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Restaurant Spotlight: Frozen Dairy Bar

spotlightOpen since 1950 Frozen Dairy Bar and Boardwalk Pizza didn’t always serve the tasty beach-style treats it has now. Originally opened to only serve frozen custard, this restaurant has come a long way over the years.

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Frozen Dairy Bar (Photo: News-Press)

 

Open since 1950 Frozen Dairy Bar and Boardwalk Pizza didn’t always serve the tasty beach-style treats it has now. Originally opened to only serve frozen custard, this restaurant has come a long way over the years.

Owner Richard Eakin is the third owner of this restaurant. His mother was the architect to the original building. Eakin came on board in 2000 to save this local favorite when there were plans to tear it down.

In early 2007, General Manager Michael Natolie joined the crew and warmed things up by adding a menu that offered savory year-round treats. In February of that year, the doors were open to the public as the new Frozen Dairy Bar and Boardwalk Pizza. As it was done 50 years ago the items are made fresh every day, including the original frozen custard that started it all.

This writer recommends starting off with some traditional Cheese Beach Fries ($3.95). For those looking for something with a little more spice, Jalapeño Poppers ($5.95) –– cream cheese filled fried jalapeño peppers with cheddar cheese dipping sauce, are where it’s at.

It’s no surprise that the number-one-selling item on the hot food menu is pizza. Patrons can savor a variety of specialty pies. Only offered in 16-inch rounds, the special selections range from the traditional Meat Lover’s ($21) to some veggie delights.

The White Veggie Pie ($20) is topped with roasted garlic, mushrooms, spinach, ricotta and mozzarella, it’s a burst of flavor for anyone looking to step away from the usual plain cheese, while keeping things animal friendly.The size of these pies make them ideal for sharing.

For picky eaters, Frozen Dairy Bar offers up a list of pizza toppings to choose from. Additions include everything from artichoke hearts to sausage, and even capers. For traditional pies prices vary according to the size of the pizza and amount of toppings. Want it all on a budget? Ask for a Boardwalk Special Pizza, choose four toppings and get the fifth and sixth for free.

And don’t forget the cheese-steak subs.

“They are real East-Coast style cheese steaks; it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Natolie.

Boardwalk treats; though tasty, can be a little on the heavy side. So the menu also has an assortment of fresh salads, including favorites like the Chicken Caesar Salad ($7.95) and an authentic Italian Caprese Salad ($6.50) –– fresh sliced mozzarella and tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.

The cool treats that began it all are the perfect end to a delightful meal at FDB. Guests can choose from a variety of flavors. However, even after years of business the most popular flavor sold is vanilla, said Natolie.

Frozen Dairy Bar and Boardwalk Pizza offers all the traditional beach-style favorites without the steep getaway. This independent pizzeria has been beloved by the Falls Church community for over 60 years and it is evident that it will be loved for many more to come.

Frozen Dairy Bar

6641 Arlington Blvd. , Falls Church, VA

fbdpizza.com • 703-534-4200

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.