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A great place in Sacramento: Gunther's Ice Cream

beanbag | Jun 6, 200504:22 PM     4

On a hot night last week, we cooled off with ice cream from this great old-time ice cream parlor near Land Park. It's a tiny place (maybe 4 bench-style tables inside, and a few tables outside) straight out of the 1950s. They make their own ice creams (fairly traditional flavors but a few trendier ones like green tea) and they also have a nice assortment of other treats such as fruit freezes, chocolate-covered cherries and homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches. We shared a medium sundae with oreo ice cream and mint chip ice cream, hot fudge, nuts... the Oreo was especially good, very chunky.

I'm very curious about the fruit freezes and the unique items in that frozen dessert case. Has anyone tried them?

My only complaint about the place was the limited seating. I called ahead and was told there was a half-hour wait for ice cream, but when we arrived around 9:15pm there were only a few people in line ahead of us. We did somehow manage to get a table, but I can imagine that in the early evening, the place gets mobbed.

Gunther's is an absolutely wonderful, nostalgic place to go, and a real taste of what Sacramento must have been like in the good 'ol days.

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