Classic Scoops: The Best Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlors

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The 1950’s were all about good, old-fashioned American fun. It was poodle skirts, lettered jackets and meeting up at the neighborhood ice cream parlors. Half a century later, these chill meet-up spots are thankfully still aplenty and open to make your sweet tooth’s whipped cream dreams come true. Get ready for a spoonful of nostalgia as your flip through the coolest spots for serving up retro root beer floats and vintage vanilla sundaes in America.

The Ice Cream Bar – San Francisco, Ca

A “too good to be true” butterscotch malt, a brownie sundae with toasted pecans and a soda fountain drink that’s spiked with champagne. This 1930’s style soda fountain and lunch counter just captured our undivided attention. Local Cole Valley favorite, The Ice Cream Bar is way more than your standard scoop shop. It’s art-deco decor perfectly captures the glitz and glamour of eras past. And the top notch culinary team makes everything from the bread that’s used in the sweet-and-spicy pulled pork sandwiches to the root beer that’s poured into the decadent fizzy vanilla floats. One visit and the entire family will be screaming for ice cream.

Insider Scoop: Not feeling like a cone or a cup? Try a slice. The cake of the week is available by the slice.


Photo courtesy of The Ice Cream Bar

Do you have a favorite old-fashioned style ice cream spot? Share with us in a Comment below!

— Aimee Della Bitta

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