The Creamery (aka: The Scoop Grill & Homemade Ice Cream)

Written by on September 9, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

How I heard of this place: We walk by this ice cream shop each time we venture up and down King Street. This, and Pop’s, across the street, which we sampled last month. While Cody, our ice cream lovin’ friend was in town, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to try some more homemade ice cream in Old Town.

Type of cuisince: According to an editorial review in The Washington Post, “On a weekend, it’s hard to get through the door of the Scoop Grill, a slim front-to-back parlor, just across the street from Pop’s. The ice cream’s the focus here, but this small business also does a booming trade in short-order breakfasts and lunches. If there’s a nip in the air and you don’t have a fancy for ice, have a helping of homemade cobbler (blueberry, apple, cherry or peach) from the pie case on the counter. Ice cream flavors run the spectrum: cherry blossom, lemon custard, peanut butter, maple nut, and new batches are made fresh every day.”Frozen Custard

Ambiance: The windowed storefront with old fashioned ice cream shop font advertising the frozen custard and homemade ice cream, not to mention the long lines that form out the door of this small, yet “slim front-to-back parlor” are reason enough to make your way in. A slightly creepy, large, fluffy, white, automated teddy bear in the front welcomes patrons behind glass, a four-foot tall plastic soft serve ice cream cone makes mouths water, and then line of people along the glass display case on the tiled floors gives one time to make a final decision. White walls, fans overhead hanging from the tall ceilings, and Tiffany knock-off glass lamps hang over the wooden booth seats with tall backs, accompany marbled tables, over which hang framed photographs of ice cream, Ghirardelli Chocolate ads, as well as neon lights in the shape of ice cream cones. We make our way to the simple sign of flavors, place our orders, and continue down the line to pay for our selections.

What I ordered: A medium cup (two scoops: $5.25) of my all-time favorite: Orange Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and a second scoop of Bittersweet Chocolate for good measure. Chris went for a large cup ($6.25) of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Cody selected my favorite in a waffle cone ($6.25) and a second scoop of Lemon Custard atop.

Menu

What I loved: My favorite! The Orange Chocolate Chocolate Chip has yet to be beat.

Why I loved it: Simple without frills. Just ice cream done right.

Cost: Average to high ($4 – $6.25 per ice cream cone/cup, not including sundaes)

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