By Heather Crivellone
I don’t know a kid (or an adult) who doesn’t love some ice-cold, creamy goodness! And here in Sacramento, we have quite a few options to choose from.
Many of our local ice cream parlors have become well-known family names that we have grown up with- Leatherbys, Gunthers, and Vics to name a few. Recently an old Sacramento favorite once again opened their doors to the public – Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant.
When you walk into this famous ice-cream shop, you will instantly be taken back into time, back into the 1890’s to be exact. Their theme has employees dressed in part- wearing “old time” attire, straw boater hats and listening to catchy piano tunes. They first opened in Portland, Oregon in 1963 and quickly became popular by offering free ice cream sundaes to children on their birthdays. This tradition still exists- as does the famous Farrell’s “Zoo” dessert (an ice cream sundae that is big enough for 10 people to share). This is delivered to the guests’ table by several employees who have to carry it on a stretcher….this is accompanied by loud sirens and yelling. Definitely worth the experience…not sure if I could eat that much ice cream- but it would be fun to try!
I decided to treat my little guy to lunch and a sundae after he had to get his first cast put on a few weeks ago. He was in ice cream heaven that he completely forgot about the use of his left arm! With a menu large enough to satisfy any appetite (burgers, salads, sandwiches, tacos to name a few) and plenty of entertainment all around (music, singing and dancing) you can be sure that everyone will leave full and happy! Plus, if you have a loud family like ours, you won’t have to worry about annoying anyone…the place is loud and fun!
So, if you’re dreading hanging out in the kitchen this week because of the heat, take your family out to Farrell’s for dinner and some ice cream. Or, forget the dinner and just enjoy a good old-fashioned ice cream treat!