Name: Carl’s Ice Cream
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Meal: Ice cream cone and root beer slush float
Type: Ice Cream
This is the second restaurant here on The Hungry Traveler to appear on the National Register of Historic Places. It really is a shame that I only recent made my first trip to Carl’s a Fredericksburg institution since 1947. The place just oozes charm. The owners clearly know not to tinker with success. My roommate served at as my guide for the night which was good because the line is impressive. With so many people behind you the pressure is on to be quick with your order. I visited on the Sunday of the Labor Day three-day weekend, the weather was quite honestly perfect so needless to say Carl’s was a popular destination. Even under these conditions the line moved very quickly, don’t be discouraged.
The ice cream is the real deal. They only make three flavors (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry). At the suggestion of my guide I went with a regular size chocolate/strawberry cone. The jumbo size is massive, the cone itself is at least the size of a soda can. Regardless of size or flavor I think what makes Carl’s so great is texture. The ice cream is just the right temperature and oh so smooth and creamy.
You don’t often find restaurants that are historically noted. Carl’s deserves the praise and you should get there as soon as possible.
Carl's at night
Vale Wood Farms
Name: Vale Wood Farms
Meal: Iced Tea and Ice Cream
Vale Wood Farms is a dairy in Pennsylvania that represents everything that is right in the food industry today. Vale Wood Farms is family owned and operated; its been that way since before the Civil War. They pride themselves on delivering great products, my favorites include: iced tea, chocolate milk, peanut butter fudge ice cream, and just about everything. Being a family owned corporation the goal is not to cut corners and boost profits; the goal is to deliver a great product. Home delivery is an option with Vale Wood, yet another throw back to a time when things were different.
Chocolate Nut Dipped Cone
Name: Kline’s Freeze
Meal: Chili dog, chocolate dipped cone, and a Pepsi
Type: Ice cream stand
You don’t find too many old independent restaurants in my Northern Virginia neck of the woods. Kline’s Freeze is a great exception to that rule. Perched atop a hill just a few minutes into Prince William county off of Route 28, Kline’s has been serving up great food and treats for decades now. Obviously, a restaurant with Freeze in its name and a giant cone on top is going to specialize in ice cream but they serve up a decent menu of freshly prepared foods as well. The service was quick albeit a little spotty; all the employees seemed to be high school age and content with acting like high schoolers. Given the steady line of customers when I was there (on a overcast lazy Sunday nonetheless) they seem to be doing a good enough job as is.