Scoop 14: Vanilla Ice Cream on Apple Pancakes, 3rd Street Diner, Richmond, VA

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on June 9, 2006

Since my hotel has internet access, I decided to use Google Maps to plot my hotel’s address and search for “ice cream” in nearby businesses. Located less than ¼ mile from the hotel, Terrace Ice Cream Parlour at 101 East Franklin Street seemed to be the best choice Google gave me.

After the previous night’s presentation given by a Richmond police Major about the exceptionally high (though dropping) homicide rate of the city, my imagination implored me to walk quickly in the growing darkness toward my destination avoiding eye contact with all potential murders. I arrived at 101 Franklin to discover a stunning hotel the midst of abandoned businesses and dilapidated buildings. Clearly the most upscale and haughty of the hotels in Richmond, the Jefferson Hotel was incredibly imposing and most certainly was home to “Terrace Parlour”. Two different bell men rushed to open what seemed to be an automatic door. Inside this classy establishment I felt severely underdressed in my Khaki pants, navy blue t-shirt, Birkenstocks and messenger bag. Nevertheless, I did my best to act as though I belonged and wandered among the bouquets of flowers, portraits of Confederates, Mahogany furniture and Old Money. (And a swarm of private schooled prom kids).

I couldn’t seem to locate any ice cream parlour, though there were at least two restaurants with mains starting at $34. I decided to approach the concierge and in my best southern drawl asked if there was an ice cream shop within walking distance. (Actually, there was no southern drawl, but that would have been fun). The concierge told me that the only place he knew of was over two miles away.

Walking back to the hotel, cursing Google Maps for the lack of Terrace Parlour (and myself for not calling first), I realized that I still had not eaten dinner. I stumbled upon “3rd Street Diner” on the corner of 3rd and Main. It was a fun little diner with great old signage and a jukebox (and an awesome waitress with a mohawk). I ordered apple pancakes and asked for vanilla ice cream on top instead of whipped cream. The waitress looked at me like I was a little strange, told me she would have to charge me extra, and brought back my food less than 10 minutes later. As you can see this was quite a feast. The pancakes were amazing. I think they had cinnamon in them and I’m not sure what else. The apples were perfectly cooked, a little sweet, a little sour; a little crunchy, but still mushy. The ice cream was the perfect addition. Since this website is supposed to be about the ice cream, I will write about that. It was your standard vanilla ice cream. It was fairly smooth, but not the creamiest. It was extra vanilla-y and had a pretty intense New York Vanilla type flavor. Overall, I was very satisfied. Honestly, if the ice cream was too good, I think I would have felt bad contaminating it with the pancakes. (Though, it would have been hard to imagine those amazing pancakes “contaminating” anything…). All in all, it was exactly what I had hoped for and I’m glad that Google Maps Business finder failed me.

  • Flavor: 3.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 3
  • Originality (on my part): 4
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost (of just the ice cream) : $1.25

Apple Pancakes3rd Street Diner

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