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Apr 18, 2011 09:14 AM

Tom's Ice Cream Bowl Zanesville OH

We stopped here for an ice-cream pick-me-up after visiting the Zanesville Museum of Art (great pottery-very nice, small museum).

The spot is easy on-off from I-70, and easy parking - it has a very old fashioned feel and is quite friendly. The ice cream was quite good, as was the hot fudge.

I'd especially point out that they have nuts and various chocolates that were excellent - reminded me of my childhood when we'd go downtown for hot peanuts.

Next time you are on that boring stretch of I-70, take a moment for some treats-it's one of those places that are worth supporting.

Tom's Ice Cream Bowl
532 McIntire Ave, Zanesville, OH 43701

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  1. Did you make it to the Zane Grey/National Road/Pottery museum in Norwich? Tom's is very close from the house where Zane Grey was born.

    Excellent ice cream treats at Tom's. They do have a regular menu, although I have nevevr had anything but the ice cream or shakes.

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    1. re: Fibber McGee

      Alas, no...we were already pushing our time limit stopping for ice-cream. Someday I hope to retire and stop everywhere I'd like along the way (driven by food...) -
      I'm not sure I'm likely to try "regular" food there, since I'm also a fan of Mehlman's.

      1. re: David W

        Sounds like a lot of my weekends here in Ohio.
        From what I have seen at Tom's tables where people were having lunch, it seems like they are an ice cream parlor that serves some sandwiches. Without knowing for sure, I don't think you'll be missing much.
        So Mehlman's is the standard in Eastern Ohio? The one time I tried to get there I wasn't able to make it by their 8 p.m. closing time. Of course, Gallipolis was my starting point, so I was pushing my luck from the get-go.

        1. re: Fibber McGee

          On the way out from Brooklyn (we stop in PA these days-to old and tired to do more) and stop in Columbus for lunch - usually Rigsby's. We stopped in Zanesville this trip because we had spent the night in Pittsburgh and had a hearty breakfast at Pamela's so didn't think we needed lunch.

          On the way back, we're usually starting in Indiana, and that's about the point we need a break - we've been stopping there for some time. Mehlman's is perfect for a road trip-good food fairly fast (unless you hit the after-church crowd on Sunday-we did that once and it was amazing-the line was out the door) at a cheap price.

          This last trip we had penne with tomato sauce, green beans, corn bread, stuffed chicken breast, broccoli casserole (it's terrific), key lime pie, coconut cream pie, and two coffees (with refills) for a grand total of $15.94.

          They are friendly, have lots of space, easy parking - they even have young folk to carry the tray if you are too frail to carry it yourself (not needed-yet) - it's one of those great spots. I love the food there, and always look forward to stopping.

          Rigsby's Restaurant
          698 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

    2. We stopped at Tom's on our way from Cincinatti to Pittsburgh. Talk about a walk down memory lane!

      It's close to impossible to find chocolate sodas (as well as banana splits) in Ontario (where I live) these days.

      We had a chocolate soda, some chili.I tried the peach ice cream, and we bought some Spanish peanuts and Red Skinned peanuts for the road.

      If I'm hungry next time I pass Zanesville, I hope to try the banana split.
      Neat spot.