I work in DT Charleston and found this place by accident. Have been back a couple of times because the selection of flavors & toppings is phenomenal and I like that it's self-serve.
When was the last time you had a crinkle cut French fry? No, seriously. This is just one of the many surprises that we stumbled upon at the Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Café in Mt. Pleasant this past weekend.
With limited time for lunch we turned into the parking lot of this restaurant and I have to say that overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Although I’ve driven by it several times, I had ventured inside. In the area since 1972 it’s been voted the place for the “Best Ice Cream” by many publications for several years.
Take a step back in time when you enter and are quickly greeted by a few high school kids working as servers. A long counter welcomes you and to your right there is an ice cream oasis of 36 flavors! We couldn’t decide if we wanted ice cream as our entrée, but we knew it was in our future.
For a small sandwich café the menu is extensive. There are 24+ sandwiches, many choices of burgers and hot dogs, salads, soups and ice cream treats. There is also a “specials” section that pairs an item with various things on the menu. This is where we made our selections for lunch.
My husband ordered the “World Famous BLT” that claimed to be made with 10 slices of bacon. It was also to be served with a large scoop of potato salad, two scoops of ice cream and a fountain beverage. I chose a cheeseburger served with fries and a fountain beverage. Both items were $7.89 and we felt like we got a bargain.
Although the café was busy our lunch was served in six minutes. My burger and the BLT were both a large portion and served very hot. Within a few minutes of tasting our lunch the crinkle cut French fries arrived. As I began to watch other patrons receive their meals they were served in the same fashion. Once things are ready – out they come.
I thought about this for a minute and wondered if it would be better if everything was delivered at once. That would have meant that something had to “wait” for the fries to be cooked and honestly, the fries were out in a blink of an eye and almost too hot to eat. I concluded that it’s a service system that’s not broken and doesn’t need fixing.
My burger was not a “gourmet” burger by any stretch of the imagination, but it was good and actually too large to finish. The same held true for the fries that we ended up splitting. The potato salad was something I would not recommend. If I’m not mistaken the salad was very similar to the processed variety that you would find in the deli of a grocery store. Hardly memorable.
The BLT got rave reviews. Served on white toast (how else would you order it?), the bacon was crisp, tasty and more than abundant. It reminded me of something my dad would have made for me when I ran home for lunch in grammar school. Nothing fancy, just good. And then it was time for dessert.
There’s something about an ice cream shop that brings out the little kid in everyone. When it was time to order the ice cream that was included in my husband’s meal the manager (who was clearing our plates) said, “Just go up to the counter and pick what you want.” With wide eyes my husband studied the varieties and slowly, but surely landed on one scoop of southern peach and one of blueberry cheesecake. We took these to go and I had to just about arm wrestle him for a taste.
All in our bill for lunch was just under $17.00 before leaving a tip. We definitely felt like we go a lot for our money and are looking forward to returning – especially for the ice cream. It was easy to see why it’s been voted the “best” for so many years.
Needs more exhaust fans.
I'd definitely go here for ice cream. Not so much for food as the food disappointed.
Who ever marked this with one dollar sign has lost their marbles. $2.75 for a baby size portion... It tastes o.k. but not worth emptying out your pockets when trying to cool off the whole family. Instead, hit the italian ice girl right down sidewalk. At least she gives you enough to get a brain freeze.
Totally fixed contest in the Charleston City Paper. Yobe of West Ashley? Are you serious? Laughable! Ha, ha, ha!
Crazy prices for ordinary prefab icecream. gcfinest is right!
I was looking forward to going to Paolo's after hearing so much about it. When my Fiance and I arrived, we waited in line patiently behind about 6 other people. When it was our turn to order, I told the female employee that I would like to try all six flavors. She stated she would not let me try all six. I then requested each flavor one at a time. She put two flavors of Gelato on one tasting spoon for my Fiance and I to share. I ended up purchasing some Gelato, but I wish I didn't. The customer service there was outrageous. The employee was nasty and mean. The Gelato was great, but I wish I would have spent my money elsewhere after the way we were treated. Paolo, you make great Gelato, but you should rethink who you hire to represent your business.
Suesig: How much did you get paid by Ye Olde for writing that review?
This business has been open for a long time. It's not in a tourist area. You can say whatever, but to say locals avoid it is definitely incorrect.
Hey, Los Saturn, I don't know if you are in the same Charleston as I am, but locals use this place quite frequently. You must have had a bad experience, but please don't say things about the place that are just not true. Best food in Charleston? No. But for what they have, it tastes good, has large portions, and has been around probably longer than you have been alive. Hymans, however, is definitely one to avoid if you live around here. But the lines that form along Meeting St. are those that any restaurant owner would love!
Do not be fooled...this is a place locals avoid at all costs - just like Hyman's Seafood and The Wreck!
What is going on with CCP's rating average too? A single, one start review and that is a 3.1 average? I have seen it over and over, wtf?
Does seem a little fishy.
Unfortunately, Sweet Ce-Ce's is around the corner from my office. I say unfortunately simply because it is almost a borderline addiction. Especially on Tuesdays when I get Double Points on my Sweet Rewards card!The flavors are amazing, non fat gluten free and many non sugar added as well. I like that I can check daily flavors on their facebook page too. The yogurt does not have a strong 'tang' taste to it - more like a custard, actually. The toppings are insane - I mean fresh chunks of cheesecake, Captain Crunch Cereal, Chocolate Covered Almonds...just gonzo stuff! The Pumpkin yogurt with the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is like having your own cup of pumpkin pie. And the Charleston Chocolate...it is so good it's naughty!
Great Icream !
In response to TellItLikeItIsLiz. Paolo´s makes great gelato, but they make it quite clear that you are limited to 1 sample. Most food and beverage places do NOT let people sample anything on the menu. Why would you possibly need to sample every flavor of gelato before getting a cup. Furthermore, if you get a cup, then you can put 4 different flavors in it. With 2 people and 2 cups that´s all of Paolo´s selection in the case. Also, they don´t sell the same flavors every night so you just need to relax a little bit and enjoy a gelato.
In a word, Paolo's Gelato is substandard. How I long for the days when Charleston's Best Gelato could be found in a small, unassuming shop on George Street...
awesome gelato! the real deal is here. the flavors are made on premises everyday and the owner is a real Italian from Venice.
I stopped to use the ATM machine and they wouldn't let me unless i purchased something. They need to take down the ATM sign. I won't go back.
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