As the summer sizzles up and you need to cool down, trust this list of local establishments for a sweet treat. Whether you’re thirsty for a milkshake and burger or smoothie and a sandwich, these Charlotte restaurants scoop out the goods.
Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop
1930 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203
Pike’s prides itself on hand-crafted milkshakes and root beer floats. You may recognize the soda shop from its appearance in “Shallow Hal,” a romantic comedy with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Start off the meal with Pike’s famous honey pecan chicken and make sure to save room for dessert. All ice cream is homemade and includes such particular flavors like cherry with black cherry. Indulge in unique treats such as the Coke floats (poured from an old-school Coke bottle) or NY-style egg cream. Cold treat prices range from $2.50 to $5.
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Tony’s Ice Cream Company
604 E Franklin Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28054
Since 1915, Tony’s scoops out a wide variety of milkshakes, from lemon to cotton candy. About 30 minutes west of Charlotte, the family-owned restaurant continues to serve local favorites, branching out to Sun Drop and iced tea slushies at friendly costs up to $5. Treat yourself to a traditional chocolate milkshake or splurge with a pineapple sundae, either way you’ll find it at Tony’s. If you need dinner before indulging, classics such as pimento cheese sandwich or country steak biscuit are served up Southern style.
Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream and Drive
2107 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Mr. K became a well known and respected name when it opened doors in 1967. Grab a soft serve treat with your choice from 14 flavors and numerous toppings for under $3. Other specialties include a baklava sundae, apple caramel strudel and black forest parfait. Are you looking for Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream? Mr. K’s has that too. The restaurant is a cherished gem in the Charlotte community, not only for its burgers and shakes but consistent customer service and welcoming atmosphere. Mr. K doesn’t simply serve burgers at this restaurant; he makes friends out of hungry guests.
Ninety’s Ice Cream and Sandwiches
9009 J M Keynes Drive, Suite 4
Charlotte, NC 28262
Next time you visit the University area, swing by this establishment for a cold treat. Start off the meal with a chicken salad sandwich and finish with a scoop of Ninety’s beloved coconut ice cream. If coconut is not your fancy, check out the smoothies and array of ice cream flavors. Smoothies make for a nice, fruitier alternative to kill that cold treat craving. After all, ‘tis the season for a stroll on the boardwalk with something cool and delicious in hand. Walk along the pond or sit outside while enjoying summer in the city.
1601 Elizabeth Ave
Charlotte NC 28204
Just a short stroll from Independence Park and the Elizabeth neighborhood, this local creamery houses more than 40 flavors. If you’re craving ginger or banana ice cream, Elizabeth Creamery hits the spot. Elizabeth’s serves specialties to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, from beer ice cream to grape sorbet. As the park heats up, Elizabeth Creamery provides the perfect way to cool down.
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