The Freeze of Asheville

The Freeze of Asheville: A Seasonal Ice Cream Joint with a Diverse Menu
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Freeze of Asheville may only be open during the warmer months, but patrons agree it's worth the wait. Perfect for a quick lunch or after-dinner dessert, its diverse menu features everything from hot fudge cake to floats to BBQ sandwiches. With an emphasis on quality ingredients, it's worth the wait.

- The Local Expert Team

The Freeze of Asheville is a quick-serve restaurant that’s known for its soft-serve ice cream. Luscious and smooth, regulars rave about the quality of the toppings, the flavorful milkshakes, and the ease of creating their favorite dish. Customize your order with whatever you like, whether it’s fruit, candy, or hot fudge.

This restaurant is similar to many small-town joints that only open during the summer. It’s known for having deep lines when the weather heats up, particularly when all of the school-age kids are looking for a place to enjoy their vacation. What makes The Freeze different is the attention to detail in both the ingredients and the menu. Featuring everything from snickers sundaes to hot dogs, there’s a lot of creativity to be found behind a fairly generic exterior.

When you’re at The Freeze of Asheville, here are our picks on what to order:

Coffee Cooler
In every other respect, the Coffee Cooler is a milkshake. Instead of milk, they substitute flavorful java. It’s a pick-me-up that combines bitter and sweet in a single sip. It’s perfect for when you find yourself yawning in the sun or wanting to power through a warm night.

Strawberry Shortcakes
Vanilla cake, vanilla ice cream, strawberries, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries all make for a treat that can’t be beat. If you want to enjoy a beloved summer fruit at the height of freshness in North Carolina, this is the way to go.

Meaning ‘perfect’ in French, this international favorite is layers of soft-serve, chocolate, pineapple, and strawberries. Topped with whipped cream and a cherry, it’s a blend of tart and sweet that really wakes up your taste buds.

Hot Fudge Cake
The hot fudge cake is chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce (plus the requisite whipped cream and maraschino cherry). Delicious after chowing down on nachos or just on its own, this long-standing confection has been a mainstay for a reason.

Reeses Cup Sundae
For anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate, this dish is a celebration of the two classics in every bite. Made with peanut butter cups, peanut butter sauce, chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice cream, the balance of flavors manages to somehow leave you wanting more from every bite.

Ice cream is one of the most popular snacks in the world, and most people know it as a defining trait of summer. If you can’t wait for the ice cream truck to roll around your neighborhood, making a trip to The Freeze will undoubtedly be one of the more memorable things you can do in the city.

Insider Tips:
-The parking lot is very small, so be prepared to look for street parking.
-Lines tend to be long, so you may need to wait for a half-hour or more. (Online ordering may not be available.)
-Portions are very big, so err on the side of splitting unless you’re starving!
-Known for their soft-serve, but do offer hard-scoop ice cream as well.