Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We all scream for ice cream!

One area of domestic life where my husband and I differ is rather unusual.  Ice cream.  He loves it (like, so much so that it's a running family joke).  And my tummy can't digest it.  Which is why I got a little nervous the first time I stepped inside Zaharako's--a beautifully restored ice cream parlor and soda fountain in the heart of downtown Columbus, Indiana.  It's received a lot of press lately, including the #1 slot in Indianapolis Monthly's recent list of Things Every Hoosier Must Do.  And it really does live up to its reputation.  So I knew that my husband would want to visit pretty much every night of the week.

Luckily for me, even if you can't handle sweet dairy treats on a regular basis, there's still plenty to love about Zaharako's.  It's beautiful interior will take you back in time, full of stained glass, oak wood decor, and a marble countertop.  Every few minutes, a fully operational Welte pipe organ plays. And there's even a small museum and candy shop.  It really does delight all the senses. 

Zaharako's interior

We usually go for dessert, but Zaharako's has a full lunch and dinner menu.  I consider a stop at Zaharako's worth taking a Lactaid, as the ice cream is just so delicious.  I typically go for a scoop of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter sauce, but when I want to avoid ice cream altogether, the sodas are a great subsitute treat.  My husband swears by the brownie sundae.  The arrow prefers to sample a little bit of whatever we're having.

A nearly devoured brownie sundae
We're lucky that we don't have to travel very far to get to Zaharako's.  But we definitely would, and plenty of people do. 

This post is a part of Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust & Lipstick.  Go see what everyone else is eating!