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LuckyTiger
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Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
I remember going to one as a child and it was always packed and loud. Then, as I entered adolescence, the place just became dead and closed soon thereafter.

I remember the Earthquake which was like a sundae with six scoops of ice cream. Whenever one was ordered they would flip the lights on and off and everyone would yell EARTHQUAKE and bang on pots and pans as it was brought to the table.

They also served their ice cream with thin crispy wafer cookies, had a good fudge brownie ice cream cake, and made huge hamburgers and sandwiches served with a pickle spear and long toothpick with ribbon tie.

I haven’t seen one in forever. Looked them up and at one time they had 400 stores. Now they have two: the original in San Francisco and one in Miami.


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jbgleason
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Member since Mar 2012
10535 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Yes. Do you remember A&W Drive Inn's where they would bring you real root beer floats in a real frozen glass mug and hang the tray off your car window? Because that place made Swensen's seem like amateur hour.


Kjun Tiger
LSU Fan
The Woodlands, TX
Member since Dec 2014
1192 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
There are still 3 in the US.

San Francisco CA
Midland TX
Coral Gables FL

Swensen's


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Sao
SMU Fan
University Park, TX
Member since Jun 2009
36054 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?

I do and it was a neat place. There was one in Longview and to the other point, Texarkana had an A&W in the 70's. A&W was awesome.


Rebel
Memphis Fan
Graceland
Member since Jan 2005
103135 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
We had one in Memphis when I was kid. There was an ice skating rink next to it. So it was always a treat to go to.


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BRgetthenet
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
We used to hit the one in Metairie every Friday night.

They were packed. My dad used to get the Sunday in that awesome glass, with all the chocolate evenly distributed everywhere. It was sad when the cookies were gone. You were stuck with just ice cream, chocolate, whipped cream, and the cherry with no method of delivery other than the spoon.


SECdragonmaster
Auburn Fan
Newest member of team Bunchie!
Member since Dec 2013
7341 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Yes.

Loved their ice cream!


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prplhze2000
LSU Fan
Parts Unknown
Member since Jan 2007
40461 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Yes. Good times.


Sao
SMU Fan
University Park, TX
Member since Jun 2009
36054 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?

I most remember their bubble gum ice cream. Would get a scoop on a sugar cone... those things would chip a tooth.


Big Lesticles
LSU Fan
Hammond
Member since Sep 2015
558 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Yep, a bunch of my friends worked there


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GetBackToWork
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2007
3612 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
I'd much prefer going to a place like Swenson's or Farrell's back in the day than all the lousy slab joints that proliferated over the past 20 years. They have limited flavors and menu, save for the toppings to add in. Haagen Daaz stores are hard to find now, too.

Kids today will never know an ice cream soda or sherbet freeze. Even baskin robbins scaled their menu way back. For all the fatties, ice cream joints aren't as good anymore.


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LuckyTiger
Minnesota Fan
Someone's Alter
Member since Dec 2008
9465 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
quote:

Do you remember A&W Drive Inn's where they would bring you real root beer floats in a real frozen glass mug and hang the tray off your car window?

No but my dad does and he says the same as you: frozen mug floats were so good.


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Walking the Earth
Member since Feb 2013
14679 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Used to have a Swensen's in the LSU Union back in the day.



PiscesTiger
Iowa State Fan
Concrete, WA
Member since Feb 2004
39232 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Damn man. Almost brings me to tears. What a place it was!


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JackieTreehorn
USA Fan
Member since Sep 2013
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re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Swensen’s was the best. Great memories going there as a kid.


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Eightballjacket
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2016
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re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
I always associate that style of light with Swensons.


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chinese58
LSU Fan
NELA. after 30 years in Dallas.
Member since Jun 2004
21933 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Used to be one on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, in the same strip center where Mariano's was. I went there in the 80's.


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deltaland
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Mar 2011
42666 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
quote:

A&W Drive Inn'


They tried to make a comeback few years ago. They built one along with a long john silvers in Greenville about 7 years ago. It lasted maybe 2 years. The food was awful


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The Truth 34
LSU Fan
Death Valley
Member since May 2010
34639 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
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We used to hit the one in Metairie every Friday night.


that's the one I used to go to as well. loved that place.


Yat27
New Orleans Saints Fan
Austin
Member since Nov 2010
6127 posts

re: Anyone Remember Swensen’s Ice Cream/Restaurants?
Chocolate amaretto cheesecake ice cream...


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