Wednesday 14 March, 2012

Burger Babies: Do the Freddy

Freddy's Chocolate Custard Milkshake

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Roll over Five Guys and tell Steak&Shake the news: Freddy's is on your tail.

A close cousin to those other Midwestern  exports Five Guys and Steak&Shake, Freddy’s, which has outlets in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado, and now Victorville, CA, distinguishes itself primarily with Frozen Custard, a denser version of ice cream with higher butterfat that is only served in a few places.

Secret menu? They don't need no stinkin' secret menu.

Secret menu? They don't need no stinkin' secret menu.

Freddy’s offers several gut-busting sundaes—which they call “Concretes” for good reason--with that creamy delight (choc and vanilla flavors only) and lots of mix-ins. The milkshakes/malts are so thick they serve them with fat Boba straws, and it’s still a challenge sucking them up. Quite a contrast to the air-filled marshmallowy shakes at InN Out.

The custard monster. Don't fall asleep under this thing.

The custard monster. Don't fall asleep under this thing.

Life changing? Mmmmaybe. Life affirming? Definitely.

“Steakburgers” are their other specialty, though why they’re called that may be a mystery. Like Smashburger, these guys flatten them on a griddle so hard that they’re practically paper-thin, flopping over the side of the bun (no kidding). Small wonder their #1 order is a double burger. They serve them regularly on butter-toasted eggy buns, you must request condiments. “California Style” adds American cheese, a slice of raw sweet white onion, Freddy’s sauce, tomato and shredded lettuce.  The onion tends to be so strong that it overpowers the burger flavor completely (even without condiments) so my advice would be to go grilled or leave it off.

I guess "floppyburger" just didn't have the right ring to it.

I guess "floppyburger" just didn't have the right ring to it.

Fries here like those at Steak&Shake are thin matchsticks, crisp and very potatoey. A large order is massive. The Chili Cheese fries would probably kill you.

inner bag view.

inner bag view.

Their slogan is “Every order is a special order…” which might explain why they screwed mine up twice. But I’ll forgive them for the custard and fries, both exemplary.

Freddy’s also features Chicago style dogs made with the only brand that matters, Vienna, and mustard, relish, onion, “sport peppers” celery salt, tomato and pickle. Will have to see if they put it on the appropriate poppy seed bun when I try them next time out.

Deep Thoughts.

Deep Thoughts.

UPDATE: Went back for the Chicago Dog. Meh ;(

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

12032 Amargosa Rd Victorville CA (exit Bear Valley Road off the I-15)

(760) 244-2400