Orlando is now home to Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon.
Freddy grew up on a farm near Colwich, Kansas, and signed up for the infantry in the U.S. Army at the first opportunity. After years of fighting in places around the Pacific Rim during World War II, Freddy earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service, and returned home safely. Following World War II, he worked hard for 56 years while raising his family. Freddy believes he is “the luckiest man in the world.” In between his visits to high school history classes, Freddy actively participates in veterans groups, and takes part in World War II memorial events across the United States.
Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. There are two Freddy’s restaurants in the Orlando area with a third on the way (near UCF) for a total of 22 restaurants total planned for the state.
Freddy’s keeps things simple. Food is cooked to order, hot and fresh every time. Their menu has burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, a few chicken options, and custard. Their smaller allows them to focus on what they do best.
I was lucky enough to try them out with the Central Florida Lady Bloggers recently and I was quite impressed. We were able to try their steakburgers, hot dogs, a few sides, their veggie burger, and their custard. I must admit that as much as I love myself a good burger I fell head over heels in love with their veggie burger. Their veggie burger is a black bean burger, cheese, full slice of onion, Freddy’s Sauce, lettuce & tomato served on a toasted bun. I don’t eat a lot of meat and when I do it is usually in the form of a burger, so for me to say that the veggie burger was my favorite is a big deal. It was tasty, filling, and didn’t leave you feeling like you just ate a brick. Pair that with their tasty onion rings and you have one heck of a vegetarian meal.
I am a ice cream fiend but ever since my mom introduced me to frozen custard a couple years back I would pick that as my after dinner treat any day. Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of frozen custard places in Orlando (at least close to me) so I was happy to find out that Freddy’s served custard. I tried their Signature Turtle Sundae (which also comes as a concrete) which has vanilla custard, hot fudge, hot caramel, toasted pecans, whipped cream & a cherry. Yum Yum Yum.
Wanna hear my favorite, and slightly silly, thing about Freddy’s? They have Diet Dr Pepper in their soda fountain! As far as soda goes I pretty much just drink Diet Dr Pepper, so finding a restaurant that serves it is great. Not many places serve Dr Pepper and even fewer serve Diet Dr Pepper. Way to go Freddy’s for making this Diet DP girl a happy camper!
Freddy’s is all about good food, family, and great service. They focus on family time and eating meals together which I think is great. Think about those TV families from the 50s and that is really what they are going for. You aren’t going to find TVs on the walls, video games in the corners, or games on the table. This is the kind of place you go to for a tasty meal with your family to enjoy some time together. Sounds pretty great right?
*Disclosure: The Central Florida Lady Bloggers were provided a complimentary meal. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.