Saturday, May 30, 2009
Now that Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror and June is right around the corner, we can start thinking summer thoughts. One of the best things about summer -- at least, in the Mid-Atlantic region and in New England, where I tend to spend most of my summers -- is going out to your local ice cream stand for a treat.
With the assumption that Thomas Sweet is ground zero (since it is in TigerHawk's home town), and using this list as a starting point for reference, please submit the name and location of your favorite place to go for premium ice cream in the United States. While I like Baskin-Robbins and Ben & Jerry's, I am generally looking for ice cream stands that are not part of national or super-regional chains.
There was a good one at the Disneyland Hotel years ago, but it was removed in the Downtown Disney remodel. I like Baskin-Robbins because I get a free pint of ice cream every time I donate blood, which is usually about every 60 days or so. We do have a local Italian ice stand, Joe's Italian Ice
on Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove, CA that is fantastic.
Does frozen custard count?
If so, Ted Drewes, St. Louis, Missouri.
Wiki: "In a poll of St. Louis citizens, 96% reported that they would go to Ted Drewes for frozen custard over any other establishment."
P.S. No, I don't live in Missouri. But I used to live in Newport Beach, CA, Tyree.
It took some searching but I found the link.
Worth the trip if you are visiting Disneyland.
DEC- Newport Beach! We were practically neighbors! I grew up in Garden Grove and now live in Anaheim.
Maybe I can touch off a Princeton ice cream war here...
Back in my undergrad days, it was the big T Sweet vs. Halo Pub question (I leaned Halo). Today, this question is irrelevant thanks to the fine folks at The Bent Spoon. If you're in Princeton, don't miss it... best stuff going and they're incredibly friendly too.
Agreed. In Princeton, the competition is indeed fierce. I passed up T Sweet yesterday because I had been to the Bent Spoon before the P-Rade. For those who do not know, the Bent Spoon is pretty authentic Italian-style ice cream.
It's been five years since I've been there (moved out-of-state) but Sourdough Fuel in North Pole, Alaska had the best ice cream in town. It's just a gas station, but they keep 8 flavors out and rotate them weekly. And it was a buck a (gigantic) scoop. I remember digging through couch cushions and between car seats with my Mom and sister trying to track down $3 one (relatively) hot night. It really was that good.
Plus, one block east and a couple blocks south of Pike Market in Seattle, there is a KILLER gelato shop.
It is around here everywhere now, but Bud's Ice Cream started on a corner in the Castro district of SF.
Every evening (summer evenings in San Francisco are pretty chilly) lines would form around the block.
Speaking of lines for ice cream. I once noted in St. Petersberg Russia that folks would form lines for three things: bread, cigarettes, and ice cream. And this was in February.
In Annapolis, it's Storm Bros. on city dock. Beaucoup flavors and the ambience of the whole thing. We think that the ice cream they use is from Hershey's.
TH, are you going to post some reunion pix for those of us who missed it?
JLW III '67
Tucker's Ice Cream in Alameda, California.
The Chocolate Bar is our favorite in Houston. They make all their own.
My favorite is Orange Sunrise, which pretty much has whole oranges ground up in it, and is great!
1. In Yardley, Pennsylvania, the Yardley Ice House off Main Street in Yardley. Great water ices and soft ice cream are available.
I'd also have to give a shout out to the Baskin & Robbins in the Oxford Oaks shopping center in Yardley. Rob, the owner, is a great guy.
2. In Ocean City, New Jersey, there's a great gelato place near 12th and the Boardwalk. I can't remember what it's called, but the gelato is delicious.
3. And, in Princeton, Thomas Sweet and Halo are excellent. The day I was at Bent Spoon I thought the flavors a bit too electic, and Ricky's Candy Bar appeals to the kids. Also, the Whole Foods on Route 1 has great gelato also.
Babcock Hall Ice cream on Univ of Wisconsin - Madison campus
Hands down best ice cream in the world. Sitting on the Memorial Union Terrace eating a cone of Babcock Hall ice cream is not to be missed.
Another +1 for the Halo pub.
If you're up in New Hampshire, go to the Kimball Farm.
My wife and I stopped (at the urging of a friend who used to live near there) and it completely rocks. Overly generous cones. Amazing variety.
Emack and Bolios in Orleans, MA. Very good ice cream, not the best in the whole world, but very good indeed, and it's on Cape Cod. That ought to count for something.
Capogiro in Philadelphia for excellent gelato. Again, not the world's best, but very fine.
In P'ton, Halo Pub has always been my Number One.
For those headed up Route 1 into Maine, stop off at Big Daddy's in Wells. It's been a family favorite & summer tradition for years. (Shameless local business plug: try the subs at Bennett's Store in K'bunk, too!)
TH: Hope you had a wonderful time during Reunions! I actually spent the weekend in Iowa City, but still managed a mini-Reunion while there.
I have to put in my plug for Call Hall ice cream at Kansas State University (my home). But for grab-and-go I still have a soft (and chocolate covered) spot in my heart for Arby's Jamocha Shake. Mmmmmm, chocolate *and* coffee....
If you are on the Jersey Shore, try Strolo's in Point Pleasant, the ice cream is good, but the Italian Ices are unparalleled. If you must have ice cream and are in Point Pleasant, then it's Hoffman's on route 35.