Debs Frosty, in Diamond Springs is in an iconic old building on Main Street. Its run down exterior has been the reason I have avoided the eating there. But, after years of driving by I finally stopped in for lunch.
There were multiple cars parked in front, which is usually a good sign that it’s a decent place. The menu is posted outside, with a window for ordering, although I don’t know if its functioning because I went inside to order. The restaurants interior is no better looking than the exterior. It looked poorly maintained and dated with wood paneling, old dining chairs, and a counter with broken corners, the tables were decorated with plastic bottles covered in tinfoil and artificial flowers, the tinfoil around the plastic bottles was a very strange touch, but I proceeded to the counter to order anyway. They appear to serve a variety of American and Mexican food, but because of the condition of the restaurant I was afraid to order anything besides chili-cheese fries, because I thought it was the safest item. I was wrong.
The order came fast, and because I ordered it to go, it was in the typical styrofoam take out container. It wasn’t until I got back to work that I realized how terrible the food was. The first indicator was the styrofoam container was not closed properly, upon examination I found it was because the Styrofoam was distorted, almost melted n the sides. I realize this must be the result of being heated. My suspicious were proven when I examined the food inside, which was clearly a plate of soggy, old French fries covered in chili and melted cheese. Terrible would be an understatement. The fries were clearly microwave to reheat and I seriously doubt the freshness of the chili. The most concerning thing was the clearly microwave styrofoam container it was served it. I did feel like I was obligated to at least try the food, but it was no better than it looked. Soggy reheated fries have a very specific texture, and these fries had it. I couldn’t bear to eat the food, and it was thrown in the trash.
Maybe it’s a fluke, maybe it was an off day for the chef, but with the combination of the very ill-maintained restaurant I doubt it. There’s an abundance of other diners serving quick American and Mexican food within a ten minute drive of Deb’s Frosty, so it’s unlikely that I’ll ever return to find out.