Gelato reins supreme at Chocolaterie Stam on Ingersoll, the south-side’s Classic Frozen Custard pretty much sums their forte in their name, and Snookies Malt Shop is a Beaverdale soft serve favorite. But for homemade, hard-pack ice cream, the place to go is Bauder Pharmacy at 38th and Ingersoll.
When in season Bauder's fresh strawberry ice cream is sublime. Bright with flavor, peppered with bits of fruit. The occasional crunch of seed reinforces the homemade quality of this otherwise velvety texture. The “lemon custard” is equally awesome, with the smell of zest tickling the nose before the ice cream hits your tongue. This doesn't just taste of lemon: you really can catch the citrus lurking in all that cool, creamy milk-fat.
The first spoon of coffee ice cream is like a shot of espresso with sweetened cream, then quickly mellows with successive bites. The butter brickle has a rich, caramel flavor, and lots of toffee bits. Creamy, crunchy, and cold! Compared to the light, refreshing fruity ice creams, this one is just evil!
In addition to their award-winning ice cream, Bauder's soda fountain serves up sodas, shakes, malts, sundaes, and a decent selection of sandwiches.
The finely chopped egg salad served here is one of my favorites. Paired with rye bread, the odd caraway seed is a perfect flavor companion. A simple iceberg lettuce leaf adds a light crunch, with pickle chips on the side for a refreshing, tart counterbalance. A substantial, little sandwich.
The corned beef in the Reuben is lightly grilled, and very tender. With just the right amount of sauerkraut and dressing on toasted rye, it's quite simple and delicious.
Other items things tried during my recent visits include a classic Green River soda, a fried egg sandwich with cheese, and the legendary Iowa State Fair treat: Bauder's peppermint bar. Available at the pharmacy during State Fair time and shortly after until sold out for the season.
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