My Favourite Ice Cream Shop
My Favourite Ice Cream Shop on MacPherson Avenue is just a stone's throw away from Yonge Street. This small ice cream parlour has been serving up sweet and frosty treats to Rosedale families for over 17 years.
Owner Indra Patel sources almost 30 different flavours from Greg's and Denali Ice Cream. Ice cream flavours range from those with classic chocolate and vanilla bases like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Roasted Marshmallow, to more exotic fruit and yogurt-based varieties like Kiwi and Pear Ginger.
Before it became your friendly neighbourhood ice cream parlour, the space was occupied by a cobbler. Indra's family owned a drugstore just next door in the space that is now Patachou . When the cobbler retired, the Patels decided to start a business that Indra could manage on her own, and there was no sweeter choice than ice cream. The small shop can only fit about five or six customers along the counter, but has a minty-green bench next to the window that seats a few, and two big picnic tables outside.
The shop opens and closes with the warm weather, starting in the Spring and going usually until around Halloween, depending on how cold it gets. On my first visit, it's a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon, and there's a constant stream of people, young, old and in between going in and out of the shop, and both of the picnic tables are occupied. My best friend and I each order two scoops in large waffle cones ($5.79). I go for a classic Green Tea topped mighty high with Lemon Meringue, while Marianne goes for Chocolate Mousse Track (a rich chocolate) and Bubblegum, which is a brilliant blue hue.
True to form, Greg's Green Tea and Lemon Meringue are both deliciously creamy and not at all too sweet as some store-bought ice cream tends to be. As I hurry to catch a shot in the hot afternoon sun, Marianne's ice cream has started to melt from its peak and we eat it quickly in the shade. Her Chocolate is rich and goes surprisingly well with the fruity Bubblegum on top.
My second visit is on a weeknight, and despite the fact that it is significantly colder out, it is still busy. A pair of scooters lean against the exterior of the shop, a curious child stands on her tippy-toes to see inside the container of colourful flavours, and a man rushes in to grab a cone of Pralines and Cream for his wife, who he explains is sitting in their idling car on Macpherson Avenue. This time I try their yogurt options - my friend Adrien orders a cup of Mixed Berry ($3.89) and I go for the Pineapple Coconut, an ice cream flavour I've never tried before. Both are made with frozen fruit that they prepare in-store. Mine resembles a delicious Piña Colada.
Extra toppings range from $0.50 to $1.00, and range include sprinkles, hot fudge, crushed Oreo bits, peanuts, whipped cream and more. Customers can also take home ½ litre containers of Denali ice cream for $6.99, Greg's ice cream for $7.99 and frozen yogurt for $9.29.
This story's end is a sad one, for after the first visit and those two sinful scoops of ice cream, I realized I am quite lactose intolerant, so on my second visit I took it easy and brought the remainder of my delicious Pineapple Coconut cone for my roommate. It's a sad day for ice cream lovers and connoisseurs everywhere.
My Favourite Ice Cream Shop is open daily from noon to 9 p.m. All prices include tax. Cash only.