After listening to some live music on Friday, I was ready for some dessert but it was already 10 PM and at that hour, most places are either closed or there are no quick options for dessert. That is unless you’re downtown and you like ice cream.
That’s the beauty of Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar (also known as Mike’s Ice Cream Fountain). They are open until midnight on weekends and 11 PM on the other days. I’m sure they have saved many a people’s sweet cravings or much needed caffeine jolt.
This ice cream joint is quaint with a nod to old-fashioned parlors with its faux tin ceiling tiles and chandeliers. With crammed quarters and limited seating, it can get quite crowded with lines interweaving between tiny tables.
Mikes Ice Cream offers standard ice cream fare: ice cream, frozen yogurts, sundaes, sodas, floats, shakes, malts, and smoothies. Providing about 30-something flavors to choose from ranging from your standard Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry to unique ones like Tennessee Fudge, Birthday Cake, and Nutter Butter (like the cookie). Asking one of the staff members if any of them are made in-house, she said about half of them made locally and is designated by the rectangular tubs in the iceboxes. Since a line was forming behind me, I had to make a quick selection and opted for a double-scoop of Strawberry and Birthday Cake in a waffle cone.
The Birthday Cake was similar to Cake Batter ice cream I’ve had in the past. Smooth, creamy, with a taste of raw cake batter that wasn’t too strong or sweet. Embedded within the Birthday Cake were colorful, sugary bits of red, green, and blue frosting chips. The Strawberry ice cream was pink with scarce amount frozen strawberries hidden inside it. Like the Cake Batter, the Strawberry was not too sweet but didn’t have as much of a strawberry flavor that I would have liked. Still though, it was very good.
The waffle cone was light, flaky, and slightly sweet that held up well to my slow consumption of the ice cream. Despite the fact that my ice cream started to melt a bit, the cone never got soggy from the liquids.
Surprisingly, Mike’s Ice Cream is really cheap compared to other ice cream parlors. A single scoop only cost $2.45 and a double was $3.40. Haley got hers in a cup and it was actually more like a scoop and a half.
I would highly recommend you stop by Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar if you’re in the downtown area. Unless you’re lactose intolerant, you really can’t go wrong with a scoop of local ice cream late at night.
|Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar
Nashville, TN 37201-2108
Bill Total: $7.21 For Two