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2016/02/19 11:53:30 (permalink)

Freddy's?

The other day we noticed we have a new fast food place called Freddy's. Since we'd never heard of it, we looked them up.
 
http://www.freddysusa.com/
 
Anybody have an opinion? From their website they look like a combination of Culver's, Steak n' Shake, and Checkers. Couldn't tell if they have indoor seating, but there was a line of cars at the drive-thru about 20 long. Oddly, ours is the only location in Michigan... usually places hit the Detroit area first.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 12:08:06 (permalink)
I just checked out their menu and I'd sure try it. I noticed they serve Vienna Beef hot dogs, and they have toasted split-top buns.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 12:41:47 (permalink)
If you go on the Cincinnati Yelp page for Freddy's there is an extensive review and some pictures from a certain individual named T.J. (yes the one we know and love).  He gives it a pretty mediocre 3 star review but some of the pics look pretty good.  He seems to agree with your assessment that it is a Steak & Shake/Culver's clone.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 14:49:18 (permalink)
Sounds like it'll be worth a shot. It's right around the corner from my niece's house, so it'll be convenient for a change of pace. I can't see it working for my regular life as not only is it way out of my travel path but it closes ridiculously early. After we go I'll report back.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 14:59:52 (permalink)
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a certain individual named T.J. (yes the one we know and love)

 
Yeah, thats me.  I'd say I am known, but I dont get a lot of love :-) 
 
If my kids were rating the place, they'd probably give it 5 stars.  They - even the picky one - love the food there.
 
The burgers and shoestring-style fries are like Steak N Shake
 
The custard and counter-service ordering is like Culvers
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2016/02/19 18:24:16
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 15:24:56 (permalink)
I tried Freddy's vanilla frozen custard when I was driving through Frisco, Texas.  Not bad but I like Culver's better.
 
I'll have to give it more attention the next time I'm there.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 17:17:17 (permalink)
Too late, it seems the Freddy's in Frisco is gone.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 19:25:59 (permalink)
It's definitely a Steak n Shake clone, although it's been around awhile.  I like it.  I like Steak n Shake.  Culver's, not as much.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 19:37:15 (permalink)
except counter service instead of table service like at SnS
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 19:40:29 (permalink)
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except counter service instead of table service like at SnS


I like that, too.  Sometimes it's a pain to get a check at SnS.  And Freddy's always gives it to you right off the grill.  SnS' greatest weakness is its table service, in my opinion.  
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 19:52:17 (permalink)
As far as I'm concerned Steak and Shake's greatest weakness is it's stone dry hamburgers. The damned things are cooked till they're are devoid of juiciness.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 20:25:50 (permalink)
We had one open about 4-5 months ago by us, and I thought it was fine then but the burger wasn't quite as flavorful as I would've liked. Since then, the burgers have been great and the hot dogs are excellent as well. Love the toasted buns they use.

Vienna is a quality hot dog, and while Freddy's doesn't do its dogs in the Chicago style (which I think is overrated anyway) I give it a B+. The bun is seriously one of the best I've ever had for a hot dog, though. It gets an A+.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 20:50:52 (permalink)
When I checked out their menu this afternoon they had a Chicago style dog -- mustard, relish, pickle, sport peppers, tomato and celery salt.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 21:23:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2016/10/15 19:15:27
Which I know you'll avoid at all costs.  Maybe they'll start serving a grilled Salami Sandwich for all the CSD haters.
 
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 21:43:24 (permalink)
While I am not a fan of the Chicago style hotdog I do like Vienna Beef dogs, and Freddy's menu lists a regular one in a toasted bun, and it offers mustard, relish, chopped onions and sauerkraut, among other things. So I'm good with that.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 22:05:51 (permalink)
I accept your apology.  No, no, say nothing more.  Your gracious acquiescence is sufficient.
 
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 22:17:52 (permalink)
But I could go for another one of those char grilled salami sandwiches from Poochie's.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/19 22:37:38 (permalink)
Anytime you want to come to Chicago, we've got one waiting with your name on it (written in mustard, natch').  I'd bring one to Pittsburgh in April, but I don't think it would travel well.
 
Actually, just to get this thread back on track, we've been wanting to give Freddy's a try for some time now.  Unfortunately, there aren't any around here, and the only places we've visited, where they've got locations, are Springfield, IL and KCMO/KCKS.  When there's that much good Roadfood to be had, it's tough to sacrifice a meal for a fast food chain, even a good one.
 
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/20 01:41:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2017/04/16 14:08:05
We have them in AZ.
The Price/Value equation is out of whack.
High prices for average quality with the exception of the frozen custard but the prices on that are high as well.
Culver's is better IMHO.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/20 01:49:48 (permalink)
So they do have inside service! Good to know...driving by, it looked like all they had was drive-thru. Which would be fine, but eating inside is easier than hauling all the kids there only to haul them all home and hand out food. It may not be somewhere we got very often, but it's worth a shot at least once. And since it's about 1/4 mile from my niece's house, that works out just fine. Thank you!
 
I would like to congratulate all of us for offering honest opinions and not just saying it's got to be horrible because it's a chain.  I'm kind of a big fan of Steak n' Shake, but not so much Culver's except their frozen custard.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/20 02:15:33 (permalink)
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So they do have inside service! Good to know...driving by, it looked like all they had was drive-thru. Which would be fine, but eating inside is easier than hauling all the kids there only to haul them all home and hand out food. It may not be somewhere we got very often, but it's worth a shot at least once. And since it's about 1/4 mile from my niece's house, that works out just fine. Thank you!
 
I would like to congratulate all of us for offering honest opinions and not just saying it's got to be horrible because it's a chain.  I'm kind of a big fan of Steak n' Shake, but not so much Culver's except their frozen custard.


Freddy's custard is good, but pricy. Isn't everything these days?
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/20 10:56:04 (permalink)
The first time I ate at a Freddy's was two years ago in Wichita; a day later I ate at another one in Colorado Springs.  They were OK.  Not great, but not bad.  Now there is one near me in Evansville, Indiana.  They are kind of pricey.  Steak N' Shake has a better flavored hamburger; Culver's has better custard.  If you want to try a hamburger from Freddy's, though, get a triple-burger with just the bare bones of condiments--if any; I discovered that by doing that you will get an idea of how good the meat is--or isn't.  Why?  The burger is so thin that the bread kind of overwhelms the meat.  Then go to Steak N' Shake and compare the difference in flavor.
 
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/20 23:41:02 (permalink)
Your assessment is one of the reasons we're not overly anxious to try Freddy's.  We've heard similar complaints about high prices for just average food from friends and relatives.  Personally, if I'm in the market for a skinny griddle burger, served by a chain, Culver's will be my first choice every time, followed by Steak N Shake.
 
When I'm on my home turf, and don't need to settle for chain food, Red Hot Ranch serves up the best griddle burger on the north side of Chicago.  Schoop's offers the best version on the south side and NW Indiana, although there are occasional complaints that quality is inconsistent between locations.
 
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/21 22:05:47 (permalink)
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From their website they look like a combination of Culver's, Steak n' Shake, and Checkers.

I'd be all for a place named "Cussers", if only for the eavesdropping.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/02/22 18:52:05 (permalink)
They opened two stores in Georgia in 2014: one in Athens and one in McDonough, a suburb south of Atlanta.  I've received some news releases from their PR company and have thought about trying the Athens store one of these days, but there are a million other restaurants in Athens calling for my attention first.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/09/03 20:47:03 (permalink)
My wife and I had dinner at the Freddy's that's about 10-15 minutes from us a little while ago. Just about every meal I have there reaffirms its place as my favorite fast-food chain. About the only thing it needs to make it absolutely perfect would be good fried chicken. But I love the burgers, which are by far the closest thing to the flat, crispy-edged Midwest style burgers that we have in this area (my personal favorite style of burger ... and while I respect Louis' judgement very much, I find the double with pickles, onions, mustard and ketchup to be ideal), and the Vienna Beef hot dogs always come on perfectly grilled New England style buns. I know that's not authentic for the Chicago-style dog, but I'd take a grilled New England style bun over any other type of hot dog bun I can think of.
The fries are similar to the ones at Steak 'n Shake and, again, perfectly suited to how I prefer my fries.
To top that all off, they've got a fully loaded genuine frozen custard menu for dessert. We both had sundaes. I would say the custard is not quite as good as what is served at Shake Shack or Culver's, but still very good.
 



I never seem to get a shot that really captures the burger well when I go to Freddy's. But the kids that make them have been getting progressively better at getting them flatter and wider with crispier edges during the few years that the one near me has been around.


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Re: Freddy's? 2016/09/04 10:38:55 (permalink)
Burgers look great! I agree about the buns for the hot dogs-wish we could get the New England style buns here. I would try Freddys in a heartbeat-I am not a fan of Culvers at all-but I am spoiled to have Kopps in the Milwaukee area!
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/09/04 11:37:21 (permalink)
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Burgers look great! I agree about the buns for the hot dogs-wish we could get the New England style buns here. I would try Freddys in a heartbeat-I am not a fan of Culvers at all-but I am spoiled to have Kopps in the Milwaukee area!



Yes, you are! I was in the Milwaukee area for a couple days in I think late '14. It wasn't a roadfood trip and I was with people who didn't really care where we ate. But the one place I managed to get to of note was Kopp's. Their custard is definitely the best I've ever had and I was also extremely impressed with their burgers.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/09/04 11:48:47 (permalink)
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Burgers look great! I agree about the buns for the hot dogs-wish we could get the New England style buns here. I would try Freddys in a heartbeat-I am not a fan of Culvers at all-but I am spoiled to have Kopps in the Milwaukee area!


Here in Florida, Pepperidge Farm sells them,Although they are pricey as compared to the regular ones.
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Re: Freddy's? 2016/09/04 13:29:28 (permalink)
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Burgers look great! I agree about the buns for the hot dogs-wish we could get the New England style buns here. I would try Freddys in a heartbeat-I am not a fan of Culvers at all-but I am spoiled to have Kopps in the Milwaukee area!


Here in Florida, Pepperidge Farm sells them,Although they are pricey as compared to the regular ones.



I used to see them in the supermarket in the Philly area, sometimes from Pepperidge Farm, but haven't for a number of years now.
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