Happiness is Fosters Freeze’s purpose. They want to make people happy by providing some of life’s simple pleasures, nothing ritzy, just the regular everyday happiness that the Antelope Valley and ice cream brings. 

We found that statement to be true last week, while having lunch in Rosamond at Fosters Freeze. It has been a California tradition since the mid-1940s. The Fosters story began in 1946, when George Foster opened the first Fosters Freeze, introducing the soft-serve cone and a line of soft-serve desserts.  As California grew, so did the Fosters concept. Made-to-order hamburgers, fries and other food items were added to the menu. Fosters Freeze truly could be described as California’s first fast food chain. 

Today, the menu consists of burgers, pastrami, Texas toast grilled cheese, ham and cheese and BLT; grilled, spicy and crispy chicken and other sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips, burritos, tacos, patty melts, corn dogs, chipotle turkey burgers, garden burgers, fish filets, taquitos, chili burgers, waffle fries, French fries, chili cheese fries, onion rings and mozzarella sticks. That is a substantial menu and all of my fast food favorites. You can add chili, cheese or bacon to most items and get combo meals with fries and a drink.

When it comes to soft-serve desserts, Fosters Freeze has an even larger variety. There are shakes in assorted flavors and sizes, as well as sundaes in chocolate, strawberry, triple berry, hot fudge, caramel, pineapple, peach and cherry; root beer floats; vanilla, chocolate and half-and-half cones, which, for an additional 50 cents, can be dipped in chocolate; parfaits, banana splits and their famous Twisters in flavors like Oreo, Reese’s peanut butter cup, Butterfinger, worm n’ dirt, cookie dough, Rocky Road, Snickers, M&M and mud pie — a true candy lover’s delight. You also might want to try one of the ice-cold and refreshing freezes available in root beer, orange crush, berry, banana and cappuccino flavors.

After a beautful drive to the poppy reserve, we were ravenous, which was apparent in our large order — the big boss, pastrami sandwich, turkey burger, BLT, grilled cheese, hot dog, taco, fish filet sandwich, onion rings, fries, hot fudge sundae and two sodas. The server asked if our order was for there or to go and when I said, “for here” she looked at us, raised an eyebrow and gave us a funny grin. I mentioned I wanted to try a little of everything as I was going to write a review and we would wait till we were finished with the food to enjoy the sundae.

We had such an enjoyable time tasting all the different items and watching the other patrons stare at all the food that was on our table. The frank, otherwise known as a hot dog, was grilled just right for a perfect texture, bite after bite. The bun was grilled with a little butter, which gave the combination a wonderful flavor. Hot dogs are one of my favorites — I enjoy eating them many different ways, but ketchup, mustard and relish is my favorite. Now, let me tell you how much I enjoyed the taco, which I photographed completely open, so you can see how much tasty, nicely seasoned meat was inside that delicious, crispy shell. The fish filet sandwich included tartar sauce and lettuce, served on a grilled bun. The fish was crispy, light and chock full of flavor, not greasy, just yummy. I was going to share a taste with my companion, but I didn’t put it down long enough for him to get even a crumb.

He was most interested in the big boss (quarter pound patty, special sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles, Swiss and American cheese, bacon and two onion rings). And yes, it was just as delicious as it looks. I can attest to that because even though he wanted it, after my first bite, I couldn’t put it down. All those flavors wrapped inside a grilled bun were just way too delicious to only have a taste. He thought it was funny watching me devour that burger, as it was over-the top fabulous. 

The grilled cheese and BLT were made with Texas toast, which is about half an inch thick, which lends itself perfectly for great taste and substance. Both were equally delicious. Using two different cheeses for the grilled cheese proved to have a fabulous flavor and the crispy bacon, with an ample amount of mayo, made for the perfect BLT. 

I enjoyed having the moist, lean, flavorful pastrami served on a toasted roll with just the right amount of mustard and pickles to make it an excellent choice. Don’t even get me started on the onion rings — rich, savory and crispy outside with a very tasty ring of onion on the inside — pure perfection.

Now, we were ready for the sundae and what a beauty, with a large mound of soft-serve vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts with a cherry on top. It was soft, creamy and sweet combined with warm hot fudge — a decadent delight. 

Need I say more? I hope by now, your mouths are watering for some of this delicious fare and if so, you will find Fosters Freeze at 2080 Rosamond Blvd. in Rosamond, 661-256-4436. 

It’s open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. They offer dine-in, take-out and drive-thru. 

Bon appetit!

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