The Big Chill
The Big Chill, tucked away around the north-east corner of College & Manning, is hardly tough to spot. Much in the spirit of local ice cream parlour legend, Dutch Dreams (Vaughan & St Clair), they've got a brightly coloured mural that glows in the sun, a fun retro 70's neon sign to light up the night, and a tiny, yet remarkably kitschy and fun, interior.
But, of course (and most importantly), there's lots of delectable ice cream to be had as well.
Stopping in on a weeknight, friends and I order up a mix of single scoops, doubles, a milkshake and even a good ol' banana split.
Highlights include: Cherry Bordeaux (with, but of course, rich Bordeaux cherries monsieur!), Caribou Tracks (better known under its other, less tempting name: Moose Droppings), Brownie Toffee Crunch (remember to floss, later!), Funky Chunky Chocolate (chocolate, chocolate sauce and chocolate chunks. You like chocolate, right?), Dutch Apple Pie (now on a cone!), and the fresh citrus classic, Orange Sherbet.
If that list wasn't already a clear indication, The Big Chill has got terrific variety including a half-dozen sherbets and dairy-free flavours. Prices are also decent, ranging from $2.95 for a single scoop, to $4.95 for a big ol' waffle cone-ful.
Parents, you'll also be happy to hear that your ice cream break also includes $2 cones for kids that they'll enjoy while playing in the toy cars and kid-sized furniture set up outside for them.