Sugar Bowl

Ice Cream Parlor | Sandwich Shop | Soda Fountain
One of the best

With its pink-upholstered booths and swift young staff who look so cheerful carrying raspberry glaciers (Sprite and sherbet), golden nuggets (Sprite, sherbet, and ice cream), and Turkish coffee sodas, the Sugar Bowl is the ultimate ice cream parlor. In particular, we recommend the Camelback sodas, made with either vanilla or coffee ice cream, and “extra luscious malts,” for which the glass is lined with your choice of marshmallow, hot fudge, or caramel sauce.

In an age when nutritional nannies wag their fingers at sugar itself, we would love this place only for its name. But that is just a manifestation of the unrepentant classicism that makes the Sugar Bowl such a treasure. Jane, an ice cream soda aficionado, declares these to be among the nation’s best. Where else do you have the opportunity to order such bygone faves as a Dusty Road, a Banana Royale Split, and a classic Tin Roof sundae? These soda fountain masterworks are all the better for the jolly pink setting.

Several years ago, Roadfooder Charlene Kingston wrote to tell us, “The Sugar Bowl is the name of the ice cream counter that [cartoon character] Dennis the Menace visits, named after this restaurant. Hank Ketcham [Dennis’s creator] used to come and visit Bil Keane (creator of Family Circus) who lived in Scottsdale near this famous local landmark, and he used the name in his strip as an inside joke with Keane.” So not only is it a good place to eat ice cream: it is a cultural landmark, too!

What to Eat
Sugar Bowl, Extra Luscious Malt
Extra Luscious Malt
For a slight upcharge, you can have your shake or malt made extra luscious. This means the inside of the glass is coated with your choice of marshmallow, caramel, or fudge before the shake is poured in. It looks great when it arrives... (see next photo)
Sugar Bowl, Camelback soda
Camelback soda
Sodas are served with an extra little glass of seltzer water to add once you've plowed through some of the ice cream on top. This is a black-and-white: vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Sugar Bowl, Tin Roof Sundae
Tin Roof Sundae
A Tin Roof sundae: vanilla ice cream, chocolate (not fudge) syrup, and a surfeit of little redskin Spanish peanuts.
Sugar Bowl, Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad
In keeping with the kitchen's high standards, this refreshing salad is made with freshly-cut fruit. It comes with hunks of house-made nut bread spread with cream cheese.
Sugar Bowl, Lemonade
Of course, lemonade is freshly squeezed.
Sugar Bowl, DesireMe Banana Split
DesireMe Banana Split
Even though it is only two scoops (no chocolate ice cream), the DesireMe banana split is a thing of beauty!
Sugar Bowl, Turkey Salad Sandwich
Turkey Salad Sandwich
This fine turkey salad sandwich is made from a real roasted bird (you can get sliced turkey, too), and it is available on your choice of white, light or dark rye, whole or cracked wheat, or sourdough.
Sugar Bowl, Jell-O
There is no earthly reason anyone should come to the Sugar Bowl and get Jell-O instead of ice cream, but we always appreciate seeing the jiggly stuff on a menu.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 10pm
Monday11am - 10pm
Tuesday11am - 10pm
Wednesday11am - 10pm
Thursday11am - 10pm
Friday11am - 12am
Saturday11am - 12am
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 234 MILES | 4 hr 19 min

Scottsdale to Bisbee, Arizona

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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