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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/03 14:25:57 (permalink)
You can't beat the ice cream adventures at Braum's in Oklahoma and Texas. Their sundies are over the top--especially the peanut butter-chocolate and caramel-pecan-chocolate excesses.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/07 09:55:03 (permalink)
You can also find great custard at Ritter's in and around Indianapolis.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/07 11:27:39 (permalink)
Ate good ice cream at a Braums in some small town in Oklahoma last year - trouble was it was too damn close to a stockyard for this Yankee.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/07 16:12:41 (permalink)
I agree with the Hillbilly. Ritter's is EXCELLENT!
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/07 16:37:34 (permalink)
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Ate good ice cream at a Braums in some small town in Oklahoma last year - trouble was it was too damn close to a stockyard for this Yankee.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/07 16:44:11 (permalink)
I can't get the hang of replying to a post.
BUT, in response to Seafarer John regarding Braum's being too close to the stockyards, Braum's is close to EVERYTHING in Oklahoma City. There is one ever 4 or 5 blocks all around town.

I hope you had a steak at Cattlemen's while you were at the stockyards. There is none better anywhere (unless it's the chateaubriand at Johnny's at the stockyards in Omaha).
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/07 19:45:35 (permalink)
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Ate good ice cream at a Braums in some small town in Oklahoma last year - trouble was it was too damn close to a stockyard for this Yankee.


Braums are all over Kansas as well....To tie this to the 'long-gone regional chains' thread, Braums is actually a descendent of a great kansas/oklahoma ice cream chain called Peter Pan Ice Cream..One reason for Braums great taste is that THEY ACTUALLY OWN THEIR OWN DAIRY HERD! check out www.braums.com/OurHistory.asp
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/28 12:25:58 (permalink)
Just got back from vacation on Cape Cod, and while I'm not a huge ice cream fan (at least, not a huge fan relative to how I feel about other sweets and desserts), I LOVE Four Seas ice cream in Centerville. While all of the other ice cream places appear to get modest lines, Four Seas gets a long, long line every night. It's worth the wait.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/28 14:28:50 (permalink)
Lappert's in Hawaii has the richest, most sinful ice cream. Great island flavors with Kona Coffee, Coconut, Macadamia Nuts, etc. used liberally in many of the the flavors.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/28 15:12:14 (permalink)
Having recently moved to oklahoma i too have discovered Braums-how could you miss it--tyey are all over the place. And Blue Bunny as well--great ice cream.Wondering if any of you Texans have ever been to aplace in Austin that i have idea if it is still in business but many years ago i wondered into aplace that amazed me it was called "Nothing Strikes Back" and the sign on the streeet gave you no idea at all what the shop sold or did. It was on the second floor and you entered by way of a long staircase up the side of a shop to a landing, where on the wall before the door was printed---"please allow 60 seconds for visual decompression"--i of course thought "thats weird" and entered the door,where i found myself pitched into complete darkness--gradually i could focus on what appeared to be a white cloud that eventually got more in focus and turned out to be a menu for an ice cream parlor. The menu had an item that said--and i quote-"Biggest and Best Malt you ever had in your Life"--i said "Prove it!"---they did. Went back thre more times in the week i was there and loved everything that they sold. Never been back but ive never forgotten it either--hope it still around but then--you know how it is>
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/28 15:15:45 (permalink)
Just realized that i forgot to mention that Nothing Strikes Back was lit entirely with black lights and after a few mins it was just fine and you see just fine---well enough to actually appreciate the art they had hung on the walls----and the bannana split was awesom!
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/28 15:22:34 (permalink)
I am in Austin. Where is the Nothing Strikes Back ice cream parlor. I have never heard of it. Places like that usually advertise the The Chronicle. I have never seen any ad with that name.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/28 15:42:59 (permalink)
Herrell's in Northampton and Boston MA is the best I've had. Chocolate pudding and malted vanilla in the same cup is a bit of ice cream heaven. Yes indeedy do.

Steve Herrell used to run Steve's, the original mix-in place. Sold out and started Herrell's. Thank you Steve.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/29 16:39:28 (permalink)
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I am in Austin. Where is the Nothing Strikes Back ice cream parlor. I have never heard of it. Places like that usually advertise the The Chronicle. I have never seen any ad with that name.


Cant remember where it was--as i was only in Austin for that one week and it was long ago----sadly, i fear that your not hearing of it probably means that it has closed.Sorry to hear it if that is truly the case--it really was fun and had great ice cream.I do klnow that it was right in a main business nieghborhood and there seemed to be alot of student and musician types around the aresa--of course that was true of most places i visited in those day!
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/29 16:46:27 (permalink)
Anyone out there in Northern Calif--theres a GREAT place for ice cream in Chico---(not ChiNo--thats your DONT want go there!!!thats the prison!!)--any way --check out Huberts Candies and Ice Cream---family owned and operated for 50 or 60 years--handmade chocolates and wonderfully creamy ice cream---try a double dip--Chico Mint and Chocolate-Amaretto.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/29 19:30:01 (permalink)
When you are driving down I-75 through Tennessee, get off at exit 48, Athens TN, and go east for about 3 miles and follow the signs to Mayfields plant tours of their Ice Cream factory. You will agree that their product is the best with their high fat content and their ability to survive for many years with a great product.

Their county is the best dairy product in Tennessee

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/08/03 21:54:15 (permalink)
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Lappert's in Hawaii has the richest, most sinful ice cream. Great island flavors with Kona Coffee, Coconut, Macadamia Nuts, etc. used liberally in many of the the flavors.


Although I wouldn't call it my favorite, I agree that Lappert's has good ice cream. I just got back from Maui and loved their pineapple sorbet. It has a great flavor and texture. However their shave ice is awful. It's not even shave ice. They make snow cones They crush the ice instead of shaving it. It's kind of disappointing. However I would recommend their ice cream
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/08/03 22:21:22 (permalink)
My favorite ice cream is Bonnie Doon's peppermint flake. Bonnie Doon was a small local chain of restaurants / drive-ins that have shrunk to one store (I think it's still open) but they now pretty much just sell icecream in the local supermarkets.

Man, I miss their tenderloin sandwitches!
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/08/03 23:37:46 (permalink)
Yes, being from East Tennessee, I agree Mayfield is good. BUT, Lone Star has it right . . . had a friend who lived in Texas for many years and when I visited I always had to have Blue Bell Ice Cream -- it is the best I've ever tasted! Then she moved to Chattanooga, and lo and behold, they actually had Blue Bell there and I could still get my Nutty Coconut fix. But alas, Chattanooga seems to be as close as it gets . . . and it's a 3 hour drive for me. Now she's back home in East TN and I'm glad my friend's closer, but -- so sad . . . no more Blue Bell for me.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/08/09 18:36:40 (permalink)
This place used to be SO GOOD...http://www.goodnoe.com/ It's north of Philadelphia in Bucks County. Has anyone gone lately? I haven't been there in years. I remember they used to broadcast a radio show from there.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/08/13 12:40:30 (permalink)
Oh my.... nobody is going to mention Dr. Mike's in Bethel, CT?
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/08/13 22:51:08 (permalink)
Driving back from Walburg, TX tonight (where I had a TREMENDOUS hamburger steak with all the fixin's at Dale's Essenhaus), I stopped at the country store in Weir and found a NEW flavor of Blue Bell; Chocolate Cherry Pecan.

I'm getting ready to eat my discovery; be still my beating heart...
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/03 21:50:39 (permalink)
How about Four Seas Ice Cream in Centerville, Cape Cod? We stayed at a motel across the street last year and had a different flavor every night for a week. Really good.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/04 10:58:11 (permalink)
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Wondering if any of you Texans have ever been to aplace in Austin that i have idea if it is still in business but many years ago i wondered into aplace that amazed me it was called "Nothing Strikes Back"...


tiki, I just stumbled upon your question; sorry I missed it before. Man, that takes me WAY back.

Nothing Strikes Back was on "The Drag" (Guadalupe St.) across from the UT campus. It was exactly like you remember. One of the many "unique" things about the place I remember (unless I'm getting it mixed up) was that the sign on the door said they were open every day of the year, except for John Lennon's birthday.

I went there a couple of times visiting Austin in the late '70's, and I believe it was already closed when I moved here in 1980. I could be wrong about that, but regardless, it's been gone a LONG time.

Good memories...
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/04 12:35:46 (permalink)
Can't speak for the other states, but the best ice cream that I have had in the Chicago area, and in my opinion blows away Oberweis and Rainbow Cone, is Margie's Candies. Still a cramped soda fountain that I believe was opened in 1918, the ice cream has a very high butterfat content. The toppings are homemade, and their turtle sunday with bittersweet chocolate sauce and caramel topping is the best that I've had. The ice cream does not have that oversweetened flavor, and they serve it in those old porcelain clam shell-like bowls. The portions of ice cream are ridiculous, and they are open late at night.

John
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/04 13:30:04 (permalink)
The original Oberweis Dairy was located in Aurora IL on Lake Street. It was basically a small dairy with a fountain/dairy store in the front. I remember being a little kid and watching them bottle milk through the large plate glass window in the store. They had a few different flavors of Ice cream every month, including egg nog and peppermint at Christmas. Egg Nog is still one of my favorites, but none of the new stores can even hold a candle to the old original on Lake street.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/04 13:47:13 (permalink)
I haven't been to Goodnoe's in years but it was always great. I just had some very good ice cream at the Cornell Dairy Bar in Ithaca, I am never disappointed by Dr. Mike's. Nostalgia plays a role in this too. As I kid I loved Frozen Custard, always chocolate. They served it in the basement of Gimbels in Philly and it was wonderful. I used to buy it on the boardwalk and it may well have been Kohl's. Graeter's in Cincinnati used to make an awesome Mocha Chip. Is it still as good? Haven't had it since the early 70s. When I was a kid, my favorite place was Greenwood Dairy in Bucks County PA. They had something called a Pig Dinner, which I never got, but it was huge and anyone who could finish it was offered another one free. No one could finish it. They had bumper stickers and tshirts that said "I had a Pig Dinner at Greenwood Dairy." The ice cream was very good. The worst ice cream that I ever had was a Baskin Robbins flavor in the early 70s called Mocha Espresso. It contained as its active ingredient, coffee grounds. It was disgusting.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/04 14:27:07 (permalink)
I would agree with Sundancer that Mayfield makes a fairly good ice cream and their factory tour is informative. However, since Blue Bell has come into the Atlanta, GA market, I find their ice cream is much better; that is comparing Homemade Vanilla. Each company has some interesting products. When Mayfield came out with Moosetracks, it was good. But, when I go to a store and am standing in front of the ice cream display I still would rather buy a 1/2 gallon of Blue Bell. Those folks in Brenham, Texas just know how to make plain old good ice cream. I'm afraid Mayfield has had to respond to too much corporate pressure to try to maintain market share. Seems like whenever I am in a grocery store Mayfield seems to have lost space.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/08 13:22:57 (permalink)
Gotta throw my two cents worth in--Bruster's are all over Atlanta (and probably all over other places, too), and their stuff is great. One of my favorites is Sheridan's Frozen Custard in Overland Park, KS (suburb of KC) -- it may be the best I've ever had--they call it "concrete" and it is awesome. Try the chocolate with peanut butter cups--unbelievable.
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RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/09/08 14:10:31 (permalink)
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quote:
Originally posted by tiki

Wondering if any of you Texans have ever been to aplace in Austin that i have idea if it is still in business but many years ago i wondered into aplace that amazed me it was called "Nothing Strikes Back"...


tiki, I just stumbled upon your question; sorry I missed it before. Man, that takes me WAY back.

I remember (unless I'm getting it mixed up) was that the sign on the door said they were open every day of the year, except for John Lennon's birthday.

I went there a couple of times visiting Austin in the late '70's, and I believe it was already closed when I moved here in 1980. I could be wrong about that, but regardless, it's been gone a LONG time.

Good memories...


John Lennons bday huh---that sounds about rightSorry to hear its gone but your right---Good memories!
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