Me: Oh, look! Is that that little hole in the wall bar where we went with the neighbors?
Him: Uh, I don’t really remember where that bar was – *accelerates*
Me: *attempting to take photo* Was it really necessary to go that fast?!
Him: I thought you said 19th street – we needed to get around that bus.
Me: Hun, we have 3 blocks to go, I think we can get around a bus.
Cricket creamery is located smack dab in the middle of 19th street, next to an antiques store where I picked up an amazing 1960s era cookbook. The cafe is filled with nick-nacks and quirky furniture and signs. One gelato I tasted was a honey-lavendar flavor; unique, and delicious, though the honey was a bit overkill. The service left a smidge to be desired; no tasting to your heart’s content here, and the mix-ins looked rather sad and unfortunate, unlike the fresh jars of mix-ins at Amy’s, obviously constantly replenished by the constant mixing at the cold table. I should have taken pictures of the scones and other baked goods by the counter, though, as they were astoundingly beautiful. I was unnerved by the standoffish counter service, so no pictures of gorgeous baked goods for you.
The Food Critic got chocolate, the only flavor of ice cream he ever gets, with sprinkles, the only topping or mix in he ever gets. The verdict: Good, fine. A little crystally, but that’s why he prefers custard anyway. The Food Critic’s favorite ice cream place is G’s Frozen Custard in Topeka, Kansas. That’s why we call him the Food Critic. (However, let’s be honest, as I type this, he’s digging into a big bowl of Dryer’s. Hey, it’s all about bang for the buck).
I had the blackberry gelato, which seemed a very popular flavor. I like Cricket for the unusual flavors; the fresh taste of the ingredients really shine through unlike some of the other gelato places I have been to that make “fresh” gelato. Still, with the negligent service, and rather high prices (a norm for the area) I probably won’t be making a special trip back, although I’ll be happy to stop by when I’m in the area for another Heights event.