Sundaes yummy sundaes (just please hold the bacon)
May 24th, 2012
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Compared to the fast-paced world of juicing and organic chocolate, not much happens in the land of ice cream sundaes. There are exceptions, like when Burger King sticks a couple strips of bacon in a chocolate-and-caramel sundae and starts test-marketing bacon sundaes around Nashville.
 
Personally, I’m less cutting-edge than the people at Tennessee BKs. And if I decide I need more fat and calories in my sundae, it’s going to come in the form of a brownie base, or more hot fudge, not bacon.

For those like me, who live in an idyllic sundae past and aren’t ready to mash up their charcuterie plates with their vanilla ice cream, the following are some places to check out. Especially if you don’t want your dog to feel left out when you dig into your ice cream.

Ever-So-Slightly Cutting Edge Sundae
Bi-Rite Creamery - San Francisco, california
Bi-Rite’s superdeluxe ice cream is made with organic dairy products from a local creamery. Their add-ins are cooked at the adjoining bakery; they even house-make graham crackers. So, no surprise that their sundaes rock the house.

Sam's Sundae might just be the best. It’s made with chocolate ice cream with bergamot olive oil, maldon sea salt and whipped cream; I understand that olive oil in a sundae might sound dangerously close to bacon; I promise it’s not. Bi-Rite’s Sundae Party Kit comes with a choice of ice cream, sauces, toppings, sprinkles, whipped cream and eco-friendly cups and spoons. That’s enough sundae for at least 18 people (or less, if I’m there) and costs $95. San Francisco is lucky: They’re soon getting a second Bi-Rite in the NoPa neighborhood.

Sundae for a Crowd
Cabot's Ice Cream - Newtonville, Massachusetts
This 40-plus-year-old ice cream parlor has a sundae that makes Bi-Rite’s party package look like a Weight Watchers Special. The Great Pyramid is served in a bowl that’s almost two feet in diameter. It’s packed with 60 pints of ice cream in flavors ranging from seasonal peach to coffee Kahlúa brownie, 12 quarts of toppings (including five varieties with the word "fudge" in it), whipped cream, marshmallow, nuts and cherries. It serves 175 of your friends.

Sundae for Your Dog
Bruster's Real Ice Cream - Arlington, Texas
This nationwide chain has 140 different ice cream flavors in their rotation but offers only 24 flavors at any given time. Your choices could include Grape, Eggnog, Peanut Butter and Jelly and something called Chocolate Lover's Trash (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks, chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate butter toffee and chocolate Krispies).

Here’s why the Arlington Buster’s location stands out. They serve one-ounce vanilla ice cream sundaes to your dog. For free! The sundaes are very small and nonchocolate (chocolate being not good for canines). Still, if you still don’t want your pet to have any dairy, just give him or her the sundae’s dog bone garnish.

Sundae for an Adult
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Miami, Florida
As I was saying, I don’t necessarily need a lot of bells and whistles with my sundae - unless pastry chef star Hedy Goldsmith is involved. In which case, all bets are off. Her boozy Macallan Brownie Sundae layers Junk in Da Trunk Brownies (real name) with smoked vanilla ice cream, The Macallan 12 Years Old Toffee Sauce, spiced candied pecans, chocolate marshmallow and chocolate sauce. Hedy, just please, please, please don’t add bacon.

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    May 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  2. Seffie Vercetti

    Omg!!
    What about the people who CAN'T eat pork?
    I mean, Who got the stupid idea that ice cream should have MEAT in it.
    Ew, not many people will eat that and that's a promise.

    May 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • Terry

      My guess would be if you can't eat pork you don't buy it. Calm down, nobody is cramming it down your throat.

      May 28, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  3. Fed Up

    Haagen-Dazs is the way to go.

    May 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  4. The Iron

    Sunday is my favorite day of the week.

    May 26, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
  5. Ewwww!

    Heart attack in a bowl!

    May 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • puckles

      You must have a very dull life.

      May 27, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  6. Bacon is King

    What do you have against bacon?

    May 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  7. Solo

    Save your money on the Cold Stone Creamery hype and buy Blue Bunny's new ice cream versions – tasty!

    May 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Sun

      I did, and sad to say I was disappointed. Duff totally sold out and not even for a good product.

      May 26, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
  8. Canada: America's Hat

    Argh! Bruster's finally came to Arlington..after I moved away. LOVE Bruster's!

    May 25, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply

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