Category Archives: ice cream treats

Freddy’s offering 89-cent custard scoops

The problem with this promotion is that I simply cannot leave Freddy’s with just a bowl of custard. If I’m in there, I gotta have a steak burger — and probably a side of those matchstick fries, too.

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But if you have more self control than I do, you’ll be able to use this news. To celebrate the 89th birthday of Freddy’s co-founder and namesake, Freddy Simon, the chain is offering 89-cent scoops of its frozen custard. The offer applies to either chocolate or vanilla custard in either a traditional cake cone or a dish. The deal is good from Friday through Feb. 27.

The restaurant also is asking fans to wish Freddy a happy birthday via social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  If you do, use the hashtag #happybirthdayfreddy

The flavors of fall are everywhere

Freddy’s pumpkin pie concrete recently made its glorious, fall return.

This pumpkin spice thing has gotten kind of crazy. If a fall fan wanted, she could dine on pumpkin flavored foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, and I’m okay with that.

This week, I decided to gather up a list of pumpkin, apple and caramel flavored foods that have appeared in ice cream stores, coffee shops and doughnut places during the past several weeks. I’m publishing the list in tomorrow’s Go! section, but you can see it now.

Did I miss anything particularly terrific? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll add it to the online story.

Free gelato for mug owners on Friday

If you’re out tromping around with the Final Friday crowds tomorrow, you can find some creamy, cold relief at Anna Murdoc’s Cafe.

The downtown coffee shop will be the site of   KMUW’s sixth annual Fill Your Mug event. Caffe Moderne, the creators of the best peanut butter/chocolate gelato I’ve ever tasted, is providing the gelato for

It lasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Anna Murdoc’s, 209 E. William, and will offer a cupful of gelato to people who bring their KMUW mugs to the event.

Those who don’t have mugs can get a cup at the event, which also will feature music from Raging Sea and Aaron Newton.

Admission is free.

Food Network Magazine recognizes local ice cream shop

For the past several summers, Food Network Magazine has put out a “Fifty States” issue, which names the best of a certain dish in each of the 50 states.

Two summers ago, it was pizza, and Wichita Pizza Co’s taco pizza was named the best in Kansas. Last summer, the topic was sandwiches, and the banh mi at My Tho was the Kansas sandwich that made the list.

This summer, Food Network Magazine is listing the country’s best ice cream treats, and the issue on stands now names Paleteria La Reyna’s helado (Spanish for ice cream) the best in Kansas.

I love the ice cream there, which is creamier than standard ice cream. My favorite flavors are tequila (it really tastes like it), pine nut, pistachio and cookies and cream. My daughter loves the bubble gum flavor, which she chews on for hours.

I also love the rest of the menu at Paleteria La Reyna, which serves up some of the best tacos, tortas and chips and salsa in town.

For more information, visit the restaurant at 2925 N. Arkansas or call 316-831-9196.

Salted Creamery a new ice cream vendor

Salted Creamery’s “Rum Amok”

About a year ago, Holly Nickel and Kendra Burkey started discussing dreams to open a business together.

Now, they’re driving all over the area, serving up their homemade artisanal ice cream made with natural, local ingredients.

Salted Creamery is an “ice cream delivery company” that the friends officially got started this spring. The business is based in Newton, and the owners deliver their ice cream by the pint ($5) or quart ($10) in the Newton area. They’ll also deliver to Wichita, but only if someone orders five pints or more.

They also regularly frequent the Old Town Farmers’ Market, where they sell their ice cream by the quart. They’ll be there from 8 a.m. to noon the Saturday after this one — on June 15. Those who travel to Hesston can buy the ice cream by the scoop at Nickels coffee shop, called Lincoln Perk, which is at 709 E. Lincoln Blvd. in Hesston.

The partners make lots of interesting flavors of ice cream, included salted caramel, chocolate truffle and strawberry cheesecake. They also make a killer vanilla, Burkey said.

Burkey and Nickel

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Burkey said of the business. “I thought by now I would get sick of making ice cream, but I love it. I love all the endless combinations.”

People who want to keep up with the business and find out which flavors they’re making (about five a week) should follow the Salted Creamery Facebook page.

College Hill Creamery opening soon in Clifton Square

College Hill Creamery will open next month at 3700 E Douglas, in the spot in Clifton Square that formerly housed Mend Physio Therapy.

College Hill Creamery will open soon in this spot in Clifton Square.

The ice cream shop will serve 24 flavors of ice cream and is owned by College Hill resident Caleb Shannon. He has a different day job and his hired a manager to run the day-to-day of the business, which will specialize in hand-dipped cones fitted with giant malt balls in the bottom to prevent leaks.

The shop will open at noon on June 1.

Shannon got the idea to open the shop when he noticed that College Hill was lacking in ice cream options.

“My niece and nephew were in town about six months ago, and we couldn’t find anything in that area other than chain places,” he said. “We decided that College Hill is that that kind of neighborhood, with the parks and a pool, that would really be able to use more of a local ice cream store.”

Single scoop cones will be about $2.50 The store also will make ice cream sandwiches to order.

It’ll be open from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

Just opened: La Reyna 2

As of Saturday, all of the ice cream goodness of Paleteria La Reyna — the ice cream and Mexican food place at 2925 N. Arkansas — is more accessible to west-siders.

Gabriela Velasquez, the daughter of Paleteria La Reyna’s owners, opened Hamburgesas y Helados: La Reyna 2, on Saturday. The restaurant is in the old Sonic building recently vacated by Sloppy Joe’s at  803 N. West St., which closed in January after six months in business.

It’ll be different from the original in that it will specialize in hamburgers and hot dogs, available topped with pico de gallo for a Mexican twist. It’ll also serve Paleteria La Reyna’s wonderful Mexican ice cream bars and homemade ice cream, of which I am a big fan.

There’s room for about 30 to sit inside.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Wednesdays, when the restaurant is closed.

Squeezer’s Palace reopens Friday with dogs

Squeezer’s Palace, the colorful walk-up ice cream spot at 11th and Bitting in Riverside that opened last summer then closed for the winter, will be back in business starting Friday.

Owner Kirk David is adding a few offerings to his original menu, which included ice cream and yogurt creations, frozen bananas and smoothies. New to the spring menu: Hot dogs, tea, fresh juices and coffee supplied by Il Primo, the coffee shop at 6422 E. Central.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Squeezer’s Palace a bright spot in Riverside

I’ve gotten a lot of e-mail  over the past few weeks from new-found fans of Squeezer’s Palace, a colorful and whimsical new walk-up ice cream shop that opened a few weeks ago at 11th and Bitting, right across the street from the Riverside Perk.

The shop, opened by Kirk David, is a take-off on the Squeezer’s Palace that operated about three blocks away back in the 1970s. David’s version offers ice cream or yogurt and a variety of toppings, such as fruit, candy and granola. He also serves frozen bananas dipped in dark or light chocolate, with or without nuts, and a variety of fresh-made fruit smoothies.

David hopes to remain open through the winter, despite his original plans to close during December, January and February, and is considering adding coffee drinks and make-your-own s’mores to menu. He’s also working on a patio.

There was a little drama a few weeks ago about the fact that David was using the Squeezer’s Palace name, displeasing the original Squeezer’s Palace owner. He briefly considered changing the name but was urged by several people to go a head with it. He never heard from the displeased former owner and decided to keep to his original plan.

I drove past the building last week and loved the way it looks, covered in playful murals created by local artist Rick Regan.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

Two good ideas for lunch

Martha and Alberto Valdez, owners of La Tradicion Tortilleria

When a reader takes the time to e-mail me about a little-known restaurant, I go ahead and assume that it’s probably pretty good.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve received two such delicious e-mails. One was from Cindy Sundell-Guy, who urged me to try La Tradicion Tortilleria at 1701 N. Broadway. She raved about the $5.99 lunch buffet, the green chile with pork and the poblano and onion with cheese. Occasionally, La Tradicion serves mole, tamales and soups such as hominy stew.

“The first time I went in, the owner dipped me up a spoonful of everything on the buffet so I could taste it all,” she wrote. “I felt like I had gone to a Mexican covered dish dinner. What a treat.  He is really accommodating.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

**UPDATE** I went to La Tradicion for lunch today and enjoyed the buffet, which is different from a usual buffet in that the owners serve it up for you. Turns out it’s in the former Maharaja building.

Some things were better than others. And I smell like friedness now. But it was a fun experience. **END UPDATE**

I must admit I’ve never heard of the other restaurant that received reader praise: D’s Dairy Freeze. It opened last July in a former Pig-In Pig-Out space at 1935 S. Hydraulic.

The small restaurant, which has seating but does mostly drive-through service, sells ice cream, malts, shakes, burgers, salads, onion rings, pies and more. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, but starting at the end of March, it’s open until 10 p.m. nightly.

Reader Lou Ann Ward works nearby and says people need to know how good it is. She wants it to stay in business but at the same time is afraid she’ll have to start standing in line when people realize what a value it is.

Lunch is in an hour. Go!