Archive | July, 2011

Cream of the Parlor Crop: The Top 50 Ice Cream Spots!

27 Jul

We went on an online voyage this week to discover how US residents liked their ice cream -and where. We sifted through an enormous number of sites, and here’s what we found out:

Our favorite answer comes from USA Today. They conducted a poll asking readers to share their favorite ice cream parlor, and then aggregated the results by state. That’s a huge list! We’ve included a few of the states in this post – for the full 50-state list, CLICK THIS LINK!

What’s YOUR favorite ice cream spot??

Florida

Every Friday at Jersey Creamery in McIntosh, Karen DeConna makes her small-batch ice cream in an 1880 train depot. That’s when you get the freshest scoop right out of the machine. Her dense product draws its sweetness from fruit rather than sugar. Summer flavors blueberry, peach and mango are best enjoyed in a rocking chair on the big porch. 22050A N. Highway 441; 352-317-8060

Recommended by Patricia Letakis, executive editor of Florida Travel + Life magazine

Pennsylvania

Berkey Creamery, a Penn State institution since 1896, is the nation’s largest university creamery, with much of the main ingredient (milk) coming from the university’s own cows. Some of the 100 or so flavors (20 available at any one time) reflect the State College academic setting. There’s peachy Paterno (peach flavored with sliced peaches) named for coach Joe Paterno and alumni swirl (vanilla with Swiss mocha chips and blueberry swirl). 119 Food Science Building, University Park; 814-865-7535; creamery.psu.edu

Recommended by Timothy Brixius, contributor, savvygrouse.com

North Carolina

Known for ice cream made fresh, in-house each week, Yum Yum Better Ice Cream serves cups, cones and milkshakes. Owned and operated by the same family since 1906 and set in the heart of the University of North Carolina Greensboro community, Yum Yum draws a mix of students and locals craving a delicious treat. 1219 Spring Garden St.; 336-272-8284

Recommended by John Batchelor, restaurant reviewer for the Greensboro News and Record

South Carolina

Located on Lady’s Island in the coastal town of Beaufort, Berry Island Ice Cream Cafe offers 24 flavors at a time. Try a scoop of a standby called the Prince of Tides, a favorite of Barbra Streisand when she was in town making the movie based on Pat Conroy’s novel. It’s coffee-almond fudge, but the name is pure South Carolina. 1 Merchant Lane, #102; 843-524-8779; berryislandcafe.com.

Recommended by Sid Evans, editor of Garden & Gun magazine

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Wine and Dine Me, S’il vous plait!

19 Jul

Wine and Dine Me, S’il vous plait!

The Pittsburgh Edition

July 19 2011
Meghan Ingram

We all thrive on a little romance, and there’s no better place to kindle it than in that particular local restaurant with just the right ambiance and your favorite kind of food and drinks. And what better cuisine than French to add that special touch to your evening?

Whether you’re single and looking for a more upscale place to take your next date, in a relationship and searching for a new restaurant to try, or married and anticipating a quiet night out for two away from the kids, the following list has a place for you.

Since we can’t all go to Paris this summer, here are three local Pittsburgh restaurants that bring Paris to you.

Isabela on Grandview

isabelaongrandview.com

1318 Grandview Avenue | Mount Washington | Pgh, PA 15211
Phone: 412.431.5882 | Monday – Saturday  5 pm – 10 pm

Voted “Best Overall and Most Romantic Restaurant in Pittsburgh” for two years running, Isabela on Grandview boasts a stunning view of Pittsburgh from high atop Mount Washington, a warm and classy decor, and a knowledgeable staff dedicated to making your experience memorable.

The restaurant offers a seasonally changing wine list and an extensive line of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The experience can be pricey (their ‘prix fix’ is $70) but natives who rave about Isabela deem it worth the price.

Online reservations available through opentable.com

Paris 66 Bistro

paris66bistro.com

6018 Penn Circle South | Pgh, PA 15206
Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm | 412-404-8166

Voted Best French Restaurant in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine, Paris66 is deserving of its French title. Daily specials include crépes, fresh soups and quiches, salads and croques, housemade pastries and desserts, and a variety of French wine, beer, and cocktails.

The inside is friendly and feels European in style and decor. Locals comment most frequently on the wonderful service, delicious crépes and soups (a house specialty), healthy dining options, and reasonable prices. With a menu that changes constantly, and an ambiance that invites you to sit and enjoy your evening, it’s no wonder Paris66 is a favorite among Pittsburgh natives and visitors!

Nine On Nine

nineonninepgh.com

900 penn avenue : Pgh pA
Dinner hours: Tuesday – Saturday 5:00pm – 10:00pm | 412.338.6463

Though not strictly French, Nine on Nine Nine retains the atmosphere of a European restaurant, and locals recommend it as an excellent option for a refined dining experience for the romantic-minded. Located in the heart of the Cultural District, close to music and performance venues, this restaurant offers a variety of old and new world wines and a scrumptious selection of regionally inspired cuisine, with a modern American theme in mind.

The decor is a match for the restaurant’s description of its cuisine: it focuses on simplicity and flavor. Warm floors, unique wall patterns, and white table cloths complete an elegant ambiance, and those who eat at Nine on Nine generally agree that prices are moderate, and appreciate the wait staff and Chef Richard DeShantz’s unique creations.

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Now it’s your turn – what French cuisine inspires the romantic in you? Let us know in the comments!