Having heard about Carl's for years, we took the opportunity on Saturday night to try it. Although it was cool, the line still extended well into the night. Even two couples dressed for a prom were on line. The wait, however, was not outrageous as the line moved quickly. My wife, the custard expert from Rochester (NY) claimed the texture matched Abbott's but complained that the chocolate lacked the intensity it needed. I thought the vanilla also was bland and the hot fudge (so I splurged on calories) watery.