Happy Free Cone Day, everyone.
For most college students, any free food is a great thing … but today, Tuesday, April 8, is kind of a big deal for us (at least for me, anyway). It’s the anniversary of the founding of Ben & Jerry’s, which is celebrated at nearly every location with free ice cream cones between noon and 8 p.m.
Given the circumstances, I felt today would be a great time to put out my newest list of Brown Street eatery reviews. This time, of course, it’s the sweets list.
Just remember, I’m not an expert “foodie” by any means. These are my own views, not those of University communications or the University as a whole.
Ben & Jerry’s
What’s not to love about this place? A campus favorite, Ben & Jerry’s is located at 1934 Brown Street and operates year-round. The old school look of the checkerboard tiled floor gives a 1980s vibe, but the menu is timeless. With over 500 locations, Ben & Jerry’s is a major franchise with a hometown feel. Not to mention, the Brown Street location is one of just two true B&J stores in the entire state.
Personal Pick: Chocolate in sugar cone
While its Brown Street counterpart procures the classic “hard” ice cream style, Coldstone uses a softer, creamier concoction to “woo” customers. Generally, the workers are polite and fast with orders, but its location can also create volume problems. Surrounded by places like Dewey’s and Panera and other popular eateries, the 135 Jasper Street store is a popular stop on the way home.
Personal Pick: Founder’s Favorite (Sweet Cream ice cream with pecans, brownie, fudge and caramel)
These smoothies are as large as they are delicious. We aren’t in New York City, so there’s no size limits in effect, as I discovered upon ordering a medium smoothie. Weighing in at 32 ounces, it was phenomenal, but ultimately far too much to handle. That said, the fruit is fresh cut and blended on the spot, rather than pre-mixed. Planet Smoothie is Brown Street’s only true location, and it’s certainly worth the trip.
Personal Pick: Twigs & Berries (Strawberries, bananas and yogurt)
The only location on this list with a drive-thru, Saxby’s is an easily appreciated alternative to Starbucks. As someone who doesn’t drink coffee on a regular basis, it’s tough for me to say how the two differ in taste — I can’t tell the difference. But the Oakwood Avenue storefront, located in the new strip area across from Ben & Jerry’s, has cheerful workers and nice, open lounging areas.
Personal Pick: Hot Chocolate
Located at 1134 Brown St., Starbucks has a solid following within the UD community.. The product is good, as one would expect, and the hours — 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. — aren’t bad. It’s a small location compared to others in the area, but it’s still Starbucks. Most of the coffee cups being held by those walking across campus seem to have the Starbucks logo on them. There’s also some good dessert items, like cookies, at the UD location.
Personal Pick: Pumpkin Spiced Latte
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