Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

Location: 1047 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60607
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A Quick Word:
Dessert places are some of the better date places in the city.  Tiff and I decided to head to Cone Gourmet Ice Cream after having dinner at home.  This ice cream shop is located in the West Loop neighborhood on Madison.  It has that small neighborhood feel making it a great date spot.  When you walk in, you feel like you walked back in time to your childhood ice cream parlor.  Tons of flavors are offered.  You also notice the fresh waffle cone smell in the air.  When it comes to the ice cream, they are creamy and delicious.  Unfortunately, some of the flavors are too bold for my liking.  When the say maple BACON, they mean BACON.  And, it is not a satisfying dessert.  Just think more breakfast/appetizer.  The have an outdoor patio section which is really nice, but it can be a little on the dirtier side depending on how many kids are running around and when you come for ice cream.  Also, their hours are not the best.  For those reasons, I thought an average 3.5-mile rating was fair.

What I Ate:

Maple Bacon Ice Cream & Bailey's Ice Cream
in a Cone

For my dessert, I chose to get a waffle cone.  You get two flavors, so I went with Maple Bacon and Bailey's.  Where to begin.  The waffle cone was freshly made at the ice cream shop so it was nice and crispy and very fresh tasting.  The Bailey's ice cream was amazing.  Very strong irish cream flavor, but nothing overpowering.  Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the maple bacon.  I like to say that was BACON with A SIDE of ICE CREAM.  Honestly, each bite had 4-5 huge chunks of bacon.  This was way too much... all I could tasty was salty, chewy bacon.  It was not refreshing like ice cream should be and you will probably not crave bacon for a while after that scoop.  I don't suggest ordering that flavor despite the saying... "everything is good with bacon."

The DOs/DON'Ts:
DO:
- Great date place!  The ice cream shop is old school and they have a little outdoor patio to enjoy your dessert!
- Parking is usually available.  There is a 15 or 20 minute standing zone right next to the ice cream shop, so maybe just use that if you aren't planning on eating there.

DON'T:
- Stay away from the bacon.  Just trust me on that one.

How far would I walk for this food?



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