When John Ritter thinks back to 1948, he can almost taste the frozen treats he churned out during his after-school job at the local ice-cream parlor. Now, after a 35-year career as a film animator, he helps others to enjoy similarly sweet memories at Ritter's Frozen Custard. Here, friendly staffers handcraft each batch of frozen custard, an ultrapremium ice cream as smooth as a jazz record dipped in chocolate. At the counter, guests can sample the flavors of the day, which range from tart blueberry to gooey, crunchy mocha-almond fudge. Scoops of classic vanilla—along with more than 25 toppings—fill specialty creations such as brownie sundaes, hand-dipped malts, and freezer-ready ice-cream sandwiches.
• For $5, get $10 worth of ice cream treats and food at the Dairy Queen or $10 worth of smoothies and fruit drinks from Orange Julius on Michigan Street in South Bend. • For $5, get $10 worth of ice cream treats and food at the Dairy Queen or $10 worth of smoothies and fruit drinks from Orange Julius on South Bend Avenue in South Bend. • For $5, get $10 worth of smoothies and fruit drinks at the Orange Julius in the University Park Shopping Center in Mishawaka. Dairy Queen and Orange Julius fill empty bellies with smoothies, ice cream treats, and a savory menu of hot meals. Dairy Queen's specialty Blizzard blends slurpable soft-serve ice cream with candy, cookies, fruit, or deep-fried snowflakes ($3.69 for a medium). Craft a DIY drink or opt for ready-mades such as the heath-bar Blizzard, which wakes up taste buds by pairing cappuccino ice cream with crispy chunks of shattered toffee. Alternatively, incinerate hunger with the half-pound FlameThrower Grillburger, a beef boulder spicily slathered with DQ's original FlameThrower sauce, blanketed with fiery pepperjack cheese, and striped with hot jalapeno bacon before being crowned with lettuce and tomato atop a toasted bun ($4.99).
Cuisine Type: Toasted Sandwiches Wraps Flatbread Pizza
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Shaved prime rib
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
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In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We serve gourmet toasted sandwiches and wraps, flatbread pizza, and pasta dishes.
Founded nearly 25 years ago on a frozen foundation of nonporous, 5-degree granite, Cold Stone Creamery has blossomed into a nationally recognized ice-cream parlor distinguished by its daily creations of sweet treats. Fruit, nuts, and candy collaborate with ice-cream flavors such as french vanilla, sweet cream, and cake batter to manifest a signature sundae or a personalized creation made to match customers' tastes and fifth-birthday-party footage. Smoothies and shakes sate diners, and fruity sorbets, nonfat ice creams, and tangy frozen yogurt satisfy the need for healthy indulgences.
Kilwins' 80 locations make more than 75 kinds of handmade confections from Mackinac Island fudge to saltwater taffy and caramel apples working from recipes written by owner Don Kilwin in the 1940s. The sweets makers also use old-school equipment dating back to the '40s, '50s, and '60s inside shops decorated with nostalgic Americana similar to the interior of the original store, which opened in 1947. The smell of homemade waffle cones and fresh chocolate escapes from the kitchen as pastry artists craft batches of handmade brittle, caramel, and fudge in large copper kettles. Kilwins also handcrafts more than 32 ice-cream flavors from original recipes created in 1985, the year cow's milk was invented. They employ classic double-barrel freezers to ensure the sweet stuff is crafted the original way and transportation trucks stay at a chilly –10 degrees to keep batches fresh until they arrive at their destinations.