Cue heavenly sounding boys choir. (Halleluja…)
Loard’s is an Establishment as far as I’m concerned. Capital “E” and everything. The decorations are from a decade when my parents roamed the play yards (and I mean that they were children, not just really creepy adults) – pink and white stripes installed with enough vigor and enthusiasm to last a century. And boy do I hope it does.
I have frequented this shop pretty much since I was a kid but became especially attached after obtaining my driver’s license and being miraculously allowed to chauffeur myself down for a sundae anytime I darn well pleased.
Pink stripes aside, Loard’s ice cream is legendary. It is deliciously creamy and the choice of flavors is unrivaled (that is, I think there are more than 31 flavors, right?). There’s a menu filled with fabulous concoctions to get you started on choosing your after-dinner (or pre-dinner, after-lunch, first thing in the morning…) delicacy , but anyone working there is happy to substitute butterbrickle ice cream for vanilla, add extra caramel or hold the whipped cream (though I’m not sure why you’d want to).
As long as I’ve been frequenting Loard’s, I’ve experienced superb ice cream, exceptional hot fudge, professionally constructed desserts, friendly service, and reasonable prices (although it isn’t cheap, but that’s because it’s so good!). I bring friends, family, visitors, strangers…anyone who wants dessert, I always know where to point them. And supposedly, as the back of the menu informs me, there are many other Loard’s locations around the bay – San Leandro, Oakland, Alameda, Livermore, Danville, and Alamo to name a few – though I’ve never been to or even seen these other stores. But, I have faith that Loard’s tells no lies, so I will believe them that the stores are where they say and that they are equally as yumalicious.
Writing this is giving me quite a hankering for some frozen delights – see you at Loard’s!