Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Ivanhoe's in Upland, IN
When we started our old fashioned ice cream shoppe series, Kevin told us about Ivanhoe's in Upland, IN. How many thousands (literally, THOUSANDS) of times have we passed Exit 59 on I-69 and had no idea that this place was just a little bit off of the Interstate? Thanks to our informed reader, we knew enough to make the stop on a recent weekend. We spotted their cute sign (while it says "drive in" you park and go inside) and the incredibly packed parking lot. It seemed that if you are a resident of Grant County you either work at Ivanhoe's or you were there. There isn't a wait staff so you either head to the ice cream line or the meal line. We started in the meal line and ordered the "full" sized Chef Salad and the Breaded Tenderloin. We then luckily found a table and waited for our name to be called so we could pick up our order. The tenderloin was tasty and everything that it should be and the full sized salad was very filling and had a generous amount of ham. Once we had the meal out of the way, we were able to focus on the real star- dessert! We headed to the ice cream line and made the difficult decision of which sundae to have. Ivanhoe's has 100 different sundae combinations and 100 shake combinations. It can be quite overwhelming. We decided to share #49- the IWU Wildcat One sundae. What evil genius thought of this? It is hand dipped chocolate ice cream, chopped Kit Kat, pretzels, hot fudge & peanut butter. What more is there to say? If you are a fan of the peanut butter/chocolate combo and the salty/sweet combo, this is for you. It was ridiculously good. We found that the regular size was plenty enough for both of us to share too. Of course, you might not want to share.
One last note about Ivanhoe's. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that they have a Blogger page. If you know an independent restauranteur, tell them that this is a great option for having a web presence if they don't want to pay for and maintain a website. We like having somewhere on the Internet to go to get the facts about a restaurant before we go there. We like to know their hours and, ideally, we like to see the menu beforehand so we can get excited about what we will order. Plus, with hundreds of sundae and shake options, you need time to look at the menu beforehand.