It’s June 20th! Summer has officially begun, according to the calendar. But in some places (Knoxville included) it began when the first convertibles went topless, and we started sweating at the half mile mark! So to keep your cool this week, Bert and I are making the ultimate summer sacrifice by visiting favorite places for cold, creamy, yummy treats in and around K-ville!
First up — Original Freezo in Knoxville’s Happy Holler!
We came here for nostalgia — after all, how many ice cream stands built in 1942 are still standing? (Bert and I both grew up in Louisiana, and our dads pulled up the family station wagons to these bastions of cool treats, lined up at the window –a manly, fatherly thing to do, you know — and ordered cones, shakes, and banana splits for the fam. Great memories!)
Well, the new owner, Darrell Dalton makes sure you can still get these goodies all summer long!
Joy, the pretty-smile girl who made our day, told me they whip up soft serve right on site in their Electro Freeze machine! (Does that name sound like something out of a Grade B science fiction movie, or what?!) Well, no matter. You can order fancy, schmancy treats like hot fudge cake, brain freezers and pineapple sundaes, but just give me the pure delight! Oh, OK. Dip it in chocolate if you like that hard shell coating on your frosty cone!
It’s just a fun, old-fashioned place — you can sit in the back of the parking lot at a picnic table or stay in your car! Doesn’t matter. You’re coolin’ off and smilin’ the rest of the day!
And, by the way, if anyone knows the name of that little Freezo Guy on the side of the building, let us know! He’s another reason we like lickin’ our soft serves and smilin’ back at the Original Freezo!
What’s to Like: Original Freezo
- Nostalgic old-fashioned drive-up ice cream stand
- Creamy, extra-tall swirls of soft serve in a cone
- Three flavors of dips for your soft serve: butterscotch, cherry, and chocolate
- Friendly service by happy people like Joy! (After all, it’s in Happy Holler!)
- No frills. Just come as you are. Order. And lick fast to catch the drips!
1305 N. Central Street
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Check back in the next few days — we’ve got more favorites to share with you!
And we’d love to hear from you: What’s YOUR favorite cold treat place???