Taggarts Ice Cream

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

Here is one of the world’s great hot fudge sundaes. The hot fudge itself is the consistency of chocolate syrup, not too thick; nor is it intensely sweet. Bittersweet is the descriptor that comes to mind, but there is nothing bitter about this sophisticated super-fudgy warm sauce that is ice cream’s best friend. You’ll get a bright red maraschino cherry nestled in the whipped cream crown, but the real cherry atop this soda fountain marvel is its spill of pecan halves. They are roasted to a crisp, which brings out their buttery richness, and they are salted with enough brio to provide an ideal savory halo for the fudge and ice cream. The only possible improvement on the package is to make it a turtle sundae, which adds caramel sauce.

Great as the sundaes are, the signature concoction of Taggarts’ fountain is something else, known as a Bittner. Invented in the 1930s when a customer dared the staff to make a milk shake so thick that a spoon would stand upright in it, the Bittner is 3/4 of a pound of vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate syrup and heaped with those good roasted pecans.

Beyond sundaes, shakes, malts, floats, sodas, coolers and ice cream pies, Taggarts offers a full menu of sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, soups and salads. We have tried a grilled cheese sandwich, which is swell, and a charmingly retro olive-nut-cream cheese on toasted rye. If we lived nearby, we’d no doubt eat sandwiches here all the time. But Taggarts’ ice cream concoctions steal the show.

It’s a supremely charming place, dating back to 1926 (the old wooden booths are original).

What to Eat
Taggarts Ice Cream, Olive Nut Sandwich
Olive Nut Sandwich
Olive nut sandwich. 'Back by popular demand!' crows the menu.
Taggarts Ice Cream, Turtle Sundae
Turtle Sundae
Magnificent turtle sundae
Taggarts Ice Cream, Bittner
The Bittner Special: ice cream and chocolate sauce swirled together and topped with roasted pecans.
Taggarts Ice Cream, Old Fashioned Banana Split
Old Fashioned Banana Split
Taggarts' banana split: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream with pineapple, chocolate and cherry toppings
Taggarts Ice Cream, Ice Cream Soda
Ice Cream Soda
Soda is served frothy and overflowing.
Taggarts Ice Cream, Hot Fudge Sundae
Hot Fudge Sundae
I took so long getting photos of the hot fudge sundae that the whipped cream and cherries slid away.
Taggarts Ice Cream, Ice Cream
Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip atop peanut butter fudge
Taggarts Ice Cream, Turtle Pie
Turtle Pie
Turtle pie: all the elements of a turtle sundae in pie form.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 10pm
Monday11am - 10pm
Tuesday11am - 10pm
Wednesday11am - 10pm
Thursday11am - 10pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday11am - 10pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 63 MILES | 1 hr 16 min

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

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