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 like this place only for its name. But that is just a manifestation of the unrepentant classicism that makes the Sugar Bowl such a treasure. 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
Shakes and malts are extra luscious when the inside of the glass is coated with chocolate.
Sugar Bowl, Camelback soda
Camelback soda
Sodas are served with an extra little glass of seltzer water.
Sugar Bowl, Tin Roof Sundae
Tin Roof Sundae
Tin Roof sundae: vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and redskin Spanish peanuts.
Sugar Bowl, Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad
Fruit salad 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
Turkey salad sandwich is made from a real roasted bird. You can get sliced turkey, too.
Sugar Bowl, Jell-O
There is no reason anyone should come to the Sugar Bowl for Jell-O instead of ice cream, but we appreciate seeing the jiggly stuff on a menu.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 10pm
Monday11am - 10pm
Tuesday11am - 10pm
Wednesday11am - 10pm
Thursday11am - 10pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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