Once upon a time I was lucky enough to visit Nielsen's Frozen Custard on a weekly (if not more frequent) basis. My older sister worked there during high school and I would rollerblade to the Orem location. I have vivid memories ordering my favorites lemon or a concrete complete with cookie dough and carmel cashew. I also had my fare share of free ice cream. I guess she got to take hold old pints. So when she'd roll in after midnight we'd watch taped episodes (yes VHS) of Saved by The Bell and stuff our faces with that velvety smooth and dense custard.
Then one horrible day it was all of that goodness was taken away from me. My sister graduated high school and the location was axed. Now it's some lame-o piece of real estate that is either a car lot or vacant. However, from time to time I have the pleasure of visiting the Bountiful location like I did last Saturday for my first Utah Locavore 100 blog post!
Now I know the locavore list is for ice cream. But I have to tell you that the grinders (sandwiches) are equally incredible. I ordered my all-time favorite, "The Finer Things" that includes turkey, cream cheese, avocado, pepper relish, tomatoes and lettuce. My husband ordered the Spicy Italian with extra pepper relish. I wish I could remember what was on it.
I really think the stars were aligned for me that day, because the flavor of the day was Caramel Cashew...my very favorite! I ordered a small cup. The flavor was so deep and the cashews were so few and far between that they always made for a nice surprise when I bit into them. See, I'm normally not a fan of nuts in ice cream.
Nielsen's has a fun retro feel to it. The decor is black, white and red. Complete with a checkered floor. They only take cash or checks, which is a love hate thing for me. I love it because I think it's cool...and I hate it because I never carry cash. (Luckily they have a gas station close that has an ATM. I also love that there is no menu board above. When you get up to the counter you look at menus and you order. The cashier writes down your order on a piece of paper. Gosh, doesn't that feel so old school? I love it.
Nielsen's Frozen Custard also has a drive-thru and a walk up window. Their employees are mostly teenagers in white button-up shirts and those fun dorky hats. If you don't make it up to Bountiful as often as you'd like be sure to grab a pint of custard for the road!
Nielsen's Frozen Custard
570 W. 2600 South, Bountiful, 801-292-7479
3918 S. Highland, Holladay, 801-277-7479
378 N. Main St., Layton, 801-547-0775
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