Since its establishment in 1950, the Frozen Dairy Bar was always a Falls Church staple. Originally housed in a small Art Deco building on a lot near Route 50, the Frozen Dairy Bar fought against the development of the lot, but eventually became a part of the new shopping center. In 2015 the Frozen Dairy Bar got a makeover and was renamed the FDB Eatery. Instead of being the local frozen custard place that happened to serve food, the FDB Eatery tried to become a nicer restaurant that happened to serve frozen custard. The frozen custard counter was closed off from the rest of the restaurant, and the decor was dark and uninviting.
Sunday night my mother and I were happy to discover that the FDB Eatery has since come into the ownership of married couple Usman Batti and Lilly Kaur, the owners of the popular food truck, DC Steakholders. The Frozen Dairy Bar, now DC Steakholders, opened April 6, 2019. As avid lovers of the original establishment, we were eager to try the frozen custard at DC Steakholders.
We were not disappointed. We both got chocolate custard, and it was great. Frozen custard is by its very nature richer than ice cream, but the frozen custard at DC Steakholders was richer than what I remember from the Frozen Dairy Bar. Just as smooth as the original, the DC Steakholders frozen custard tastes more luxurious, and the chocolate flavor was excellent.
Another lovely change was the decor. DC Steakholders’ decor harks back to that of the original. There are prints of diners, traditional American food, and other memorabilia Americana decorating the walls. The paint is a cheery, gentle light yellow, much better than the dark red of the FDB Eatery. In true diner fashion, there is a neon light running near the ceiling.
DC Steakholders does not put on airs, and also respects the history of the original Frozen Dairy Bar. It’s pretty to look at, and the custard is delicious. We will definitely return to try the cheesesteaks – and wrap up with more custard.