I wanted to find some unusual places to get ice cream for this tour and I think this week we’ve really got a place that you wouldn’t expect to find a great, home-made ice cream treat. And it’s also going to be the first road trip of the tour and like most road trips, this one starts with...
A knock at the door! But wait a second, what’s David Lee Roth doing here? Look, Dave, I know you’re the Ice Cream Man and all, but we’re waiting for someone else. You run along and wait for the next Van Halen reunion tour!
Okay, let’s try this again! And this time the right fellow has shown up, it’s MBIP Pal, Contributing Writer and Wheelman, Scott Turley, complete with his Captain’s hat! Okay, let’s hit the road for the first road trip of this ice cream tour!
And we’re off! And after a white knuckle trip over the bridge we’re on our way to Lake Bloomington!
Last year in August we took a road trip here when we went to Green Gables for the sandwich tour. We noticed another place across the street that we said we should come back and try. And that place is...
Lake Road Inn! This place has been here forever, but this summer they’ve remodeled their kitchen and Scott discovered something that led us here for the ice cream tour. Keep on scrolling and you’ll find out! Okay, let’s go in and see what’s shaking in here.
It’s nice in here and the sign says to seat yourself, so that’s what we’ll do. There’s a nice dining area over there, but as usual, Scott went in before me and already has a seat at the bar. In case you forget where you are, there’s a handy sign overhead reminding you that you are indeed at...the bar!
Rizz is the friendly manager at Lake Road Inn and here he is hand-modeling an ice-cold bottle of Budweiser! I took a photo or the back of the bar and saw a can of beer I didn’t even know they made anymore, Stag beer! I almost ordered a can but then I remembered something, it’s Stag beer, so I wisely put that thought out of my noggin’!
There’s a quartet of beers on tap and on Sundays they have a Bloody Mary bar from 11AM to 4PM. There’s over fifteen items you can garnish your Bloody Mary with here. You could almost have a lunch just from the garnish items!
There’s tables directly behind the bar and some old ads from the Bloomington Pantagraph. This place has been here for a long time and the current owner is Craig Hanson. He’s revamped the whole place and added an extensive menu with everything from specialty burgers, ribs, frog legs and eleven styles of homemade pizza. And they still have the all you can eat fish fry every Friday for $9.99!
Let’s go check out the beer garden back here. It’s really nice with lots of umbrellas to shield you from that nasty sunlight! That’s Kristen in the shades behind the mini-bar out here and check out that keg of cold beer. They better put some ice on it soon or it won’t be cold for long!
Meanwhile, back at the bar, it looks like it’s just about lunch time!
Scott and I decided to order two of our favorite things: Rings and wings! They both look and smell delightful!
They have a lot of different styles of chicken wings here and on Sundays there’s a wing special where it’s just 75 cents a wing! We got the Buffalo wings and they were really tasty. The chicken was juicy and the sauce was flavorful with just the right amount of heat and zing. As good as the wings were, the onion rings were really the star of the show! Usually I prefer skinny rings but these were so good! The batter was amazing! Even though they were large rings, they were really light and the batter and onions had a wonderful flavor to them. A lot of times the onions don’t have a lot of taste, but these were so tasty! Scott agreed and he’s an onion ring aficionado! Now by now you’re probably thinking: “Hey, I thought this was supposed to be an ice cream post!” Well, hold on to your socks because...
Here’s Chef Pain with two homemade ice cream sandwiches! Scott saw a post on facecrack about this place having ice cream sandwiches and we knew where the first ice cream road trip would be! I would be willing to bet this is the only bar in the area that serves up homemade ice cream sandwiches!
Wow and check them out! They’re the size of a small hubcap! I got the chocolate chip with vanilla ice cream.
Scott tore into his before I could get a photo of it! He got the sweet and salty which has butterscotch, chocolate, oatmeal, pretzels, potato chips and coffee grounds. He said it tasted a whole lot better than it sounds! Scott offered me a bite, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around the potato chips and coffee grounds, so I politely declined and turned my attention to my more conventional ice cream sandwich.
This was so good! The cookie is nice and crisp and goes well with the soft and sweet vanilla ice cream. They’re so big neither Scott or I could finish the whole thing, but it was a tasty time trying!
After the ice cream sandwiches Shannon served up another beer! Wow and I thought the ice cream was sweet! Thanks to Rizz, Kristen, Chef Pain and Shannon for a fun afternoon! And thanks to Scott for driving, hanging out and discovering the sweet treat here on our fourth week of ice cream! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Ice Cream Rating
Three and Three Quarter Cones—The ice cream sandwiches are homemade and huge! Get them with the onion rings for a perfect salty and sweet combo!
25106 N 1750 East Road
Hudson, Illinois (Lake Bloomington)