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Feb 5, 2014 11:05 AM

Italian Ice & Soft Serve Frozen Custard

Coming to San Diego in a BIG way

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

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    1. re: El Chevere

      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"??

      1. re: steveprez

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

    2. 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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      1. re: RB Hound

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

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          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.

          1. re: DoctorChow

            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".

              1. re: RB Hound

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

                We're just heathens...

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Not getting something hardly makes one a heathen.

                  Although not getting craftbeershakes makes Fakey unsophisticated.

                  1. re: RB Hound

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

                    1. re: DiningDiva

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

                      Well, except when it involves Berlin.

                      1. re: DiningDiva

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


            1. 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. 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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                1. re: ipsedixit

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