Excellent | Worth a Detour
Review by: mkmcintire
Note: This review was written by one of our Roadfooders In Training. M.K. McIntire is a high school senior from the East Coast. Enjoy!
Impossible to miss on the east side of Hwy 6 (Marion Road), with “Kool Kone” written in big white letters on a large maroon building and a stick figure man with an ice cream cone on either side of him, Kool Kone has been a staple in Wareham, Massachusetts, for over 50 years.
Open year round, Kool Kone serves ice cream, fresh seafood, and full dinners, and even has an adjoining seasonal 18-hole mini-golf course called “Dolphin’s Cove,” complete with a full ocean theme and dolphin statue. Tom Strom, owner for over 10 years, wants it to be a destination for the whole community, where folks can eat several times a week.
What is a Kool Wiz? That’s something you invent and they create to your specifications, mixing a topping of your choice with the best soft serve I have ever tasted. I often feel like soft serves lack flavor, but Kool Kone’s is creamy and rich. Every topping under the sun is available; sour patch kids, Skittles, gummy bears, shredded coconut, Oreos, M&M’s, Twix, Heath Bar, etc. I had a creamy coffee flavored soft serve mixed with M&M’s. Other ice cream flavors include “Dinosaur Crunch” — vanilla ice cream dyed an alarming shade of blue with Cocoa Krispies, orange pineapple, and salted caramel pretzel. There are countless other ice cream and frozen treat specialties, including frappes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and shaved ice.
While in the ice cream line, I met the Wareham High School Softball team, who were enjoying a celebratory ice cream after a big win against rival Seekonk. If you ever need Kool Wiz creation combination ideas, they would be the ones to ask! I saw combinations of ice creams with toppings that blew my mind, like one player’s pairing of mint chocolate chip ice cream and peach rings.
Kool Kone also offers a menu of traditional Cape Cod seafood: fried clams, clam cakes, lobster rolls, quahogs, and clam chowder. The lobster roll is a good choice, served on a regular-sized hot dog roll that is buttered and grilled to perfection, the lobster dressed with a hint of mayo. On the side come a sizable portion of fries and a cup of coleslaw.
The tennis ball-size warm stuffed quahog clam has a soft and bready consistency with a smoky taste and a little kick. Even though the shell is small, it is full of all the good “stuff”: peppers, linguica, clams, and onions.
Clam cakes are a must try; light and fluffy batter with just the right amount of clams — delicious dipped in tartar sauce. Fried clams are fresh, crunchy and tender and include the soft belly and all. Their classic New England clam chowder has a creamy thick broth and a generous amount of clams cut into little bits.
There also is a full dinner menu that is quite extensive, including unique dishes influenced by the long time Cape Verdian and Portuguese staff. These include shrimp, chicken, or steak Mozambique, a linguica sandwich, and brothy kale soup with linguica. To drink, try a fizzy and fruity raspberry lime Rickey.
At Kool Kone you order at the window and receive a number on a slip of paper. You retrieve your food on a tray when your number is called and find a seat at a booth inside or a picnic table outside. The service is quick — since it is so busy, they are very efficient and helpful.
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner, Dessert|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|