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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Sandwiches, Ice cream
Counter service

Mon–Fri 7:00am–5:00pm

Features Delivery, kid-friendly, veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx

1710 Eye St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 861-0669

Arlington, VA
1235 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Arlington, VA
(703) 416-2700
Dickey’s Frozen Custard
You’re never too old for ice cream

If you have ever spent a full summer in DC, you have probably developed a deep sympathy for everyone that is condemned to stroll the streets in a suit. Given that, it’s no surprise that you may stand witness to one of the most whimsical sights in Farragut—that of the grown businessperson ravenously licking an ice cream cone.

There are many ice cream options in DC; from full-fledged, old-fashioned ice cream stores to “real” frozen yogurt, you can find a full range of textures. Though many seem to melt together, one stands out from its peers: the frozen custard at Dickey’s.

Dickey’s Frozen Custard is a pretty standard lunch joint. Sandwiches and pitas satisfy working-lunchers and an array of potato chips, coffee dispensers, and bottled drink coolers fill up the small storefront. During busy hours, Dickey’s becomes a veritable sandwich conveyor belt, with lines out the door fulfilled as efficiently as any well-oiled factory.

The sandwiches at Dickey’s are fresh, good, and pretty plain-vanilla. A well-grilled veggie pita is stuffed full of crunchy sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet dressing, and warm, creamy hummus. The “Italiano” is decidedly white-bread: mid-quality deli meats like capicola and mortadella are doused with oil and vinegar, then smashed between dry, bleached ciabatta slices and toasted with provolone until it is a melty, gooey mess. Very little about it is Italian.

The best part about Dickey’s is undoubtedly its eponymous sweet treat. Frozen custard is offered simply as chocolate, vanilla, or a swirl, and can be topped with a variety of fresh fruit, chopped nuts (try the home-candied walnuts!), or mashed cookie bits. However, after tasting this thick, velvety custard, you may decide it doesn’t need any additional fuss. The texture is a cross between soft serve and ice cream, and nowhere near frozen yogurt. The flavor is mildly (not artificially) sweet, the overall effect luxuriant.

Ice cream aficionados would be well served to pay Dickey’s a visit. After all, you’re never too old or too well-dressed to enjoy a cone, especially in the summer.

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