I read about this place on a food blog and tried to go a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't going to shell out 8 bucks for parking at the Santa Monica Pier, and I didn't find any open meter parking nearby. So today I was having my car serviced at a dealer that had a shuttle and it was too early for a DineLA lunch, so I decided to have them leave me off nearby. Service very friendly, nice day, so I began with a single cheeseburger and fries. Burger was good -- meat loosely formed, well-charred, soft bun, american cheese, thin slice of tomato and crisp leaf of iceberg. Fries also good -- thin but thicker than McD's, crisp, salted, some skins still on. With a cup of ice-water (a bit miffed that the bill showed $.23 for a cup), tax, and a small tip for counter service I was in for about that parking charge.
Saved room for that frozen custard for dessert. Those of us who grew up in or visit St. Louis are familiar with Ted Drewe's, the happiest place in town on a summer night -- particularly after a Cardinal's win -- and the soft frozen custard they serve as sundaes or particularly as "concretes," which are like thick shakes sans milk with mix-ins, that can be turned upside-down (briefly!) without spilling. They offer concretes at Pier Burger, and I ordered a chocolate without any mix-ins, which sort of flummoxed my server. What I received was rich, thick (as thick as soft-serve ice cream -- thicker than a Wendy's Frosty) and delicious -- very satisfying. $4.50 + tax for what appeared to be a 16-oz cup.
Here is a previous thread from last fall: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814781
I wasn't watching closely, but I saw scoops (or at least I'm sure I saw scoopers) rather than a soft-serve dispenser. I know my concrete was mixed in a shake mixer.
I would splurge on one of these tasty treats and indulge in hometown nostalgia pretty often, if not for the expense of parking or the inconvenience of a longish walk. But if you find yourself near the Santa Monica Pier, off Ocean Ave. at the foot of Colorado in Santa Monica, this is where to find good frozen custard with the demise of Lickety Split and other purveyors, may they rest in delicious peace.
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