Date Night’s coverage of Florence Restaurant Week continues with ice cream.
Trowbridge’s has been in business since 1918 and remains untouched by the passage of time. It is an authentic old-style ice cream parlor complete with a soda fountain. You can get a cozy booth, sit at a table or belly up to the bar while you wait for your frozen concoction or lunch fare. Tastes are free and generously offered, on metal spoons to boot. Now that’s “old-school.”
The third generation of the Trowbridge family is running the place, and we hear that generation number four is ready for the baton to be passed down as soon as the senior Mr. Trowbridge (who is 78 years young) is ready to retire. After meeting and talking to him, I am pretty sure he will still be running the show when the centennial of this fine establishment is celebrated in 2018!
Paul Trowbridge opened the creamery and developed the orange-pineapple flavor which is still being served today. The creamery is gone and the rights to the recipes were sold long ago. When I learn such a fact I feel like it’s my duty to eat and describe. First of all, the orange-pineapple is visually pleasing.
There are at least two scoops of ice cream in my “single” cone. It’s a pastel orange, and you can see the chunks of orange and pineapple. The taste is creamy and rich. It tastes like a creamsicle, so it reminds me of my childhood!
I could not be happier with my choice.
Trowbridge’s is also famous for something they call “Oh My Gosh”.
It’s a concoction that has Rogers’s name all over it! Start with a warm brownie, top it with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel, lots of whipped cream and cherries. It’s a warm, gooey mess of a beautiful dessert and we leave no morsels on the plate, even though we are still full from our lunch at On The Rocks.
The people are warm and friendly, the decor is a throwback to a time long ago and the ice cream puts us in a very happy place. We love Trowbridge’s just the way it is, and hope it NEVER changes.
Watch the ice cream come alive in our exclusive Tastemade video. It’s so realistic, you will want to lick your screen!
Disclosure time: Since we are guests of Florence Main Street, we did not pay for our ice cream or for our hotel room in Florence. Thanks to Christina for the invite and to the Marriott at the Shoals for the excellent hotel accommodations.