Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats
By Lani Gering
Take a Step Back in Time!
“Goodies” is the DC areas first and only “Vintage Mobile Eatery” operating out of a refurbished 1952 Metro Van named “Gigi”. Rumor has it that another van named “Rudy” is in the works and he will be serving up coffee and donuts. In addition to Gigi, they have a kiosk on American Way in National Harbor and operate out of a space in the basement level in the USDA South Ag Building on 14th and Independence Ave SW. This is where some of the absolute best frozen custard I have ever tasted is made fresh daily. I spent my fair share of time in that same building and all that was on that floor when I was there was the Credit Union!
To quote their Mission Statement: “We are founded on a pioneer spirit of character, integrity and high quality; our company is dedicated to excellence in products and service to our customers.” When you meet Brandon and Rozell you will see that they live up to this statement. I haven’t had the pleasure of being served my usual Root Beer Float from the likes of Gigi but I have seen them in action at the kiosk in National Harbor.
They say it best in the description on their Facebook page:
Goodies takes us back to that simpler place and time where passion, integrity, quality and customer service were more than mere words. A time period when Dick Clarks’ American Bandstand dominated TV; and Rock & Roll artists like Ray Charles, Little Richard, Elvis, Fats Domino and Chubby Checker ruled the jukeboxes.”
Let’s get to the good stuff – the custard! It is handmade DAILY by Byrd and Moore in the Ag building location and then packed up and “trucked” around town and delivered to the National Harbor location. I don’t think that I can actually describe just how good the custard is. My favorite way to eat it is in their Old Fashioned Root Beer Float made with Sprecher Gourmet Root Beer! In addition to the “Pick and Pour” floats, on their menu are shakes, sundaes, peach cobbler and donuts and combinations of them all. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I hope those on this page are enticing enough for you to seek them out.