Review: Village Ice Cream Parlor, Lebanon
Is it wrong of me to love Lebanon, Ohio just for this little place?
An old fashioned ice cream shop, serving Hershey’s Ice Cream– it reminds me of Graeter’s in Western Hills (the tiny parlor that was behind McAlpin’s) when I was a kid– metal cups, heart-shaped wire chairs, little rickety tables, and kind older women serving up old-fashioned favorites like phosphates and lots of candy.
They’re actually famous for their sundaes– your choice of ice cream (I chose strawberry), a topping (I chose pineapple, feeling fruity that day, I guess), whipped cream, a cherry, and Spanish, skin-on peanuts.
As modeled by my friend Tony, they also serve the sundaes with teeny tiny little spoons (adorable!), and the milkshakes, sodas and phosphates with larger ones. You can also get old fashioned flavors like nectar, which you can’t get at UDF or Ben and Jerry’s.
This is such a cute, historic stop in a town that relies on its history for tourism– you can catch some dessert here after a lunch at The Golden Lamb, or in between antique shops, or after a show at the Lebanon Theater Company.