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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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English first
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

But the employees there are very rude! Everytime I have been there, the ladies that serve at the window have made unnecessary comments about people's appearances, say to hurry up because they don't like waiting on indecisive people, and hold conversations with each other while customers are trying to talk or ask questions. I guess they think customers can't hear... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I have been going to Carl's for many years. I am always amazed at how fast they can get thru a line of people that wraps around the building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Carl's ice cream was a staple of my childhood. It has a pretty simple menu: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla are the only ice cream flavors. But it's the good kind of ice cream. This place has a nice retro feel to it that brings you back to a calmer time. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

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Stafford, Virginia
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52 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Always a good time when we go to Carl's. Great nostalgia, great ice cream, shakes, malts, and floats. Don't expect a lot of flavors...just chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, but oh so good. Don't bring credit cards because they only take cash. In the summer and on weekends, be prepare to see the line snake around the building, but don't dismay...the... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We read about this place in an issue of the Washingtonian and decided to try it. A throwback to the old days when they served ice cream, malts and milkshakes. The line snaked around the building and parking lot but moved quickly. Nits cash only. Note: We walked from the corner of Williams St. and Princess Anne to the Carls... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you are in Fredericksburg, you have to go! Just for the nostalgia factor. Will it be the best ice cream you've every had? Maybe not. But these little slices of America are fading fast. Get it while you still can!

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CHESAPEAKE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We loved getting ice cream at Carl's. Make sure that you come with cash because they do not take credit cards. Often is lined up but so worth the wait!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have been a fan of this place since I was a child. Now I live overseas and on each trip home my children beg us to go to Carl's. My two favorites - vanilla malt shake and hot fudge and maple walnut vanilla sundae.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You just can't beat Carl's for taste....atmosphere....nostalgia.....I have been going here for over 40 yrs. And though, the prices are getting so crazy, so are everyone elses!

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Delish! When in Fredericksburg, I just have to stop for a frozen custard. Yesterday was no exception, although a small cone was all I could handle after dinner at Virginia BBQ up the road.

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