Ice cream came about after several years of experimenting with other extreme-temperature treats, such as ice soup and the ill-fated fire cream. Enjoy a successful treat with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of American comfort fare and sweet treats at one of Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream's locations in Algonquin, Aurora, Elgin, Naperville, Crystal Lake, and both locations in St. Charles.
Founded in 1901, the Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream team continues to satisfy sweet teeth and hearty appetites with premium frozen treats bolstered by a menu of savory lunch, dinner, and all-day breakfast fare. Indulge an inner child or borrow someone else's with cones and cups filled with classic ice-cream flavors such as chocolate chip cookie dough, peppermint, and orange sherbet. Straws enjoy a dip in specialty shakes such as the decadent brownie hot-fudge shake ($5.59), and spoons run away with the aptly named Kitchen Sink sundae ($13.99), a mini-fixture loaded with two whole bananas, six scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, and three toppings.
Feed your savory side with hearty skillets, crêpes, and omelets, or with a chef specialty such as the cinnamon-roll french-toast combo, which performs jazz standards alongside two eggs, sausage, or bacon ($8.49). Hands can hug crispy panini, fresh Angus beef burgers, and signature sandwiches such as the CA turkey Grill, which packs grilled multigrain bread with cranberry-almond turkey salad and melted cheddar jack cheese ($7.99). Or, eschew bread by chewing on freshly baked lean meatloaf topped with a tangy ketchup glaze ($9.39, $8.19 for a small plate) and your mother's no-nonsense advice.
Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream
Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”
While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.