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WilderPenfield Jul 4, 2010 05:18 PM

Atfer a recent sundae-in-a-cup at Toscanini's, I found myself growing nostalgic for childhood treats in proper glass bowls. I remember towering sundaes at nose height, rivulets of strawberry sauce visibly drifting down the inside of the glass bowl; the clink of the elongated spoon against the bottom of the dish.... Does all the ice cream in New England come in a paper cup or cone? Please tell me where to get a proper sundae in a glass dish, preferably with really good hot fudge and proper whipped cream.

  1. Eatin in Woostah Jul 4, 2010 05:21 PM

    Well you can certainly go to Friendly's, Deerings, or Brighams and get a sundae in glass (or stainless.)

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      Allstonian Jul 4, 2010 06:14 PM

      Also Cabot's, in Newton.

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        Pia Jul 5, 2010 05:58 PM

        Yes, Cabot's -- if you are feeling nostalgic, this is definitely the place to go.

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          Jenny Ondioline Jul 5, 2010 07:46 PM

          Third Cabot's. I feel like I'm eight years old every time I walk in. Plus they have all the cool old-school things you can't find at most ice cream parlors, like claret syrup.

          1. re: Jenny Ondioline
            brandywiner Jul 5, 2010 09:44 PM

            Maybe it's just me, but the phrase, "I feel like I'm eight years old every time I walk in.", does NOT strike me as a recommendation!

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              Jenny Ondioline Jul 5, 2010 10:20 PM

              To quote the OP:

              "Atfer a recent sundae-in-a-cup at Toscanini's, I found myself growing nostalgic for childhood treats in proper glass bowls. I remember towering sundaes at nose height, rivulets of strawberry sauce visibly drifting down the inside of the glass bowl; the clink of the elongated spoon against the bottom of the dish."

              The OP is looking for childhood nostalgia, which I find at Cabot's.

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              sallyt Jul 6, 2010 05:16 AM

              Yes - definitely Cabot's. I've been going there for 35 years, and I can't recall that it's changed much at all... Same owners... Their ice cream sundae presentation is totally old-school - in a good way.

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          bluesjack Jul 4, 2010 06:31 PM

          are thier any Brigham's left? i thought they all shut down

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            scratchie Jul 4, 2010 07:16 PM

            Still a few left. The one in Arlington Heights is still open.

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              Allstonian Jul 4, 2010 08:17 PM

              Also the one in Belmont.

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              Pegmeister Jul 5, 2010 07:06 AM

              The one in Quincy is also open.

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              WilderPenfield Jul 5, 2010 05:39 AM

              Thanks for the tips. I'm not a Friendly's fan, but where is Deerings? The only one that shows up on google is one in Maine that has closed. Is there another?

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                Eatin in Woostah Jul 5, 2010 06:55 AM

                Oh shoot, sorry about that. Didn't realize Deering was gone. It was a subsidiary of Howard Johnson's, but it looks like they sold it off and then they all closed.

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              BBHound Jul 5, 2010 07:43 AM

              Lizzie's in Waltham has glass dishes - a great ice cream as well.

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                sysco kid Jul 5, 2010 06:32 PM

                CABOT'S all the way!!
                You won't regret it. They are closed on Mondays - fyi

              2. MichaelB Jul 5, 2010 09:20 PM

                It doesn't have precisely that old-time ice-cream shop atmosphere (I think Cabot has that), but Picco (short for Pizza and Ice Cream COmpany) in the south end definitely serves their ice cream in tall glass dishes with those elongated spoons. I'm not really a huge ice-cream eater so I'm not an expert on theirs, but they do take their ice cream quite seriously, and they do have very good hot fudge and excellent whipped cream. I can recall a nice vanilla, a very intense dark chocolate ice cream, and a really unfortunate mint ice cream made with spearmint which was frankly awful. I think that last was an anomaly, though.

                Not that you're necessarily looking for this but should you need pizza beforehand, theirs is fantastic, some of the best in the city.

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                  pollystyrene Jul 6, 2010 01:02 AM

                  I had Picco's hot fudge for the first time recently and was disappointed. It wasn't as thick or buttery as Toscanini's. Their mac & cheese, though, was the best I've ever had.

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                    Northshoregirl Jul 7, 2010 05:46 AM

                    I laughed when I read your line about mint ice cream made with spearmint—I made that mistake last year. It tasted like mouthwash! This year, I have a large container filled with peppermint plants just waiting to be made into proper mint ice cream!

                    I second Picco, think their ice cream is wonderful, as are their house-made sodas. I'm also a fan of Putnam Pantry. The ice cream is just average, but it's so much fun to overfill your cup with marshmallow and hot fudge, and it fills that ice cream parlor nostalgia craving.

                    http://www.northshoredish.com

                  2. Gio Jul 6, 2010 04:14 AM

                    Then there is Putnam Pantry in Danvers on Rte. 1 N
                    Nostalgic, glass bowls, oodles of ice cream flavors and the big deal here is that you can create your own sundae with any toppings you want
                    Here's a link to a blog post with photos:
                    http://retroroadmap.com/page/29/?arch...
                    It's the 5th entry down...

                    Putnam Pantry Candy and Ice Cream Smorgasboard
                    255 Newbury St (Route 1 North
                    )Danvers, MA‎ 01923
                    (978) 774-2383

                    1. itaunas Jul 6, 2010 05:06 AM

                      Colleen's in Medford serves Richardson's Ice Cream and offers glass dishes (its a former Brigham's), but I believe their whipped cream comes from a jar. Caffe Paradiso makes their own gelato and has glass dishes, but is not a piling sundae (whipped cream is definitely from a can). Other gelato shops which serve imported gelato -- Napoli (defaults to paper), Caffe Dello Sport do have glasses available. I would also bet some of the newer suburban gelato stores and those which make their own might do the cream better.

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                      Richardson's Ice Cream
                      156 S Main St, Middleton, MA 01949

                      Napoli
                      120 Salem St, Boston, MA

                      1. MeffaBabe Jul 7, 2010 08:51 AM

                        Sundae School in Dennisport makes their own ice cream, real dishes and best of all they whip their own whip cream- not to mention their maple walnut sauce they mascerate walnuts in maple syrup, use FRESH fruit in their toppings and ice creams...

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