Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant has been around forever. I remember my parents bringing me here as a kid for Ice Cream after dinner. Now, I’ve never really been a big Ice Cream fan but every once in a while I’ll have the urge to eat some. My wife Marcela, on the other hand, is an “Ice Cream Deviant”. No ice cream is safe in our house.
My pal Jarce and I originally wanted to eat at the new Five Guys location that had just opened but when we drove by it was ridiculously packed. We were less than one block away from Swensen’s. It had been a while since I had me some Swensen’s.
As a matter of fact, Marcela and my obsession with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce can be attributed to Swensen’s. It was here that we fell in love with the Hot Sauce they were using. The waitress told us it was Frank’s Red Hot. We had never heard of it but now we can’t live without it (that’s a bit of a stretch).
Alright, getting back to the story at hand, Swensen’s now has some new Burgers on the menu. Jarce orders the BBQ Burger (he’s a big-time BBQ sauce ho) and I decided to try the Horseradish Burger. We also order their Appetizer Platter. One thing I’ve never understood about some restaurants and their “Appetizer Platters” is the weird quantities of food.
This platter had 4 Chicken Wings, 3 Mozzarella Sticks, 2 Chicken Tenders and 5 Onion Rings. I felt as if we were playing Fantasy Baseball, we’re trading items with each other. “Ok, I’ll eat the Onion Rings and you’ll have more Chicken Wings.” Everything on the platter was pretty standard stuff with the exception of the Wings. The Wings were nice, crispy and of course, they were served with Frank’s Red Hot. Jarce loved his BBQ Burger. It had a couple of Onion Rings, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and was topped with BBQ Sauce.
He was so in love with the BBQ Sauce that at one point he was using it as lip gloss (I was kidding, just in case someone believes that).
The Horseradish Burger had Monterey Jack Cheese &; Scallions. Their homemade Horseradish Sauce was a pleasant surprise. I’ve had Burgers here before and they didn’t taste like that. The Burger was better than an Ice Cream Parlor has any business serving. We didn’t make it to Dessert but then again, Marcela wasn’t with us this time.
Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
1586 S Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL