This beloved summer treat—a soft serve frozen dessert made with at least 10 percent milk fat and 1.4 percent egg yolk—is smoother, creamier, and (arguably) more delicious than your standard scoop of ice cream. Satisfy your sweet tooth—and take a trip down memory lane—at one of these standout locales around the country, handpicked by TripAdvisor, based on feedback from its community of travelers. 

By Brigitt Earley
Updated May 19, 2015
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H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty Images


Saint Louis, Missouri
A Saint Louis institution since 1941, this quaint custard stand features 12 serving windows at which guests can order 20 different signature sundaes, or create their own.


Meadville, Pennsylvania
A variety of flavors—chocolate and vanilla are served every day, but otherwise the picks change daily—are still churned out on the original machines purchased when this custard stand first opened in 1952.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In addition to frozen custard that’s made daily with fresh cream and eggs, this Wisconsin landmark (it’s been in operation since 1942) also serves hot dogs and hamburgers.


Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
If you want to really treat yourself, order this rich, smooth custard with a heavy hand of hot fudge, marshmallow, or butterscotch (all sourced from a small company that’s been making the toppings for more than 100 years).


Maple Shade, New Jersey
This tiny drive-in custard stand is open year-round and, though it has just three serving windows, boasts a variety of old fashioned sundaes, shakes, water ices, and more.


Mundelein, Illinois
Even though this establishment only opened in the spring of 2013, the retro building and old-time music will transport you way back in time. In addition to chocolate and vanilla, they offer a flavor of the day and a shake of the month.


Carlisle, Pennsylvania
This old-fashioned ice cream stand, open from March through October, has been serving frozen custard and hand-dipped ice cream since 1945.


Maryville, Illinois
Dense custard is served straight from the machine—never frozen or fluffed with air. Try the “famous” turtle sundae—vanilla custard topped with hot fudge and hot caramel, and sprinkled with salted, roasted pecan halves.


Grand Marais, Minnesota
Nestled right along the waterfront of Lake Superior, this tiny hotspot is known for both traditional frozen custard and wood fired pizza.


Fernandina Beach, Florida
You can’t miss this brightly colored, family-run shop and you definitely won’t want to miss their frozen custard. The shop also features an extensive café menu, complete with sandwiches, sides, snacks, coffee, and more.