There’s nothing better on a hot, sticky night than something cold and sweet! In our house, there’s always a heated discussion about the best place to get a sweet treat: Ralph’s for ices or Egger’s for ice cream.
As a kid, it was a family tradition for both of us to go Ralph’s for Italian ices in the squeeze paper cup (that always disintegrated before you finished). We both have fond memories of waiting on line, HOPING they had the flavors we wanted (Rob always got chocolate while I varied between chocolate, watermelon, and cantaloupe) and trying to eat them before they melted all over us, our clothes and the back seats of our family cars.
Occasionally, I also went to Egger’s. Both were equidistant from home, but Egger’s specialized in in ice cream. The original Egger’s (now there are 3) is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, complete with the candy counter chock full of penny candy, stools you could spin around on (until my mom stopped me), and your choice of water or seltzer to drink. Rob had never been to Egger’s, and the summer after we got married, I took him there for the first time. Let’s just say that all it took was one brownie sundae and he was hooked! Egger’s makes the creamiest, freshest ice cream in favorite flavors and their portions are – well, let’s just say it’s hard not to go home without a stomachache!
Tonight, the age-old “battle” raged on – and Egger’s won out! A few years ago, Egger’s opened up a second store in Richmondtown, a local historic district with buildings that date from pre-Revolutionary times. It’s so cool to wander around looking at all the buildings – there’s always something we never noticed before. On Saturday nights, the Tavern Terrace is open with food and beverage trucks from local restaurants. In previous summers, we used to catch free concerts from local bands there, too! We’re hoping they will be able to host concerts again soon, but we love all the socially distanced tables that are available for us to relax in the beautiful summer evenings, people watch and enjoy the delicious ice cream! Check out the size of the ice cream cone: