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Carmen's Italian Ice

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1115 Nelson St, Rockville, MD 20850-2030
301-545-1154
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7:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Frozen Custard and Italian Ices

Having had fozen custard in Wisconsin, I am spoiled. Hard to find custard in teh Mid Atlantic, but stumbled across Carmen's. Unlike most places, they serve Jersey style custard which is a little less rich and lighter in texture. They also had 5 flavors to choose from as opposed to 3 in most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Having had fozen custard in Wisconsin, I am spoiled. Hard to find custard in teh Mid Atlantic, but stumbled across Carmen's. Unlike most places, they serve Jersey style custard which is a little less rich and lighter in texture. They also had 5 flavors to choose from as opposed to 3 in most other places. They also have Italian ices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I am not a huge fan of ices but I know that people love them here. Their custard is beyond amazing. Great flavor selection and very delicious!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Worth your trip I came all the way from Florida so you cannot miss with this local place. I had custard and Ice mixed -pineapple is my favorite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

What can I say? Carmen's was AMAZING! We were in the area for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Our trip to Carmen's was the perfect accompaniment to our official kick off to spring/summer! The service was so friendly, and the custard and Italian Ice was delicious! So many flavor combinations, creative marketing and sales strategies really invite customers to try it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Carmen's Italian Ice is a wonderful neighborhood establishment that the surrounding community absolutely loves. The cost is quite reasonable and the treats, especially the ices, are top notch, all served by a friendly staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Surprisingly friendly with special kid's space but lots of humor and fun for adults too, and most importantly extremely tasty Italian ice the way it was served up in NY or NJ in white crinkly paper cups 1/2 century ago. A Rockville gem.

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Highland Lakes, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Carmen's offers a wide selection of Italian Ices, Frozen Custard, and Gelati. We tried all of them in various flavors and everything was good. Service was excellent, but the place seemed dirty to me and that was turn off.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Locally owned custard and ices shop. Folks, this is the real deal, not some cookie-cutter chain. Creamy, flavorful jersey-style custard (not remotely like the slop served at DQ) in a variety of flavors. A wider variety of ice flavors, some better than others (the lemon is the best), and you can mix the two (gelati). The 8th of every month... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I discovered Carmen's Food Cart at today's Takoma Park Folk Festival. Normally I don't mess with frozen custard because I remember the rich, high fat custards of my youth and today's custards seem wimpy by comparison. I decided to try Carmen's Gelati however when a satisfied customer described her "Thai Dye" Gelati to me--pepper-mango-coconut ice wedged between layers of vanilla... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

The chocolate, mango and strawberry lemon ices were thrown away half finished. The gelati was liked but was not finished. I liked and finished my frozen custard but that may be why I'm pudgy.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1115 Nelson St, Rockville, MD 20850-2030
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Rockville
  • Phone Number: 301-545-1154

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?