Happy National Sundae Day! Celebrate by stopping by and grabbing one of our favorite sundaes in the Twin Cities. No need to feel guilty -- it's a national holiday after all.
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5. Peanut Butter Oreo Sundae at Lynden's Soda Fountain
Stepping into Lynden's in St. Paul is like a step back in time. The true soda fountain style is reminiscent of the mid-1900s, complete with bar seating and old-fashioned dishware, but with a modern twist (they've got wifi). Lynden's has many sundaes, sodas, and candies, but the Peanut Butter Oreo variety came highly recommended. The glass is layered with peanut butter and the chocolate cookie, filled with any flavor of ice cream, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and, of course, a cherry. Rich, but not too filling and just the right size, this sundae is perfect for anyone with a sweet craving. Lynden's is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and closed Mondays.
4. Local Cherry Sundae at Pumphouse Creamery
This one comes in at under $4 for a one-scoop sundae and comes with chocolate (milk or dark) ice cream, local cherries in a sauce, and is topped with whipped cream. Pumphouse in Minneapolis prides itself on sourcing natural and organic ingredients through local farmers to create their award-winning ice creams. The inside itself is fairly small with only one table and four chairs for lingering customers. We were told much of the business comes from foot traffic -- those stopping in for a quick cone while on a walk or out shopping in the area. Pumphouse is open daily from 12 to 9 p.m.
Both in St. Paul and now Minneapolis, Izzy's Ice Cream has the best brownie sundae hands down. A dish filled with a large brownie, choice of ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream (their own homemade recipe) and a cherry topper easily makes this a meal for two (or three) and costs about $7. Izzy's is spacious with plenty of seating and privacy. It's a great meeting spot for students or those looking for an afternoon treat.
Izzy's Minneapolis is open Sunday through Thursday from 12 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 10:30 p.m.
Izzy's St. Paul is open Sunday through Thursday from 12 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 10 p.m.
2. The Hot Fudge Sundae at Annie's Parlour
This Dinkytown hot fudge sundae couldn't be a better way to celebrate National Sundae Day. The small size and price tag ($4) is more than enough for one person and boasts some of the best homemade hot fudge in Minnesota, served over vanilla ice cream. Although Annie's is in the heart of the U of M campus, it's not just a student hangout. Yes, students enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, burgers, and ice cream, but you'll find people from all over the cities in Annie's. It's a place to meet with friends, or grab a quick family dinner.
1. The Caramel Apple Sundae at Adele's Custard
Excelsior may be a bit of a drive, but Adele's homemade custard sundaes are well worth every mile. Their Caramel Apple Sundae, made with vanilla, caramel and fresh apples, has just the right blend of sweet and sour. The small house turned ice cream shop is located near Lake Minnetonka. Adele's has minimal seating inside but plenty of spots in their gardens outside and is just a walk's distance to the lake and downtown Excelsior. November hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but hurry -- Adele's closes for the winter!