Thursday, August 10, 2006

blatant, yet uncompensated, advertising

Just wanted to sneak this in before the summer ends... Anyone even near the Strip District or Lawrenceville on a hot summer day (or evening) really ought to visit Klavon's Authentic 1920's Ice Cream Parlor on the corner of 28th and Penn. You will not regret it.

but here is a trivia question that, as best I can tell, even Google will not help answer. Who remembers Mierzwa's?


Blogger Amos_thePokerCat said...

Klavon's is cool if you are looking for that 20's drug store nostalgic ambiance, but they scoop Reinhold's ice cream which I view as pretty generic. Certainly not a super premium ice cream.

Dave and Andy's really is PIT only local ice cream place. They have been definately scooping what they make for the last 20 years or so. Our answer to VT's Ben & Jerry's, or Toscanini's, and Herrell's in Boston. Joe Zeppi's Frozen Treats on Mt Royal in Shaler is the real deal for authentic gelato, and ice. They have been around for only a couple of years. The baklava gelato is ... interesting ... with little bits of phyllo dough.

Given that Sebak's Ice Cream show was one of his first films, you would think that PIT would be over run with quirkly local ice cream places, but we're not. Rita's is out of Bensalem, north east of Phily, but not quite Trenton. (That they call soft serve with ice, gelati, really irks me. Too close to the word gelato, not at all close to the taste.) Handell's is out of Youngstown. Bruster's is a Handell's clone (literally) out of Bridgeville.

The custard class has to go to CLE. East Coast Custard, Strickland's, Honey Hut, and Valerio's La Gelateria.

My favorite: Jeni's in Columbus. Oringally she started Scream. Most outragious flavors: Influenza Sorbet (fresh lemon juice, whiskey, and honey), Candied Fennel, Cocoa Zinfindel, Curried Cream,

Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger Amos_thePokerCat said...

Oh, and Kerber's Dairy in North Huningdon. Pretty standard flavors, but made there. Goats for the kids.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Amos.. quite the foodie... There clearly is a summertime column in that for the PG or Trib.. a tour around Pittsburgh ice cream establishment. You could write about a different establishment each week.

ok.. well, here is another incentive to go to Klavons.. you will often see my mother there. She is the 'other' martha... Other becasue the owners mother is also Martha.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger Amos_thePokerCat said...

Yes, I am. I find learning about local popular, and cult food to be a tasty and entertaining way to learn about the various cities I have programming gigs in, or drive thru.

It is also one source of my gripping about PIT. Did you know there is not one single review of a PIT area restaurant in Zagat's? CLE(28), COL(34), and PHI(433).

Another Klavon's mini-factoid. I tivo-ed an overnight rebroadcast of Sebak's 1996 "Strip Show". It showed a guided tour of Klavon's, then only a 20 year vacant drug store. Only in PIT would a family keep, and maintain an empty building (paying the property taxes too) for 20 years, on the off chance of the neighborhood comming back.

We may not be very entrepreneurial, vis-à-vis Silicon Valley, but we are stubborn.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

some would consider stubborn and entrepreneurial as synonyms.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Amos_thePokerCat said...

Excellent. I have noticed that too, as well as other less flattering adjectives, or attributes.

That begs the off topic quesiton, what is the ingredient that is missing here? Especially, at the local restuarant level. There seem to be fewer here than in other similiarly sized cities. Starting a restaurant doesn't require any of the missing VC money, and lawyers needed for that high flying internet boom-to-bubble get rich quick company/scheme would. Dare I mention foreign born immigrants without raising the spector of RF?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 2:10:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

My grandfather was indeed one of those immigrant Greek restaurant owners.. I honestly do not have an answer for the question, nor even a basis to judge the premise. I stipulate the Zagats factoid, but am not sure what it means. It's a decent question though. I tell you what, hold off and I will make it a post of its own later this week.. either here or on Mike's blog .. better there given his larger readership I suppose. I will also just check some basic stats on restaurants. I suspect there are not fewer restaurants here per se, that would be odd.. but that is only incidential to the question you raise. maybe someone out there has an answer.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 6:03:00 PM  

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