This might rightly go in the food group, but I figure this sort of public service announcement should be shared with everyone.

Ice cream used to be easy to come by in the university area. The Hippo was a much-revered establishment that used to keep our bellies cool and our hippie creds current. It's been gone for ages. And there was a Baskin Robbins at Central and Buena Vista that was open for many years.  Its closing about 5 years ago (maybe longer now?) was a huge disappointment to some of us who live nearby---say, 928 ft. from front door to front door---and to anyone who lined up for free single scoop cones whenever the shop held a promotion.  The fact that those 31 delicious flavors were replaced by a check cashing place is another disappointment that we won't go into here.

But Baskin Robbins has returned!! The Dunkin Donuts at the corner of Central and Mesa has opened a Baskin Robbins counter inside the donut shop. They don't have all 31 flavors, presumably because of space limitations, but there were about 20 or so when I was in earlier today. And they prepare sundaes, shakes, soft serve and some "blizzard-y" treats, for those of you wonder why in the hell there's no Dairy Queen within a couple miles of UNM.  They also have a case with pre-packaged ice cream, cakes, and those creepy clown cones that alternately terrify and entice.


I bring this up because I have been in a few times (I loooove ice cream in warm weather) and I haven't seen any other customers bellying up to the ice cream case. I can only assume it's because folks just don't know how close they are to a cherries jubilee & jamocha almond fudge banana royale with chocolate sauce. Or, you know, a small scoop of sugar-free vanilla.


The return of ice cream to the neighborhood is viewed with delight in my household and it would be disappointing to see it go again. While I'm doing my darnedest to keep their ice cream sales up, I'm no guarantee that Dunkin might decide their experiment isn't working. So next time you're cruising Central on a hot day or you just have a craving while in the University neighborhood, stop by and grab a cone. If I see you there, I'll treat you to one of those clown cones. But only if I get to watch you try and eat it.



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Comment by Phil_0 on May 16, 2011 at 9:30pm

Clown cones! My granddad loved buying the clown cones for his progeny. I always simultaneously loved them and feared them. But I am glad they're still around. 


Do any old-school ABQers remember a Dairy Queen in the UNM neighborhood? I seem to remember there being one, long long ago...

Comment by Slick 27 on May 17, 2011 at 8:36am

My wife and I were there last Saturday before attending a play at The Vortex Theater a block away. It is nice having BR back within walking distance of the theater.

Comment by mombat on May 17, 2011 at 9:12am

This is great news- In fact we would have gone there last night had I only known.

I loved clown cones as kid. My ancestral B-R on Rio Bravo is now closed.

I think the kids and I will check this out tomorrow after school.

Comment by once banned twice shy on May 17, 2011 at 10:06am

Yes, Phil_0, I remember that Dairy Queen.  I do believe it was where the Satellite is now.  Used to go there after gymnastics meets for a Peanut Buster Parfait.  Mmmmmm.  It wasn't THAT long ago that it was there...or am I really that old?

I loved the German Chocolate Cake ice cream at the Hippo but the day I went in there and saw a couple of furs sitting happily on top of the ice cream in the freezer was the day I gave it up.  I couldn't stop wondering where that fur was from.  Was too coarse to be a cat fur.  Could have been a dog fur but it also could have been a RAT fur.   Heh.  I do really, really, really miss their Mocha Frosted, though.  It was just chocolate ice cream in espresso blended up, but man was it the bomb.  



Comment by jes on May 17, 2011 at 11:04am
Oh, man, how I want some ice cream -- right now. I've noticed the sparsity of ice cream around town (maybe I'm just not in the right parts of town) and thought maybe real burquenos don't eat ice cream. I'll sure be giving them some business.
Comment by Krista on May 17, 2011 at 2:15pm
Hettie as a person who adores those little clown cones I will happily take you up on that offer!  :)
Comment by shotsie on May 17, 2011 at 5:02pm
Chillz Frozen Custard is the bestest!  Lots of flavors that change every day, plus half-priced pints from previous days.
Comment by hettie on May 17, 2011 at 6:32pm
krista, you're on! I'll send you a message to see what you're up to this week.

shotsie, I was involved in a frozen custard vs. frozen yogurt vs. gelato argument last night in nob hill (fro yo won by majority vote). I haven't tried chillz since I'm not a fan of frozen custard, but you're the 3rd person in the last 24 hrs. to shout its praises, so I might have to head over for a taste.
Comment by AM on May 17, 2011 at 8:28pm

Those clown cones are so cute! :)


Comment by SweetCaroline on May 19, 2011 at 8:44am

I grew up around Italians.  I love GELATO!  I recommend Guiseppi's and/or Ecco for wonderful gelato treats.  Both are in Nob Hill.


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