Restaurant Review

General Custard’s

General Custard’s
2578 E. Chestnut Avenue, Vineland

HOURS: Mon–Sat, 7 am-3 pm, Sun, 8 am-2 pm


STYLE: As the logo with the smiling ice cream cone in a 10-gallon hat says, “50s Style Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor.” That means lots of genuine neon and amiable service; a soda fountain, winding counter and booths; and old 45s pasted to the walls.

DON’T MISS: About 80 flavors of homemade sodas—from coconut to cherry bubble gum to peach honeydew to coffee mint ($1.19-1.79). The menu is a dozen pages long, with breakfast served all day and inexpensively. The priciest is the General’s omelet: three eggs with onions, peppers, ham, mushrooms and cheese, with home fries and buttered toast ($7.19). Steak sandwiches, monstrous salads, burgers and wraps with sides of fries and cole slaw go for $6-$9. A double-sized bowl of chili comes with a sliced kaiser roll for dipping ($4.70). The special sandwich is the El Cubano—ham, swiss, roast Cuban pork and spicy mustard on hot Cuban bread ($7.89).

HEADS UP: Huge milkshakes overflow—you can probably take home half—with exotic flavors like Almond Joy and mint cookies and cream ($4.49, extra thick or with malt for 60 cents more). Ice cream sodas with any of those crazy flavors are $3.49.

THE SCOOP:  Just down the street from Vineland High School and really right out of Happy Days.

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  • General Custard’s
    2578 East Chestnut Avenue
    Vineland, NJ 08360
  • Hours:
    Mon–Sat, 7 am-3 pm, Sun, 8 am-2 pm
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