Thursday, July 30, 2015
All three of those things apply at Gambino Brothers on the western side of Mobile, Alabama, along with a fourth -- when you can, dine with friends.
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|After the fire.|
|Mount Holly Plantation in 2010.|
Monday, July 6, 2015
We stopped in at 2 Sisters N Da East -- also known as 2 Sisters Out East or just 2 Sisters -- thanks to my curiosity. A couple of years ago, we were in New Orleans the first week of November, and we'd driven all over the area close to Six Flags New Orleans, looking at abandoned lots and roadways. Having already had lunch, we weren't really searching out a restaurant for dining, but there was a place along US Highway 90, also known as Chef Menteur, that looked promising. I bookmarked it in my mind for later.
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Arkansas has plenty of great ice cream stops, drive in restaurants and other cool spots to obtain something sweet and cool. Here's the 63 best options (there are more than 63 on this list; some places, such as Big Orange and Purple Cow, have multiple locations) I've found in the Natural State.
Asher Dairy Bar. The original location opened back in 1929. It moved to its current location in 1931 and is still serving up great soft-serve
Bailey’s Dairy Treat. The current owners are celebrating 20 years at the Park Avenue spot -- but Bailey's goes back generations. Good place for soft serve. 510 Park Avenue in Hot Springs.
(501) 624-408. Facebook.
Barnett’s Dairyette. A fine selection of milkshakes in an ever-widening array of flavors, plus monthly and seasonal options. 111 W Tulsa Street in Siloam Springs, (479) 524-3211. Facebook.
|This one, a hot fudge pie slice with pistachio ice cream, should|
be called the Grav Weldon at Big John's Shake Shack.
|The Creamy Dreamsicle at Big Orange.|
Big Orange. Best known for its wide array of burgers, Big Orange also covers a wide range of milkshakes and floats with neat creations such as the Arkansas Onyx Coffee Shake and Whopper Malt. The Creamy Dreamsicle is fanatically wonderful. 17809 Chenal Pkwy, STE.G in West Little Rock, (501) 821-1515. Also 207 N. University Ave Ste. 100 in Little Rock's Midtown district, (501) 379-8715. Website.
Braum's. With dozens of different scoopable varieties available in its freezer case, this Oklahoma-based chain's western Arkansas locations has plenty to choose from. Pick up a half gallon or go get a waffle cone. Grav's favorite is Pistachio Almond. I prefer the Burgundy Cherry and the Cherry Vanilla Almond. Several locations.
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Burge’s. While customers in Little Rock, folks come by for turkey sandwiches and the famed "leftover plate." In Lewisville, it's all about burgers and shakes. The original location offers all sorts of ice cream sensations, including a Hot Fudge Banana and an Oreo Cookie Sundae.
526 Spruce St, Lewisville, (870) 921-4292. Website. Learn more here.
Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets. Best known for its famous pies, this Keo landmark serves up a variety of hand-dipped ice creams and specialties for a lunchtime crowd. Also great with a slice of cake. 290 Main Street in Keo. (501) 842-2123. Facebook. Learn more here.
Christy’s (formerly Ray’s) Dairy Maid. Known most for its pies, Christy's also does a mean shake. The caramel shake is the one to try here. 5322 Hwy 49 in Barton, (870) 572-3060. Facebook.
|The Raccoon BearClaw WaWa at the|
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
in Mountain View.
Cronie's (formerly Wood’s) Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. Though the name has changed, this is still the place to get great ice cream sodas, scoops and sundaes a block from the downtown square in Mountain View. Of course, there's still the famous Raccoon BearClaw WaWa to consider. 301 W Main St, Mountain View, (870) 269-8304. Facebook.
looking for a good meal, the Dairyette delivers. Try a banana split or a cherry shake. 717 US-270 in Mt Ida, (870) 867-2312. Facebook. Learn more here.
Dairy Dip. The hometown classic in Mulberry offers all sorts of ice cream cones and sundaes and even a fried Snickers bar a la mode. 29 U.S. 64 in Mulberry, (479) 997-9991. Facebook.
Dairy Diner. While cones and sundaes are available at this dairy diner/gameroom, the malts are the real reason to come, some of the best offered in the River Valley. 420 E Main St, in Charleston, (479) 965-2254. Facebook. Learn more here.
Dairy Dream. Open since 1954, this Mountainburg standard has received a lot of attention lately for its loose meat Mountainburger; its ice cream delights, however, are the summer favorites you've always loved and adored. 1600 Hwy 71 NE, Mountainburg, (479) 369-2295. Facebook. Learn more here.
Daisy Queen. The long-standing favorite in Marshall offers dozens of burgers and so many other items... and of course, mean sundaes and flavor-twist cones. On US-65 in Marshall,(870) 448-2180. Learn more here.
Fort Smith Museum. Step back in time to the 1920s at this perfect replica of a traditional pharmacy soda fountain inside the Fort Smith Museum. Ice cream sodas are the must-have here. 320 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith, (479) 783-7841. Website.
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407 South Arkansas Avenue, Suite 5B in Russellville, (479) 968-5665, Website.
Fros-T-Treat. The longtime classic that claims itself Bill Clinton's favorite ice cream stand, still offers soft serve treats every summer along US Highway 70 on the northeast side of town. 1020 East Grand Avenue in Hot Springs, (501) 609-0130. Facebook.
Frozen De-Lite. Harding University alumni and the locals know that the "Frozen D" is the place to get the best shakes in town, whether they're Oreo, Creme de Menthe or Banana Nut. 2030 Benton Street in Searcy, (501) 268-4732. Facebook.
Garner’s Drive In. This diminutive slice of building just west of downtown offers incredible shakes of all sorts. 117 N Main Street in Berryville, (870) 423-2123. Facebook.
Goody’s. The folks who used to run the incredible (and sadly gone) Goodson's restaurants have found a new business, peddling sweet, soft frozen yogurt to the masses. Stonewood Village Shopping Center at 7613 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith, (479) 452-3200. Also at 2308 Fayetteville Rd #1600 in Van Buren, (479) 262-5056. Website.
Kream Kastle. The single stop for a shake along US Highway 70 between Benton and Hot Springs, it's been drawing in crowds for generations. All sorts of shakes and sundaes to enjoy, but the kids will demand a chocolate-and-vanilla soft serve cone, so let them have one. 15922 US Highway 70 south of Benton, (501) 939-2350. Facebook.
La Michoacana Paleteria (formerly Delicianos Michoacana). This Rogers Avenue stop offers a wide array of amazing housemade popsicles in every flavor from yellow cherry and plum to almonds and cream and kiwi. The dried fruit ice cream is unique. 2304 Rogers Ave # C in Fort Smith, (479) 242-6187.
Lobo's Deli Dog. This little trailer in downtown West Fork is known for its eclectic pizzas and the Long and Nasty, a footlong with absolutely everything. Root beer floats and sundaes are the to-gets here. 280 McKnight Avenue in West Fork, (479) 294-6072. Facebook.
Mojo's Dairy Bar. The former Andy's Dairy Bar is still drawing in customers looking for cold treats on hot days, as well as one of North Little Rock's best smashed burgers. Serving Breyer's Ice Cream. 3801 MacArthur Drive in North Little Rock, (501) 753-4445. Facebook. Learn more here.
Newton Pharmacy. A classic pharmacy soda fountain a few blocks west of the center of downtown. 715 W Main Street in Russellville,
(479) 968-1157. Facebook.
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Palace Drug. The soda fountain and restaurant housed in a pharmacy that dates back to 1882 offers some of the state's best ice cream sodas, available only in chocolate, vanilla and cherry. 270 Main Street in Mammoth Spring, (870) 625-3222. Website.
Presley’s Drive In. Brown derbies, banana splits and frozen tornadoes are on the dessert menu at this west Jonesboro classic -- along with several types of pie that can be served a la mode.
917 S Gee Steet in Jonesboro, (870) 932-7835. Facebook. Learn more here.
Scoops. Since 2003, making fresh ice cream daily at its Central Avenue location with all sorts of flavors, from Salted Caramel Crunch to Blueberry Cobbler. Probably the best housemade ice cream in all of Hot Springs. 4043 Central Avenue in Hot Springs, (501) 525-3119. Facebook.
Snowbiz Frozen Yogurt. A relatively new sweet treat stand in Wynne offering six flavors of frozen yogurt along with snowballs. 810 Highway 64 East Suite 7 in Wynne, (870) 587-3082. Facebook.
Susie Q's Malt Shop. Since 1960, the place in Rogers to get your soft serve cone or hand-mixed shake. 612 N 2nd Street in Rogers, (479) 631-6258. Facebook.
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TCBY. Originally conceived as The Country's Best Yogurt, then This Can't Be Yogurt, the Little Rock-based chain has had its ups and downs. There are still several locations around the state, serving both soft frozen and hard pack yogurt. Website.
Walker’s Drive In. The self-proclaimed Home of the Pizza Burger still sells everything from chicken gizzards to catfish sandwiches... and shakes, malts, floats and blended floats. 101 US Highway 63 Business in Marked Tree, (870) 358-2508. Website.
White River Dairy Bar. Just off the highway alongside the White River, best known for steaks on Thursday-Saturday nights, the White River Dairy Bar also offers ice cream cones and shakes. 7759 Twin City Park Road in De Valls Bluff, (870) 998-7047. Facebook.
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Za Za Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Company. A never-ending variety of cool smooth gelato that changes with the season,
As you can imagine, it's about nigh on impossible for me to get everywhere. Here are more recommendations for places that serve great ice cream treats in Arkansas.
Hobo Joe's, North Little Rock
Johnson's Tasty Freeze, Cabot