste very good besides being hard and tough rather than crispy. I also liked the strawberry licuado . . . I wasn't paying attention when it was served up so it was a surprise to find that it was a dairy product rather than the strawberry agua fresca ordered but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

              I thought I'd be back again and have the chance to taste the mango con chile, but alas not this trip. Here's a photo of the paleta case.
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

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              Paleteria Tropicana
              830 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I'm glad you didn't try to go to Chihuahua... we drove by today on our way to get a torta at La Piedad, and it looks like it's been closed for a while. It looks like El Pollo Rey (quite possibly the best chicken in the world!) is moving into the building. That makes me a little nervous though, because I'm just not sure the chicken will be the same without their set-up they currently have! That place is marinated in chicken deliciousness!

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  Thank you, I marked the restaurants and bars page for Chihuahua as "closed". Just a head's up that anyone who posts here can edit the pages to try to keep them current.

                  1. re: Katie Nell

                    Oh, Katie, you've got to keep us posted on El Pollo Rey. The few times I've been in that neighborhood, they've sold out on chicken. So, I'm yet to try the deliciousness. If they move and lose that certain something before I get up there, I'm going to be upset with myself.

                    1. re: Katie Nell

                      It sucks that PC closed down. I look forward to checking out EPR though.

                      Another one of my favorites, El Taconazzo, is gone too.

            3. As a lifelong Kansas Citian, I've actually tried every single one of these places. Foo's is definitely the best in KC. Sheridan's and Twisters are chain places, not that spectacular. And Ted Drewes in St. Louis beats all the KC places.

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              1. re: supercharger

                Thank you, supercharger, for making this your first post on Chowhound. What makes Foo's the best to you?
                http://www.foosfabulousfrozencustard....

                The few times I've had frozen custard at home, it's made from standardized commercial mix by Nestle or Carnation. I'm looking for somewhere that has a unique house recipe to try.

              2. Twister's is not a chain, and is my favorite. And Sheridan's is a locally owned chain, so it's not entirely evil! ;-) And I like that Sheridan's has a little doggy ice cream cone for my two little pups. I think they are all really similar as far as taste, so I don't think you can go wrong. I want to like Foo's better, but they are really stingy on the mix-ins, even when you ask for extra. However, either of the Foo's would be better as far as an overall experience (location, fun marketing, etc.), I think, especially Brookside. I'd hit a couple, if I were you!

                Edited to add: If you really want the best frozen custard, it's in Topeka, at G's! :-) Mmm... the brown bread!

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                1. re: Katie Nell

                  I will do my best!

                  I take it that "concrete" is with mix-ins?

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Yes, that's what I like to get, usually. It's called a Twister at Twister's, but same concept. I get the Caramel Pretzel Crunch at Sheridan's, the Chocolate Caramel Brownie at Twister's, the Candybar Crunch at Foo's, and the Toffee Brown Bread at G's.

                  2. re: Katie Nell

                    I spotted Angie's Lemon Ice and Custard stand at the Great American Barbecue festival in Overland Park on Saturday morning.
                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                    Convenience and immediate opportunity won out and I bought a vanilla and chocolate swirl, $3, to try. A waste of money. If you'd blindfolded me and asked what flavors these were, I wouldn't have been able to tell you without a visual clue from the colors. They tasted pretty much the same, and not that good.
                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                    That afternoon I stopped at Foo's in Leawood because I wanted to give frozen custard another go and because its website offers up Christopher Elbow's drinking chocolate. However, that turned out to be a lie. The hot chocolate is not made with Elbow's product. And when I asked the staff if they would make me a cup using Elbow's chocolate (on display on the counter), they said it was not served.
                    http://www.foosfabulousfrozencustard....

                    I did order a mini concrete, made with vanilla frozen custard and strawberries added-in. Nothing really compelling here, same old generic custard mix emulsified with guar gum, carraganeen, and other non-egg thickeners.
                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                    I had hoped to try Sheridan's in Overland Park after dinner on Saturday, but no one answered the phone when I called at 9pm and I assume it was closed.

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                    Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard
                    9421 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Bummer, I would agree that none of those places are anything special (with the exception of G's in Topeka), but they satisfy my sweet tooth (which is often!) when needed.

                      1. re: Katie Nell

                        I had fair warning here on the board, plus I asked for the nutritional and ingredient info before ordering.

                        I noticed on Sheridan's website that it makes custard from scratch. . . maybe that means no additives. Or not. I'll keep it in mind for a future visit.
                        http://www.sheridansfrozencustard.com...

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                        Sheridan's Frozen Custard
                        6825 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          I go to Sheridan's when I have a hankering for frozen custard, but in all honesty, that's not often, less than once a year? It's just not as good as it should be. The ice cream here is better, IMO, but nothing but Glace equals or beats home made. I just don't think anyone is making GREAT product, except Christopher Elbow. Others have charms, but Glace is the real deal, probably because of the dairy sourcing.

                          1. re: amyzan

                            My kids love Sylas and Maddie's. I've never tried it but it looks good, and my ice cream connoisseur kids say its the best.

                            1. re: chileheadmike

                              Sylas and Maddie's is good ice cream, but it doesn't hold a candle to Glace. S&M uses a standard ice cream base that they buy from a dairy, sweetened with corn syrup. I don't like the mouth feel of ice cream or other frozen desserts sweetened primarily with corn syrup. All that said, S&M make their own cones, which are delightful. I love their blackberry ice cream, which is seasonal, usually later in summer. They hold a lot of charm, and we visit them a few times every summer, usually after a movie at AMC 30. Oh, and they have a nice coffee chip ice cream, too, because they do the chips like Graeter's used to--broken up sheets of chocolate, similar to straciatella in effect. Really nice, melting texture.

                              1. re: amyzan

                                Glace - OMG. IN love with their lemon curd ice cream.

                                Anyway - Custard: we loved Custard's Last Stand in Lee's Summit on the old days. Foo's reigns supreme here in Brookside and while I like their custard - I cannot stand that store. It's crowded, the teenagers working are less than helpful, the people/screaming kids/panting dogs - argh! It's enough to make me walk from there to Baskin Robbins down the street (ick).

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                                Foobars
                                6505 Nieman Rd, Shawnee, KS 66203

                                Brookside Cafe
                                15668 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68130

                  3. I like Sheridan's, although I don't eat a lot of frozen custard. Their seasonal strawberry shortcake is really good, but a lot of it is the fresh berries and tasty sweet biscuit shortcake.

                    For ice cream, I definitely second Glace. And they're so generous with tastes there!