If the round, pastel-colored tables at Lynchburg’s Sundae Grill could speak, they might regale listeners with stories of their earlier life, spent at a Disney World café frequented by the park’s most animated characters. Given the same chance, the pink and baby-blue booths would not speak but rather sing; though they now host a continual stream of diners come to sample the restaurant’s famous burgers and sundaes, they once belonged to pop sensation Celine Dion. With more than 101 choices of ice cream and desserts—including a staggering 56 sundae options—Sundae Grill lives up to and continues to build on the legacies of its own furnishings. Though the diner’s marinated, seasoned, and charbroiled burgers have won local awards throughout the years, owners BH and Mrs. K insist on rounding out their menu with recipes culled from across America—BH personally traveled the country looking for the most interesting hot-dog recipes from each region. This same dedication to variety informs Mrs. K’s lengthy list of so-called super sundaes. Local favorites include a caramel-pecan combination topped with whipped cream and a Death by Chocolate selection served with a napkin that doubles as a last will and testament.
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from milkshakes ($4.45–$4.99) and smoothies ($4.45–$4.99) to banana splits ($6) and brownie sundaes ($4.99). Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, and New York Super Fudge Chunk. For social ice-creaming, ready a band of spoon-armed eaters and dive into the Vermonster sundae, a heaping pail of 20 scoops, hot fudge, bananas, brownies, and toppings of your choice ($32.99). Low-fat, fat-free, and dairy-free flavors are also available for the figure conscious or those still suffering from butter-fat-related night terrors.
The staff at Yogurt Cafe fills self-serve yogurt machines with a menu of flavors that rotate every 10 days. Guests sculpt smooth, spiraling hillocks of frozen yogurt ($0.45/ounce) in flavors such as carrot cake, classic vanilla or chocolate, and mango tango and heap on ornaments from a range of more than 50 toppings. Fresh fruit, candy corn, and butterscotch sauce help hide snowy yogurt peaks from scorned skiers, and the aromas of roasting Caribou coffee ($1.50–$1.70) drift in earthy clouds over mochas ($4.25), which warm up frozen windpipes and sluggish neurons. Sweet teeth sink into baked delights such as raspberry- walnut pastries ($1.99 for three) and blueberry scones ($2.25) to quiet tummies grumbling like Smokey the Bear touring a fireworks factory, and patrons check emails on Yogurt Cafe's free WiFi.
Ben & Jerry's has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat that can be easily stored in pants pockets. The shops offer a variety of frozen confections, from milkshakes ($5.05) to large ice-cream cups and cones ($2.75-$4.82), hot-fudge sundaes ($5.05), and signature pints ($4.19). Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry's famous original flavors, such as Cake Batter, Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz!, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more.
The frozen creamery is also a proficient cakery with a proud stock of frozen cakes to help spoil supper (starting at $16.99 for a small round). For social ice creaming, ready a band of spoon-armed eaters and dive into the Vermonster Sundae ($42), a heaping pail of 20 scoops, hot fudge, bananas, cookies, brownies, and toppings of your choice.
While there are no reviews for the Charlottesville location, Ben & Jerry's is a popular national brand with more than 2,400,000 Facebook fans, and has been featured on the Food Network series Unwrapped.