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PHX Report: Mary Coyle's


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PHX Report: Mary Coyle's

rramirez | Jun 16, 2006 01:39 AM

Tonight I was inspired to visit Mary Coyle's Old Fashioned Ice Cream by:

a) Some recent writings in the local paper about ice cream joints around town
b) Pregnancy {I joke that I should've named Kidlet #1 "Hot Fudge Sundae"}

I wanted to make a meal time adventure out of it. Husband had a schmancy dinner with clients, so it was just me and Kidlet for dinner. I've been visiting MC's for years, but only for ice cream. I've always noticed the food on the menu, but I usually never have time any of it. Tonight that all changed.

We got there about 6:30 and there were only a few open tables. The cute highschoolers that work there do it all: hostess, bus, wait, run the drive-thru, and handle the cash-n-carry orders. So we had to wait a few minutes before one of them freed up to seat us. I don't mind - as long as everyone is busy doing something else, I can wait to be seated.

Kidlet got the paper kiddie menu and a cup of crayons(BONUS POINTS!). I got a booster seat, but she said, "Mommy, I don't want da chair!" Excuse me, big girl! So we boothed it like two big girls. After perusing the kiddie menu, I chose the Hot Dog & Chips (.99) and a Chocolate Milk (1.25) for her. The other kid's offerings were a PB&J and Turkey Sandwich. All are .99. .99. .99. Parents, your kid can eat for $1!!!
MC's focuses on sandwiches, soups, and salads for the big kids. It's your basic soda fountain fare: Triple Decker, French Dip, Roast Turkey, Chili, Grilled Chicken Salad. What piqued my interest though was the BLT, which claims to have 12 slices of B. Traditionally the issue I have with BLT's is that they aren't substaintial. Tomatoes, Lettuce and a couple strips of Bacon. WOOPPEE!! But twelve slices of bacon should be taken seriously. I asked the waitress if the sandwich was really big and she said no. I wasn't really hungry so a big triple decker is not what I was looking for. I ordered the BLT on Wheatw/cole slaw side (6.95)and a Passion Fruit Iced Tea (1.95). I actually said to her, "It's only right I get it on white, but I think I'll go with wheat." I think I broke a BLT covenance, but I was prepared to deal with any consequences.

The food arrived about 15 minutes later. In that time Kidlet had actually made friends with the grandparent-types across the way. She's a ham. As long as she's not screaming, I'm ok with it.

The BLT was substantial as far as these sandwiches go. The B could've been cooked a bit crispier, but there was enough of it so that you knew it was there. I'm not a big mayo fan, and I forgot to ask that it be left off, but there was just the right amount of mayo for me. Just enough to moisten the bread. I was able to glop on all the mustard I wanted. The Cole Slaw was pretty much a throwaway - I didn't even try it.
The kiddie hot dog was basically half of a knockwurst sized frank on a bun, some chips and a pickle. Perfect for a two year old - I'm not sure how it would for a ten year old though. Did I mention it was .99?
We ate and had a good time.

Then it was time for dessert. I decided on the two scoop Hot Fudge Sundae. No whipped cream, no nuts. The more stuff on top, the bigger the mess, so we went basic. The ice cream is yummy. I'm not interested in the fat content, air ratio blah blah blah. I just know what I like when I taste it. The hot fudge was warm, and there was plenty of it - just like I like it.
Kidlet and I shared the really, we did. I forgot the price, but it was about $4.

The total bill was $14.15, not including tip.

Overall it was a nice mommy-daughter dinner. MC's is definitely kid friendly, the staff is nice, and all of the patrons seem to be cheery..who isn't happy eating ice cream?? It's such a Phoenix institution, and it's nice to see it crowded on a Thursday night. There were more than a few groups celebrating birthdays.

On the ride home I asked Kidlet, "Did you like your ice cream?" She replied, "mmmmmmm".



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