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TC: Ice Cream Parlor?

I am looking for an ice cream parlor...on par with an experience like Friendly's...glass sundae dishes, hot fudge, vanilla ice cream, but not saffron infused or sea salt...not an ice cream shack, not an ice cream place with an order window. Do these exist anywhere in the twin cities? It can be a malt-shop type place, but where many patrons would come in for sundaes alone and not a whole meal. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Bridgemans is the Minneapolis equivalent of a Friendly's. I believe there is one on Hiawatha Ave near 48th St


    1. What comes to my mind is Snuffy's Malt Shop, though they do serve food (but so does Friendly's).

      1. It's not even a restaurant, but St. Paul Corner Drug (240 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul) has a full-blown ice cream fountain.

        If Chowhound insists on representing SPCD with a link to the Snelling Cafe (I've edited it out three times), please ignore the link....

        Snelling Cafe
        638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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        1. re: steve_in_stpaul

          steve - how is their hot fudge? Runny and thin? Thick? Sweet? Not as sweet?

          (I like the kind that kind of coalesces when it hits the cold ice cream and is not overly sweet but more fudgy.)

        2. Also, The Malt Shop in southh Minneapolis, if it wasn't damaged by the fire that damaged nearby establishments... http://www.themaltshoprestaurant.com/...

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          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            It was not damaged, and it is an ideal place to skip the meal and go straight for dessert.

          2. Convention Grille falls under the malt shop type experience. But I've gone there for milkshakes alone and the Ice Cream Sundae is divine.

            1. I'd throw the Edina Cremery into that mix. I don't remember them having glass dishes or anything like that, but it's just a good ice cream stop. It's located right next to Arrezzo on France Ave.

              1. The 50's Grill in Brooklyn Center. They have a full restaurant where everything is homemade, but they also have ice cream sundaes and tons of wonderful homemade desserts. We stop there for just dessert or ice cream all the time.

                Brooklyn Center Restaurant
                5637 Brooklyn Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55429

                1. One of the local daily deal sites has an offer from Cone Bros. in Richfield. I have no personal knowledge of this establishment but it might be worth investigating.

                  1. (insert IMHO here) Skip the corporate Friendly's/Bridgeman's/(Shakey's?) barely palatable "ice cream". Get some of the real stuff. Grand Ole Creamery & IZZY'S are the first that come to mind, but there are others around the TC. Izzy's is easiest to find, Marshall Ave. just East of the river - look for the crowded sidewalk tables!

                    Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe
                    2034 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                    Grand Ole Creamery
                    750 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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                    1. re: pickinpedaler

                      I second this. I've been to Izzy's a handful of times and finally made it to Grand Ole Creamery this past weekend. Oh my goodness, I think they won me over.

                      Both choices are great.

                      Grand Ole Creamery
                      750 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                      1. re: BigE

                        Considering the OP specifically called out sea salt infused ice cream as a no-no, I think those place are out of the running.

                        1. re: kevin47

                          G-ol-C is definitely still *in*, since it's pretty old-fashioned. i'd say that both izzy's and sonny's/crema are *out*, based on the op's criteria-- though both of those places are faves of mine. though every time i'm at izzy's there are lots of little kids getting & gobbling the pink & blue ice creams-- bubblegum & cotton candy, iirc. haven't sampled them myself ;) sebastian joe's is in limbo-land, slightly on the side of "fancy" on the "msp fancypants ice cream" scale. in addition, izzy's and sebastian joe's get wicked busy, with long lines, depending on what time of day you go & i could see kids getting impatient at either. while we're at it, pumphouse (organic & local focus) is probably *out* as well.

                          1. re: soupkitten

                            Honestly, I couldn't think of a single one among the usual suspects that serves a sundae in a glass dish as the OP requested ... except maybe the Convention Grill, which fails the stipulation that the place be an actual ice cream parlor.

                            Convention Grill
                            3912 Sunnyside Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55424

                    2. Grandpa's Ice Cream on East Moore Lake Drive in Fridley. Family owned, just ice cream, sundae's, malts. Make a point to stop there every week.

                      Grandpa's Ice Cream
                      1258 East Moore Lake Drive, Fridley, MN

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                      1. re: NordeastB

                        i just stopped by there today, they had some wonderful ice cream! it was awesome! im gonna go back there sometime this week, ice cream is my vice!

                        they had a pretty good variety of ice creams to choose from including a few sorbets. i talked at length with the owner, who happens to have another full time job to support this business, i definitely think this place should be given a try! all of you ice cream junkies/foodies, get out there and help this locally owned and operated hole in the mall a shot

                        and they got a frequent visitors card, get 8 stamps(buy any 8 ice cream products) and get a double scoop cone free

                        Grandpa's Ice Cream
                        1258 East Moore Lake Drive, Fridley, MN