Until Freddy's gets to town, most people assume that there are only three frozen custard options for Kansas Citians -- Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard, Sheridan's and Culver's.
But if you do a little digging, you'll find two more options for frozen custard in the area. Shake's Frozen Custard is a national chain with a location in Overland Park (12140 College Boulevard), and Waldo Pizza sells prepacked pints of St. Louis-based Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. With the St. Louis Cardinals in town, we decided to take a cup of Ted Drewes and let it battle the best the city has to offer in Foo's.
Last summer, we put Sheridan's and Culver's to the test, with Sheridan's earning the victory. This time, it was Foo's vanilla frozen custard against Ted Drewes' pomegranate.
Waldo Pizza has a rotating cast of flavors -- Oreo, chocolate and vanilla. You get what's in the freezer that day. And right now, it's pomegranate.
The Ted Drewes pomegranate was slightly pink; but had no other strong characteristics of the fruit. A bit sweet and certainly rich, but more in the way that anything with that much butterfat is going to slowly coat your tongue.
"This could be raspberry or tomato. I'd believe either one," one taster remarked. If there's such a thing as generic, but pleasing custard -- that was Ted Drewes.
Which would be fine if the spoonful of Foo's vanilla frozen custard wasn't waiting. Foo's is lighter and smoother. The creamy vanilla is clearly vanilla. I like when a flavor doesn't apologize. The only trouble with Foo's is that it can get melty, but in most cases, you're spooning down the custard too quickly for that to happen.
While we'll admit that it's a bit unfair to compare hard-packed custard with the fresh stuff -- Foo's still dominated its I-70 rival. You can call us homers at Fat City, but what began in St. Louis has been perfected by Kansas City.