A Bite of (Late) Summer – An Ice Cream Tour

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”

I will not tell you that my family’s years of ice cream depravation were dark. We had other summer rituals: fireflies, fireworks in the driveway, messy art, rain walks, cooking together, tents, pillow forts, impromptu theater productions and hours of re-routing the city’s water supply to create elaborate sandcastles with canals around the playset. So, yes, in fact, those years were joyfully chaotic.
But this is a new season, and we are making up for lost ice cream.

After accepting the loss of Baskin Robbins in Tallahassee, we were on the hunt. We were looking for something reminiscent of the Love Boat Ice Cream store in Ft. Myers. Exceptionally rich. Original. Worth the communal lines.

Enter Bruster’s Ice Cream. One is blissfully on our way to football practice on Tharpe Street, Tallahassee. Another sits on Apalachee Parkway. A chain store, yes, but a golden chain.

  • Free baby ice cream cones for those under 40 inches.
  • Free puppy cones for furry friends
  • BYOB – Bring your own banana on Thursday for half off a banana split.
  • An amazing array of delicious, handmade flavors made on site every morning
  • Sugar-free, dairy-free, fat-free ice cream
  • Sorbets, Italian ices
  • 75 cents off with receipt from earlier purchase
  • Online ordering
  • Drive through (for those times when you don’t want to unbuckle everyone.)
  • Huge servings

Things to keep in mind:

  • Remember to ask for water. And napkins. Lots of them.
  • Speaking of drinks- there are NO BATHROOMS. 
  • Outdoor only seating (for those times when you don’t want to clean upholstery)
  • Serving sizes are very generous (you were warned)
  • Being right next door to Godby, it is especially busy around 3 and 4 PM.

At $4 for a kid’s cone, Brusters can be a bit pricey. But then a cone could easily be dinner substitute. Unless you are a high school football player.

Then it’s an appetizer.

Next week we go west on our Tallyhops ice cream tour. Until then, may this bring you and your tribe light-hearted summer memories – and maybe a little joyful chaos.



P.S. Do you have a local ice cream mecca?

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