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Cold Rush in Melrose

macca Sep 27, 2006 02:35 PM

I noticed a new place on Main Streete Melrose, a few doors down from Eastern Bank ( across from Hugo's). I think it is called Cold Rush- serving Ice Cream, Gelato and slush. HAs anyone tried it? Not sure how long it has been there- noticed it for the first time yesterday.

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    Clampants Sep 27, 2006 03:43 PM

    I went there once...I think the night (or night after) it opened. We had just come from a dinner at Turner's Seafood and stopped in randomly. The ice cream we had was really really good...very rich. I can't vouch for anything else (nor what kind of ice cream they were serving...if it was made in house or not).

    The atmosphere was kind of weird, though. It was clear the store was new, but it seemed awkward. When we were there (maybe 8:30pm...I don't recall) the place was very dimly lit...there were a few basic tables around the (small) perimeter, and a (or a couple) flat-panel TVs played a Patriots pre-season game. I can't say it was comfortable, but...it was also just an ice-cream place.

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      macca Sep 27, 2006 03:53 PM

      Thanks- Will have to try it- or maybe send the kids to scout it out first! Curious to see where they get their ice cream. For local, I usually go to Heavenly Licks- the people there are so nice, and the ice cream is from Richardsons.
      Funny about the atmosphere at Cold Rush. Will post my results if we do get there. Thanks.

    2. Chris VR Sep 27, 2006 06:24 PM

      Funny - I just noticed it the other day too. The case is all gelato- looked great but I'm on a dairy free diet :-( However they had an orange water ice that was great, very rich and creamy. The menu lists ice cream but thre was no slush.

      Don;t think it's made in-house. We chatted with the owner and he's not from a food service background, but didn't want to see another nail salon go in there so he decided to open an ice cream shop when he heard it was for rent. They've been open for a month. Definitely worth a visit. I hope they do well- this isn't the best time of year to open an ice cream place.

      Along the gelato front, has anyone tried Lil 'n Chick's in the plaza with J Pace's?

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        macca Sep 27, 2006 06:39 PM

        Thanks, ChrisVR. Will definitely give it a try. That's funny about a nail salon. There are also lots and lots of hair salons and pizza places. He should hurry up and get slush- I know lots of kids prefer slush to ice cream.

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          Karl S Sep 28, 2006 02:57 PM

          Lil n'CHick is excellent. Very Italian looking place (that is, it would fit in well in Italy, not Revere).

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          TeenaB Sep 28, 2006 12:50 AM

          Ha! I took a walk down Main St, Melrose when I moved here over 20 years ago. I counted 14 pizza places and 12 hair salons. NO other restaurants at all. I used to call it the town to get a slice and a cut. Things have improved immensely since then.

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            JMT123 Nov 28, 2006 09:40 PM

            There was a sign on the door today saying "Cold Rush is closed." Too bad.

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              macca Nov 29, 2006 12:10 PM

              Boy- that place didn't last long! Never did get there. WOnder if it is closed for good, or just for the winter. I heard it is owned by an insurance guy who has a place nearby.

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                Chris VR Jun 2, 2007 04:59 PM

                Turns out it was just for the winter. They were open tonight so we went in. I had a chocolate hazelnut which was fine- lots of chopped nuts but not as rich of a flavor as I wanted. I tasted the chowpup's peanut butter cup and liked it better.

                They also have Richie's Slush, and ice cream (looks like Richardson's, from the flavor list.)

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                  macca Jun 2, 2007 05:30 PM

                  Thanks for the update. Will have to check it out. Had some Bensons this week, disappointed with the pistachio- not much flavor. The reeses peanut butter was really good.

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                    Chris VR Jun 8, 2007 06:05 PM

                    There was an article in the Melrose Weekly News today. The ice cream is Shane's of Maine, the gelato is Angelato (I think that's it, going from memory) and the slush is Richie's Premium slush, which they say is smoother than the regular Richie's. There were also some good coupons in that edition of the paper.

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                      macca Jun 14, 2007 03:22 AM

                      Have not made an ice cream pilgrimages yet this year. Am looking forward to trying this place. The owner is really nice- he also owns the insurance agenct a few doors from Col Rush. have never had Shanes' ice cream. I can actually stay in Melrose and try Shanes, Christina's and Richardson ice cream. Walking to all three would certainly help with any lingering guilt I may feel!

              2. galangatron Nov 28, 2006 11:48 PM

                worst "gelato" ever

                1. Bob MacAdoo Nov 29, 2006 07:59 PM

                  Karl, wat does Lil N' Chick specialize in? I googled without success to find a menu.

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                    taxi Jun 13, 2007 05:31 PM

                    The best place is Soc's on the Melrose/Saugus line on the Fellsway for homemade ice cream. The long lines on a hot summer night attest to that fact.

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                      Chris VR Jun 13, 2007 06:20 PM

                      I haven't been overly impressed with Soc's ice cream. Good but I wouldn't say the best- what flavors should I try to really appreciate them?

                      I do think their slushes are fantastic though. Sour Apple/Cherry combo... mmmm

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                        kate used to be 50 Jun 14, 2007 09:43 AM

                        I too love Soc's. I'm a big fan of their vanilla ice cream, which I take home and make hot fudge sundaes out of (like my hot fudge sauce better). As I've been fighting with bronchitis lately, my dear H brought home some ginger ice cream the other night. It was perfect.

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                          macca Jun 14, 2007 09:45 AM

                          The pistachio is good, too.

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