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Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (7301 West 135th Street) opened last week at 135th and Riley in Overland Park. At 5:15 p.m. Saturday, I thought I'd beat the rush. But we got the second-to-last available table as anxious diners watched to see when we would finish our meal to approach us about sitting down.
Freddy's is like the Wichita-based offspring of Winstead's and Sheridan's -- a menu of frozen-custard concoctions and thin, crispy steakburgers. It's a concept that seems built for Kansas City.
The sparkling red-and-white interior -- even the exposed ducts are bright red -- is a modern take on the classic diner. Red booths line the walls and a few chrome and red stools are sprinkled throughout the dining room.
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The menu will be familiar to burger shop habitues: singles, doubles, triples, Chicago-style hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, patty melts. The dessert menu is just as extensive, with sundaes, shakes, concretes and cones.
The burgers are smashed flat with slightly charred edges (single is $2.99, combo is $5.19). A single makes you want a double. The fries are thin potato sticks -- salty and crunchy. Iced-tea fans will be glad to see a Luzianne drink dispenser rather than the ubiquitous China Mist.
I went with the signature Turtle Custard ($3.49 for a mini) -- vanilla custard with hot fudge, hot caramel, toasted pecans and whipped cream. The concrete was smooth with tiny bits of pecan in most bites. The ice cream was ready before our meal, but having dessert first is never a terrible thing.
I've never eaten Winstead's and thought, What I need right now is a concrete
. But maybe I just wasn't thinking straight.Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 913-897-1110.