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Carl's

2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $7
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice Cream, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
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.
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West Point, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I came here due ti the high rating. The only thing I can think of is that this place is rated highly due to nostalgia. Maybe the locals grew up loving it as kids and the low prices keep them coming back. Now I must admit im not a huge soft serve guy but I honestly prefer McDonald's soft serve... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Old school, only 3 flavors, Chocolate Vanilla & Strawberry. Cash only, no websii]te, no phone, only open part of the year. Still the best Ice Cream in Virginia. It is a 1 hour drive for us, but it is worth it.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great 1950's style soft ice cream. The best I've ever eaten. We were lucky in that there was no line and the service was very fast

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When I initially moved to Fredericksburg, everyone said, "Oh, you have to go to Carl's!" So, I did & it's a miracle I'm not still standing in that long line. The ice cream is pricey; the taste is no different or better than any other ice cream and the wait is definitely not worth it! Go to Dairy Queen instead,... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Price, lines, location don't matter, really. Carl's is a Fredericksburg icon. One you taste their soft-serve ice cream you'll understand why.

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Monroe, CT
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Family in the area said we had to stop here, they had the best malts. I got a chocolate malt and it was OK but I should have ordered extra malt I guess. The ice cream was good, but I don't understand the long lines that we saw when driving by there the previous evening. I guess there aren't other... More

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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Have serviced this area for over 25 +years on my work schedule. This is must stop for Ice cream. A little step back in time to more of the simple times in life. A night out for good ice cream & good family time .This place is a landmark with good old fashioned ice cream & someplace to mark off... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Although I think their ice cream is overpriced, we keep going back. We like the ice cream cones the best, and the root beer float slushy. Only the chocolate malt is a disappointment. Everything else is always good.

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I don't like waiting in line but the ice-cream was certainly worth the wait and it was a fun thing to do on a first visit to Fredericksburg.

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Lake City, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Step back in time to enjoy Carl's frozen custard a Fredericksburg, Virginia landmark. Best frozen custard I've ever had, reasonably priced, refreshing, and fun! The building is an old-fashioned ice cream take-out which always has a line wrapped around the building. The young girl taking our order looked like the "girl next door" which made the experience even more nostalgic.... More

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