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Am I wrong to really like Mr. Frostie?

ipsedixit Sep 9, 2012 09:29 PM

It's not like they are doing anything really out of the ordinary, but damn, those ice cream cones are pure sin.

I even made my own "Frito Pie" while washing it all down with a large Vanilla soft serve.


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    cstr Sep 10, 2012 05:58 AM

    It's a part of our SD fabric and culture, pure splurge and lov'n it. Enjoy ipsie!

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    1. re: cstr
      ipsedixit Sep 10, 2012 08:07 AM

      @Beach Chick and cstr

      It's weird, but the soft serve isn't even all that great (but it certainly isn't bad), but the whole place and experience just has a very "makes me feel good" sensation about it.

      It's like a happy place for my stomach.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        pickypicky Sep 10, 2012 08:59 AM

        Totally agree. It has a sense of pure SD/PB authenticity. Of course, I'd really rather have Straus Creamery soft-serve, but Mr. Frostie's provides a scene. I always seem to run into some random person I know there.

    2. Beach Chick Sep 9, 2012 11:00 PM

      I've been going to Mr.Frosty since the 70's with our puka shell necklaces and knit bikinis..
      Old school and nothing like a swirl dipped cone.
      Haven't been in awhile...thanks for the reminder Ipsy!

      1. Rodzilla Sep 9, 2012 10:56 PM

        not at all - I love all frozen dairy desserts.

        I'm almost embarrassed to say I haven't had it yet despite living in PB for months. It's just so hard for me to step away from Froyo.

        Yogurt on the rocks for self serve in PB
        Bogart if someone else is doing it

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        1. re: Rodzilla
          honkman Sep 9, 2012 11:31 PM

          Always baffled by the success of frozen yogurt. I have yet to find one which is even remotely edible compared to average commercial ice cream/ gelato. And if we compare it to good commercial ice cream or homemade one...

          1. re: honkman
            Rodzilla Sep 10, 2012 03:05 AM

            different products, I take it you prefer hard scooped to any soft serve product.

            1. re: honkman
              SaltyRaisins Sep 10, 2012 04:55 AM

              May I direct you, Herr Honkmann, to a Pinkberry or one of it's better competitors, followed by a visit to a Coldstone Creamery which serves as the control group of "average commercial" ice cream in this anti-bafflement experiment. There is no comparing the quality of these products- you will find the yogurt to be much higher. Sorry for the teleologically corrupt nature of the last sentence (I have undertaken this experiment with each wave of yogurt faddism and am finally "unbaffled" by a delicious, yet spendy, serving of tart frozen yogurt with fresh mango and fruity pebbles atop).

              Also there's the added bonus of possibly running into a drag queen version of Beach Chick in a knit bikini and puka shell outfit in their Hillcrest location, which makes the science an adventure.

              Remember: maintain your unbiased tastebuds in a state of neutral readiness and report back!

              Happy assay!

              1. re: SaltyRaisins
                honkman Sep 10, 2012 10:29 AM

                Herr SalzigeRosine, I have done similar experiements before and that initiated my bafflement. I really like good whole-milk yogurt (but hate low-fat, no-fat versions as they have a strange mouthfeel with their stabilizers). Pinkberry frozen yogurt tastes like not even good lowfat versions of yoghurts with a strange aftertaste unlike any good wholemilk yogurt and an unpleasant mouthfeel. In addition I would never think of Coldstone Creamery as an "average commercial" ice cream but a clearly below average one and very artifically tasting (an average one would be for example Haagen-Dazs). It interesting that you mention Pinkberry and Coldstone Creamery as both in my opinion deliver below average quality products which are baffling successful mainly through very good marketing (maninly based on their add-ins). And Herr Rodzilla, yes both are different products but as with restaurant reviews where you never get the exact same dessert you still will compare them to determine which one you like better. So comparing the quality of ice cream/gelato to frozen yogurt is no different than comparing different restaurants, something we do every day on CH

                1. re: honkman
                  Beach Chick Sep 10, 2012 10:42 AM

                  Concur with the Herr Honk on that strange artifical taste..

                  1. re: honkman
                    Rodzilla Sep 10, 2012 02:18 PM

                    Sure, in terms of overall experience, but not as a direct comparison. It would be like saying I'm yet to find a cookie in SD that can even come close to a decent piece of pie.

                    but in the end, different strokes for different folks.

                    1. re: Rodzilla
                      DiningDiva Sep 10, 2012 02:42 PM

                      "It would be like saying I'm yet to find a cookie in SD that can even come close to a decent piece of pie."

                      You had to go and open that can of worms didn't you ;-)

                  2. re: SaltyRaisins
                    Beach Chick Sep 10, 2012 10:42 AM

                    'Also there's the added bonus of possibly running into a drag queen version of Beach Chick in a knit bikini and puka shell outfit in their Hillcrest location'

                    Love that Herr SalzigeRosine!!

                    Those fab drag queens look great in my size 2 knit bikini salmon with an ecru cross stitching and the puka shells they've added a bedazzled puka tiera and a Tahitian pearl inspired ankle bracelet..
                    Check out my 'drag queen collection' coming soon on QVC..

                    1. re: Beach Chick
                      Tripeler Sep 11, 2012 04:35 AM

                      While those drag queens may come close to physically duplicating your (likely fab) looks, I am sure they are no match to you when it comes to promoting the sending of gift packages to our overseas troops.

                      (See the thread on Not About Food http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865915)

                      This is something that truly sets you apart from all the other Chicas, and is truly admirable. Thanks for your great heart, Beach Chick.

                      1. re: Tripeler
                        Beach Chick Sep 11, 2012 07:45 AM

                        Thanks Trip...the real admirable ones, are the men and women in uniform.

                        Are you putting together a Japanese foodie care package?

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          cstr Sep 11, 2012 07:58 AM

                          Just saw your thread, yes we need to support all those wonderful men & women heros who keep us free, you gota let us know these things BC. You are 'The Chicka' and have a huge heart.

                  3. re: honkman
                    cstr Sep 10, 2012 05:58 AM

                    Have you tried Costco soft serve frozen yogurt? If you're lactoce intolerant, yogurt is a gas!

                    1. re: cstr
                      RB Hound Sep 10, 2012 09:52 AM

                      Cstr - that was an awfully stinky comment you made about frozen yogurt.

                      The fact that San Diego could not sustain a place that served up frozen custard says all you need to know about frozen dairy desserts in this town. :)

                      1. re: RB Hound
                        Beach Chick Sep 10, 2012 10:17 AM

                        LOL...cstr is known as 'stinky butt' for a reason.

                        1. re: RB Hound
                          cstr Sep 11, 2012 05:20 AM

                          Have to agree, frozen custard is the bomb! Maybe the high fat content in not an SD thing. Then again, SD has never been on the culinary edge nor even close, not even for ice cream products.

                          1. re: cstr
                            littlestevie Sep 11, 2012 04:00 PM

                            Living in St. Louis, and enjoying Ted Drewes frozen custard, I have been spoiled forever. Nothing in SD comes close. I don't know why, I don't think its the fat. Ever see the pizza at Fillipis or the lines at CF. We San Diegans like our calories.

                            1. re: littlestevie
                              cstr Sep 12, 2012 05:21 AM

                              My mom was born in STL, so I've been and understand the lusiousness of frozen custard. Wish someone would offer it here.

                              1. re: cstr
                                Beach Chick Sep 12, 2012 06:48 AM

                                Had the Ted Drewes frozen custard in STL and dang, that is some good stuff!

                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                  ipsedixit Sep 12, 2012 07:38 AM

                                  I love how you can turn the custard upside down.

                                  And those custard sandwiches ... pure sin.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit
                                    Beach Chick Sep 12, 2012 08:56 AM

                                    All we need now ipsy, is our beloved FOF with fries for me and hash browns for you squished inside and we are happy chicas!

                                    1. re: Beach Chick
                                      ipsedixit Sep 12, 2012 09:20 AM

                                      I just had a mouth orgasm.

                                    2. re: ipsedixit
                                      Rodzilla Sep 12, 2012 02:06 PM

                                      put your frozen yogurt in the freezer for a few minutes :p

                                  2. re: cstr
                                    RB Hound Sep 12, 2012 10:54 AM

                                    There was a place in Poway called Truehearts that had it for a while. I went there a few times, and though it would be very pedestrian by Midwestern standards, it was still nice to have.

                                    The second time I went there, they had pretty much morphed into Cold Stone type of thing, with only vanilla and chocolate frozen custard available. I asked the proprietor what the deal was, and he said the majority of customers there had no idea was frozen custard was, and were often turned off by the sound of it. He wasn't able to get too many people to try it, either.


                          2. re: honkman
                            ipsedixit Sep 10, 2012 10:56 AM

                            I have yet to find one which is even remotely edible compared to average commercial ice cream/ gelato.

                            Is this just in SD, or everywhere?

                            Because I tend to think that the frozen yogurt (refuse to use "froyo") selection in SD is a bit lacking, at least from what I've sampled.

                            1. re: ipsedixit
                              honkman Sep 10, 2012 09:59 PM

                              Not sure if it is just SD - I tried frozen yogurt twice and it was underwhelming. Since I can only eat a limited amount of calories every day I try to "spend" those either at places which are new and interesting or known successes and not on placed which have a high chance to disappoint. If you tell me there is s place with high quality artisan frozen yogurt I might think about giving it another try.

                              1. re: honkman
                                ipsedixit Sep 10, 2012 10:09 PM

                                If you are ever up in Pasadena, give Buzios a try.


                                1. re: honkman
                                  Rodzilla Sep 10, 2012 11:28 PM

                                  from where?

                                  and how many calories? You would probably find this even more inferior, but a few places carry wow-cow which is pretty good for something that's 50cal per 4oz

                                  High quality and artisan aren't likely to be found in the frozen yogurt world.

                                  I'll have to start another thread for this one, but I'm really curious about what other food items you dislike..or won't let yourself like ;)

                                  1. re: Rodzilla
                                    honkman Sep 11, 2012 12:15 AM

                                    I like everything which is not highly processed food. Reading about frozen yogurt ingredients it does sound like that use for example of non- fat or low fat milk is exact the highly processed ingredient I din't want to see in food (or show me the cow which produces non-fat milk). As mentioned before non-fat/low fat products need significantly more artifical stabilizers which again makes frozen yogurt highly processed food and also leads to the artifical taste as does low fat/non- fat yogurt.

                              2. re: honkman
                                MrKrispy Sep 10, 2012 11:21 AM

                                "I have yet to find one which is even remotely edible compared to average commercial ice cream/ gelato"

                                Frozen yogurt is not ice cream which is not gelato. I assume you don't expect chedder to taste like brie, why would you compare yogurt to gelato?

                                1. re: MrKrispy
                                  RB Hound Sep 10, 2012 12:08 PM

                                  Everybody should lay off honkman; he's been jonesing for that Berlin gelato something fierce.

                                  1. re: RB Hound
                                    Rodzilla Sep 10, 2012 02:17 PM


                                    1. re: RB Hound
                                      honkman Sep 10, 2012 10:01 PM

                                      Doner -> Berlin
                                      Gelato -> Hamburg

                                      1. re: honkman
                                        SaltyRaisins Sep 10, 2012 10:53 PM

                                        Doner- Istanbul, then Berlin
                                        Gelato- Milan, then Turin

                                        And I have eaten EXCELLENT doner in Germany.

                                        It's all good, as they say.


                                        1. re: honkman
                                          RB Hound Sep 11, 2012 12:58 AM

                                          Obviously, I have no appreciate of diversity in Germany. Apologies, Honkie!

                                        2. re: RB Hound
                                          Beach Chick Sep 12, 2012 06:51 AM

                                          ha ha ha

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                                    laskiblue Sep 9, 2012 10:52 PM

                                    I've never been there, but I have to say that banana split on their web page catches my eye. :-) San Diego's only an hour and a half from me; maybe I'll check Mr. Frostie out the next time an errand takes me that way.

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                                      pickypicky Sep 9, 2012 10:42 PM

                                      I love Mr. Frostie's!

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                                      1. re: pickypicky
                                        Shrinkrap Sep 9, 2012 10:53 PM

                                        Ooops! Iwas thinking of Mr. SOFTEE.

                                      2. DiningDiva Sep 9, 2012 10:13 PM

                                        Hey, if it floats your boat, then no it's not wrong to like it.

                                        It will, of course, only add to the San Diego inferiority complex this board seems to have...which, it appears has now spilled over into Newsweek and the U/T...

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                                        1. re: DiningDiva
                                          ipsedixit Sep 9, 2012 10:30 PM

                                          Maybe Armantrout has never had a Mr. Frostie's shake.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit
                                            DiningDiva Sep 10, 2012 06:24 AM

                                            Perhaps not, but probably VERY likely she had Mr. Frosties close relative at the Foster's Freeze on Waring Road in Allied Gardens where she grew up

                                          2. re: DiningDiva
                                            RB Hound Sep 9, 2012 10:45 PM


                                            1. re: DiningDiva
                                              Rodzilla Sep 9, 2012 10:58 PM

                                              I'm unaware...link?

                                              1. re: Rodzilla
                                                ipsedixit Sep 10, 2012 07:49 AM


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