Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington)

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Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington)

Anybody else remember this place? Or is it, by any chance, still there? When I was growing up in the Washington DC suburbs it was THE place to go for ice cream. It was like a large ice cream parlor--many tables where people could sit and eat their sundaes, sodas and other gooey concoctions although I usually just got a chocolate chip sugar cone. My recollection is the building was covered in white stucco with embedded mirrored glass so it looked like a snow castle--with polar bears even!
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    meowzart
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    RE: Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington) 2004/07/12 10:47:19 (permalink)
    The only Gifford's I know of is in Bethesda near the Landmark Cinemas. It is your typical ice cream shop. Certainly no snow castle (not that that would fly in Bethesda, anyway). Perhaps it is the same and they moved?

    Do you remember York Castle Tropical Ice Cream? They are still around in their Georgia Ave location in Silver Spring, but also have an extra shop now in Beltsville. They actually have a Guiness flavored ice cream. And something called soursop I haven't tried yet. I think my favorite is the lychee.
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    RE: Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington) 2004/07/12 11:10:55 (permalink)
    Yeah, Giffords came to Bethesda about 4 (?) years ago, much to the delight of Washingtonians who had fond memories of it.
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    RE: Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington) 2004/07/12 23:00:43 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by meowzart

    The only Gifford's I know of is in Bethesda near the Landmark Cinemas. It is your typical ice cream shop. Certainly no snow castle (not that that would fly in Bethesda, anyway). Perhaps it is the same and they moved?

    Do you remember York Castle Tropical Ice Cream? They are still around in their Georgia Ave location in Silver Spring, but also have an extra shop now in Beltsville. They actually have a Guiness flavored ice cream. And something called soursop I haven't tried yet. I think my favorite is the lychee.


    This place was on Georgia Ave, down near the old Silver Spring B&O train station (I have no idea if that's still there either). Maybe the building is now "York Castle"? I used to go to Gifford's in high school--prior to 1963.
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    RE: Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington) 2004/07/26 20:20:27 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by BT

    Anybody else remember this place? Or is it, by any chance, still there? When I was growing up in the Washington DC suburbs it was THE place to go for ice cream. It was like a large ice cream parlor--many tables where people could sit and eat their sundaes, sodas and other gooey concoctions although I usually just got a chocolate chip sugar cone. My recollection is the building was covered in white stucco with embedded mirrored glass so it looked like a snow castle--with polar bears even!
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    RE: Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington) 2004/07/26 20:29:58 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by BT

    Anybody else remember this place? Or is it, by any chance, still there? When I was growing up in the Washington DC suburbs it was THE place to go for ice cream. It was like a large ice cream parlor--many tables where people could sit and eat their sundaes, sodas and other gooey concoctions although I usually just got a chocolate chip sugar cone. My recollection is the building was covered in white stucco with embedded mirrored glass so it looked like a snow castle--with polar bears even!

    Folks, you are going to have to bear with me on these replies as I am getting used to this somewhat awkward system (to me).
    Your memory of the mirror embedded polar bears is a seminal memory of early post WWII Silver Spring but they were not at Giffords! They were at Beck's Frozen Custard which had several locations, one on Fenton Street by Wayne Ave and another further south down Georgia Ave in the Brightwood area of DC. I just finished a novel "Hard Revolution" by George Pelencanos who mentions the polar bears! His crime novels are locally famous for taking place in Silver Spring and the DC area just below.
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    RE: Gifford's--Silver Spring, MD (outside Washington) 2004/07/27 03:59:33 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by ds.pollock
    Folks, you are going to have to bear with me on these replies as I am getting used to this somewhat awkward system (to me).
    Your memory of the mirror embedded polar bears is a seminal memory of early post WWII Silver Spring but they were not at Giffords! They were at Beck's Frozen Custard which had several locations, one on Fenton Street by Wayne Ave and another further south down Georgia Ave in the Brightwood area of DC. I just finished a novel "Hard Revolution" by George Pelencanos who mentions the polar bears! His crime novels are locally famous for taking place in Silver Spring and the DC area just below.
    David S Pollock


    Aha! You are so right. When I was writing that I thought to myself, "Now are you possibly confusing two different places?" because my recollection of Giffords inside would have had it too large to fit inside the polar bear place's outside which wasn't all that big. But give me a break--I just turned 59 and I think senility is creeping up.

    This has nothing to do with food, but you may be interested that another memory of that era was riding the streetcars on Georgia Ave. (inside DC--I don't recall them going all the way out to Silver Spring)--my mom and I used to ride them to go downtown to go shopping.
    Anyway, as I have stated elsewhere, I now live in San Francisco and SF has been renewing its streetcar system using the very same kinds of old (but nicely restored) cars that I remember Washington having--they have examples from most major cities like Baltimore and Philadelphia though not, I think, from Washington which reportedly sold all its cars to Czechoslovakia in the 50's. I love riding them because they bring back all kinds of memories of when I was about 5 years old.
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