Cary, N.C. — Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is a throwback, a modern take on the 50’s-60’s diner. A drive in, but only with a drive thru window. It is so Middle America, you half expect to see Richie Cunningham saying “sit on it, Potsie” in the corner booth. So, our intrepid reviewers donned their white tees and poodle skirts and slicked backed their hair to experience Arnold’s, I mean, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburger, first hand in technicolor in front of a live studio audience.
The four Burger experts enter Freddy’s. Bright lights, a few family patrons scattered in the dining area. The mood is bright and festive. Chad, Mike and Reverend Don all sport white tees, rolled up jeans. Chad used enough Pomade to sink a battleship to perfect his pompadour. Carolyn sports a poodle skirt, a Pink Ladies-style satin jacket, and saddle shoes. (applause)
Rev. Don: I have never been here – what’s the recommendation?
Michael: For you, I suggest a lobotomy…. (crowd laughs)
Rev. Don: Sit on it, Mikey! I mean what are you going to order?
Chad: Might I suggest, anything on the menu, this is straight Americana, Boys and Girls.
Carolyn: Burgers and Sundae’s? Boy isn’t this place just dreamy.
Michael: I think I will go with the Bacon and Cheese Double Steakburger.
Rev. Don: Gee that sounds swell. I think I will go with the Double Steak Burger California Style because if it is California it must be cool, unlike you squares. (laughter) But hold the sauce- you know I don’t dig the sauces.
Chad: If only you could hold your sauce (mimes someone drinking)… (laughter) I think I will hit up the Original Double.
Carolyn: Since I’m a tried and true type of gal, I’m sticking with the original.
(After ordering, the four sit down in a booth and proceed to get their food.)
Chad: The double burger gets a double thumbs up and an “Ayyyyy!” There was a skirt of crunchy beef around the edge of the smashed patty, which was cooked to a perfect medium in the center. The ultra-thin, ultra-crispy bacon complemented the burger like a poodle skirt and bobby socks. I give this a solid 4.0 and with the addictive skinny fries, the whole experience was almost as good as a drive to Inspiration Point.
Michael: That’s the only thing that would be going up to Inspiration Point with you! (laughter) I. Found. My. Thrill. On. The bacon cheese double. It gets a 4.0 from me.
Carolyn: Boy-oh-boy does this burger hit the spot! The double flattened patties with the perfect amount of mustard and long-sliced pickles are everything a Pink Lady could ask for and more. Add some cheese and that burger is the bees knees! I’d rather come here and grab a Freddy’s radioactive burger and fries with my Daddy-O rather than hit up that silly hand jive dance-off any day of the week. 4.0
Rev. Don: Yep Yep Yep, that was a good burger. As you said straight Americana. I give it a 4.0, and I give this Chocolate Brownie Delight Sundae my digits, it can call me anytime. I’ve still got it!
Overall rating: 4.0 for 32 out of 68
More about the authors:
Michael Marino, Chad Ward, Carolyn McLain and Reverend Donald Corey are The Straight Beef, professional burgiatrists who review, rate and rank Triangle-area burgers on their award-winning blog. You can read more about The Straight Beef, including their education and scholarship, ratings system, and burger categorization method on their official website.