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Italian Ice & Soft Serve Frozen Custard

DiningDiva Feb 5, 2014 11:05 AM

Coming to San Diego in a BIG way


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  1. El Chevere RE: DiningDiva Feb 5, 2014 11:11 AM

    Brings back memories of Ralph's Italian Ices (Long Island) and the even more popular Carvel.

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      steveprez RE: El Chevere Feb 5, 2014 06:01 PM

      Certainly does bring back memories. Will need to take the kids.

      Do you remember "water ice" (i.e. Italian ice, not sure why it was called that) served on top of ice cream being called a "radio ball"??

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        El Chevere RE: steveprez Feb 7, 2014 10:40 AM

        no...where was that from?....I also remember Gino's Italian Ices with a couple of locations as well.

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      RB Hound RE: DiningDiva Feb 5, 2014 11:29 AM

      So there currently is a store open in eastern Carlsbad, specifically in the Sprouts plaza near La Costa Canyon high. They'll be opening up in Plaza Bonita, Encinitas (Santa Fe Drive at I-5), and Rancho PSQ (location unknown).

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        Cathy RE: RB Hound Feb 6, 2014 06:28 AM

        and Santee. No signage, but I think I know where. A former frozen yogurt place near the Santee Lakes, across from the Library has construction activity inside.

        There were many coupons in the newspaper last summer for the Carlsbad location. Never went though.

        Frozen Custard is also popular in Michigan. A chain, Culvers Butter Burgers, has regular (chocolate and vanilla) daily flavors as well as a special flavor of the day on their menu. There are also a multitude of stand alone walk up shops, which close on Labor Day and open again on Memorial Day.

      2. Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Feb 5, 2014 05:09 PM

        Frozen custard?!
        Like the kind you get in St. Louis?

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          DoctorChow RE: Beach Chick Feb 5, 2014 06:14 PM

          Frozen custard is also VERY big in the Milwaukee area. I remember my nephew and I discussing opening a frozen custard place here -- about 30 years ago...

          I don't know of anyplace that has the genuine article in SD.

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            RB Hound RE: DoctorChow Feb 5, 2014 11:14 PM

            Very big? Like about 100 times bigger than St. Louis. :)

            [I have a Badger PhD - I know of what I speak]

            There was a place in Poway that sort of had frozen custard, but in their death throes they dumped it because nobody around here "got it".

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              Beach Chick RE: RB Hound Feb 6, 2014 07:01 AM

              Honey Badger Love. .


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                DiningDiva RE: RB Hound Feb 6, 2014 08:52 AM

                "they dumped it because nobody around here "got it"."

                We're just heathens...

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                  RB Hound RE: DiningDiva Feb 6, 2014 09:08 AM

                  Not getting something hardly makes one a heathen.

                  Although not getting craftbeershakes makes Fakey unsophisticated.

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                    DiningDiva RE: RB Hound Feb 6, 2014 12:12 PM

                    There is no emoticon for tongue-in-cheek...

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                      RB Hound RE: DiningDiva Feb 6, 2014 12:19 PM

                      I usually can deduce when something is tongue-in-cheek, at least on the SD Chowhound board.

                      Well, except when it involves Berlin.

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                        DoctorChow RE: DiningDiva Feb 6, 2014 12:37 PM

                        Maybe there should be one -- we could use one here. How about this


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              cstr RE: DiningDiva Feb 6, 2014 07:29 AM

              Frozen custard??? Wow, I don't want my expectations to get out of control but, can't wait. The ices don't appeal to me, it's the food coloring. When I was a child we had corner stores that made their own lemon slush, no coloring, plenty of seeds and real tart.

              1. ipsedixit RE: DiningDiva Feb 6, 2014 01:27 PM

                I dunno.

                Having had Rita's, I'm not all that excited over their SD invasion. The frozen custard is nothing like Ted Drewes as in I wouldn't feel comfortable holding one of their cones upside down and expect it to defy gravity like you can with a Concrete.

                I think I might still prefer a Mr. Frostie's hand-dipped cone.

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                  cstr RE: ipsedixit Feb 7, 2014 09:11 AM

                  Mr. Frostie, what a pb classic! Can't be matched.

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                  Ela0427 RE: DiningDiva Feb 6, 2014 03:37 PM

                  It is good, we went to the one in Carlsbad. The chocolate FC is very rich and tasty. Kids loved the italian ice.

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