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Carl's

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Dessert, Ice Cream, Family Fare
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2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving...
Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.
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  • 168
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hometown Goodness

Carl Sponseller founded Carl's Frozen Custard stand in 1947. Since then, the 1940s era Electro Freeze machines have produced the frozen treat. When served, the ice cream is hand scooped, with a signature “twist” added to the top by the disher. Carl's sells only three flavors (vanilla, chocolate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
MamaZ13
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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  • Families with children
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Carl Sponseller founded Carl's Frozen Custard stand in 1947. Since then, the 1940s era Electro Freeze machines have produced the frozen treat. When served, the ice cream is hand scooped, with a signature “twist” added to the top by the disher. Carl's sells only three flavors (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), but also offers sundaes, shakes, malts, frozen slushes and slush... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Old fashioned ice cream parlor! White hats and all. An obvious local icon, the crowd line was constant. The ice cream is really good and of a yesterday taste. From soft serve cones to Sunday's, it was all enjoyed and at a decent price. Will go again!

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Winchester, Virginia, United States
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147 reviews 147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Chocolate, strawberry or vanilla soft frozen custard. It does not get any better than this!! Cash only but generous servings--less expensive than two cones at B&J's. You can mix flavors. Go for the large!! Our dog loves the cup size!!

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Boise, Idaho
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We were shocked to arrive on a Sunday night and found that there was about 100 people in line. But the line moved quickly. Most of us had frozen chocolate custard in a cone. It was pretty good. One in our party had a strawberry sundae and it was excellent.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Every time I drove past Carl's there was a crowd of people standing around so I had to stop. The vanilla custard was great and despite the number of people standing around, there was no real wait. Make a stop for a light dessert. Recommended

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Plain City, Ohio
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136 reviews 136 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Delicious soft frozen custard, which isn't surprising since they've been around since 1947. My only complaint was that I made the mistake of getting the small, should have gone for large! FYI - Cash only.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I love going to Carl's when I visit Fredericksburg. The ice cream is excellent. I look forward to coming to Fredericksburg

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Greatest Ice Cream on the Planet and its right here in Fredericksburg VA there is always a line but it goes quick. NOTE this is a CASH only establishment and its worth every penny.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

What can say about Carl's? Even today in 2015 this is an icon and a wonderful educational look at American life from different time periods. The fact that it is the same as it has been since the 1950's? is incredible. People line up around the block and in long ques for a taste of that incredible cream!!! From the... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Keeping it simple and doing it right. Any line, and there will always be a line, move quickly. A must see for your simple dessert pleasure

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 7
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?