Monday, January 20, 2014
Zaharokos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Columbus, IN
Over the next century Zaharokos became a family tradition. People stopped by for all sorts of confectionery delights. Sodas, Sundaes, and smiles were always on the menu and the friendly staff had people coming back for generations. Sadly, in 2006 Zaharakos had to close.
Thankfully Tony Moravec, a Columbus business man, wasn't about to let a piece of Columbus history vanish. He purchased and restored the property. He didn't want to remodel the ice cream parlor, he wanted to preserve the historical look and feel that people remembered. He nailed it! Walking into Zaharakos is like walking in to the past.
Tiffany lamps, original restored fixtures, giant marble slab counter top and stained wood throughout makes you feel like you are stepping into the 1900's. Make sure to take a look at the museum of antique soda fountains and the crown jewel of the museum is the Welt Orchestration, a self-playing pipe organ that provides the rich sound of a full orchestra complete with bass and snare drums, triangle, and cymbals!
My husband gorged himself on the GOM sandwich, a mouthwatering twist on a sloppy joe, perfectly spiced meat grilled on white bread, add cheese for a sandwich that will literally melt in your mouth and leave you messy and satisfied.
2 of my kids had the Classic "Dinner-Style" Burger. I stole a bite from each of theirs, for research purposes of course, and it was good, not quite the taste explosion that my husband and I ordered but it could definitely hold it's own.
The littles were less than adventurous and ordered mac and cheese. Again for research purposes only, I had a little of their mac and cheese. I loved it! This isn't the boxed, processed mac and cheese found in so many chain restaurants, this was real mac and cheese, the kind my grandma used to make. Nothing is a good as my grandma's mac and cheese, but this is a close second. The kids ate every bite and asked for more.
We ordered a couple scoops of ice cream for the littles and myself. The portions are huge! A "scoop" fills up an entire ice cream dish. The big kids decided to go big and get the Big "Z"! This monstrosity is 5 scoops of any flavor ice cream you want, covered in any 3 toppings that you want and of course topped with whipped cream and cherries!