- Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
- 9809 S. Eastern Ave., 434-3733.
- Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
- 5117 W. Charleston Blvd., 706-2728.
- Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
Originally hailing from Kansas, Freddy’s is one of the latest additions to the ever-changing eatfest on Eastern Avenue. There’s a big, spacious dining room—on my visit, full of families enjoying the last days of summer vacay—and a drive-through window for added convenience. My favorite things about Freddy’s are the hours; in my world, 10:30 a.m. just happens to be the best time to eat a gooey double cheeseburger. Those burgers are very In-N-Outish, whether you consider that a good or bad thing, and there are patty melts, hot dogs and chicken tenders on the menu, too. The fries are perfect, extra thin and crisp. But there’s a reason frozen custard comes before steakburgers in Freddy’s name, as this thick and crazy-creamy dessert deserves the spotlight. Try the signature turtle sundae, with hot fudge and caramel drowning pecans over vanilla custard. Am I the only one dipping fries in whipped cream? Is that weird? –Brock Radke
Remember that one time you ordered a brat at In-N-Out? Yeah, that happened … except that you were actually at Dita’s on West Charleston, formerly home to a Del Taco. This German/American fast food joint is something of a doppelgänger for the renowned chain with a burger highly reminiscent of the perennial favorite. The toppings—lettuce, tomato, American cheese and a Thousand Island derivative—are dead ringers, while the patty itself is just slightly less flavorful. Not bad for a tiny, locally owned joint. Even better is the currywurst. The traditional German street food consists of sausage slices bathed in an evenly spiced, ketchup-based curry sauce with a side of freshly made fries. Still, “fast” food this is not, as everything’s made to order. So sit back and bask in the best casual food the U.S. and Germany have to offer. –Jim Begley