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Best Ice Cream Parlor

Sylvan Beach Café

7 W. Preston St., (410) 685-5752

Posted 9/15/1999

Sylvan Beach Café offers a guilt-free ice cream experience. It's not that the ice cream is low in fat--as best we can tell, it's incredibly rich and bad for you--but the store is run by a nonprofit foundation that trains and educates high school dropouts. The employees live above the store, work on their GEDs, attend educational and cultural events around town, and, when time permits, sell ice cream. The Sylvan Beach folks make their own ice cream in huge machines housed in the building's basement, churning out a whole list of standards--vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan--as well as fly-by-night flavors such as mint Oreo and peanut-butter cup. The smooth flavors are incredibly creamy, while the chunky varieties are chock-full of candy, fruit, and cookies. Despite nearly daily visits to the café, we haven't tasted a mistake yet. Everything is rich and delicious, from the oversized hot-fudge sundae to the unadorned waffle cone.

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Other Awards for Best Ice Cream Parlor:

North Pole Ice Cream (serving Moxley’s Ice Cream), 9/22/2004

North Pole Ice Cream (serving Moxley’s Ice Cream), 9/22/2004

Sylvan Beach Café, 9/17/2003

Sylvan Beach Café, 9/18/2002

Need Ice Cream, 9/19/2001

Sylvan Beach Café, 9/13/2000

Nardi's, 9/17/1997

All Awards for Sylvan Beach Café:

Best Place to Get Ice Cream, 9/20/2006

Best Ice Cream Parlor, 9/17/2003

Best Ice Cream Parlor, 9/18/2002

Best Ice Cream Parlor, 9/13/2000

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