Staff Blogger: Alexis Oatman, Advancement/ Communications Intern
Ice cream has been around since the reign of the Romans, but now that summer is upon us, ice cream is the staple of the season.
Here at Lakeside, there are several places you can find this chilled delicacy – Coffee & Cream, The Patio Restaurant, Whistle Stop, Dockside and Ooh La La!
Coffee & Cream
Coffee & Cream, across from The Fine Print bookstore, is known for their coffee and delicious ice cream. Popular flavors are soft-serve orange/vanilla twist, Raspberry Fudge Cordial and Raspberry Fudge Truffle.
A soft-serve cone costs about $1.90, and the Velvet brand hand-dipped ice cream is $3.45 for a single scoop or $4.25 for a double scoop. For little Lakesiders, a junior cone is $2.85. Sprinkles are free, but other toppings cost 10 cents.
Coffee & Cream also offers yummy milkshakes, floats and soft-serve ice cream with a shot of espresso on top.
The Patio Restaurant
The Patio Restaurant has been a Lakeside staple for more than 50 years. It’s a casual, family restaurant caddy corner to Coffee & Cream on Second Street.
Along with their delicious donuts, they also sell ice cream. Their most popular Toft’s hand-dipped flavors are Moose Tracks, Butter Pecan and Mint Chocolate Chip.
The price for a scoop is $3.75 and $4.75 for a waffle cone. The Patio also serves delicious sundaes, floats and milkshakes.
Whistle Stop is nestled in the same building as the Lakeside Beauty Salon along Second Street and is always ready to serve Toft’s hand-dipped ice cream, freshly-made popcorn and other sweet treats.
Popular ice cream flavors served here include Mackinac Island Fudge, Butter Pecan and Superman (the kids’ favorite). These tasty treats go for $3.75 a scoop and $4.75 for a tasty waffle cone. Flurries, floats and shakes are also available.
Dockside, established in 2006, is a family-owned 1950s-style diner featuring a variety of light meals and snacks. It’s located – where else – beside the dock and behind the miniature golf course.
You can get a soft-serve vanilla, chocolate or twist ice cream for $3.50 or kid’s cone for $2.50.
Dockside also offers milkshakes, floats, malts and their signature “Chiller,” which is a DockDrink (limeade with your choice of flavoring – cherry watermelon, blue raspberry, orange or grape) served with soft-serve ice cream. Try it out for $4.25.
Last but not least is Ooh La La!, located between Maple and Walnut Avenues on Second Street.
Longtime Lakesiders rave about their sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls, smoothies and gelato (Italian for ice cream).
Their most popular gelato flavors are Mackinac Island Fudge, Salted Carmel and Vanilla. This restaurant also offers lime and strawberry sorbet for non-dairy ice cream lovers. The prices range from $2.95 for a small, 3.95 for a medium cup and 4.95 for a large cup.
Where do you like to get ice cream at Lakeside? What are your favorite flavors? Tell us in the comments below.