Soft Serve Ice Cream @ Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company

Price: $3.79

When: February 7, 2016, 4:15 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company is a quick-service restaurant on the eastern edge of Paradise Pier. You’ll find it on the walkway that runs between the Cove Bar and California Screamin’.

Like most quick-service restaurants, Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company has a limited menu. Given their name, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that they serve ice-cream desserts: soft serve (in a cup or a cone), and a “boardwalk float.”

The line for Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company can be long, and, if the sun is high, pretty brutal (there’s no shade). The place is popular, I suspect, because so many people like the idea of strolling the Pier with ice cream in hand. My advice? Send the hardiest of your party to wait in line while everyone else finds shade.

We were ordering soft serve today. The choices are simple: regular or large; chocolate, vanilla, or swirl; cup or cone.

Regular, swirl, cone. Thanks.

I know some people hate on soft serve, but I’m not one of them. This is quite good. Many soft serve places can have a chemical taste, or a gritty undertone (this is especially true of frozen yogurt), but the flavors here are simple and mild. The vanilla was straightforward and not overpowering. The chocolate tasted like chocolate milk. And the consistency of the ice cream was perfect – smooth, and very easy to eat.

The cone itself is nothing special; it’s a standard store-bought cone. Which is OK in this context.

Overall, this dish is refreshing and nice: a very pleasant, portable indulgence, easy to enjoy while walking around DCA. It’s not fancy, but it doesn’t need to be. Recommended.