You know how there are some nights you just need a treat? You aren’t sure where to go and everyone wants something different. Somebody wants ice cream, another person wants a brownie, and somebody wants a soda. Well, now there is a place where you can fi nd a treat for everyone’s tastes. Eli’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Shop is a charming little dessert café located in in a historic building in downtown Payson. I am not kidding about the charming, either. We are talking exposed brick walls, an old bank vault and a vintage soda fountain.
Eli’s has something for everyone’s cravings. If it is a cold rainy day (like when I went), you can choose to get some rich, delicious hot cocoa made from scratch, fresh ground coffee or a steamer. Steamers are one of my favorite hot drinks on the planet. They take milk, add your favorite flavor (I had coconut) and steam it until it is frothy and rich. Then they top it off with whipped cream. While I was drinking it, I felt like I was being wrapped up in a warm blanket. Nothing can beat sipping a rich, creamy steamer. I paired my steamer with an apple turnover (a crowd favorite). It was light as air with a crispy outside and filled with delicious cinnamon apple filling. It was a delectable treat and perfect for a cold stormy night.
For the warm summer days, I would recommend a hand-squeezed lemonade with just the right amount of tarty citrus flavor to be absolutely refreshing. Or, if you feel the need for ice cream, indulge in a banana split or ice cream cone. Eli’s serves Red Barn ice cream (creamy, rich, delicious, REAL ice cream). They also make shakes and malts.
One of my favorite things about Eli’s is the unique soda fountain drinks. They offer a whole list of old-fashioned drinks like lime phosphate, orange cream, egg cream, root beer float, red cream and more. The name of the lime phosphate grabbed my attention and I knew I had to try it (How could I resist?). The lime phosphate has fresh-squeezed lime juice, lime sherbet, vanilla ice cream and Sprite. It has a bright citrus flavor that is basically the definition of refreshing
In addition to the old-fashioned soda drinks, they also offer Italian sodas. Think creamy soda deliciousness. They have a drink for ANY mood and taste. And they have some pretty great pebble ice for you ice connoisseurs out there.
Back to the bakery items. The mint brownie was decadent deliciousness. The brownie was moist and delectable with mint frosting that was the perfect amount of minty creaminess. Eli’s also has a variety of pies including cherry, apple, banana cream and coconut cream. They have some pretty amazing sweet breads like banana nut bread and blueberry bread that you can buy by the slice. I had a slice of the lemon raspberry bread and it was sweet and moist with just the right amount of citrus. And don’t get me started on the cookies. Let’s just say whatever you order will be tasty.
One of my favorite things about Eli’s is the people who work there. Danielle greeted us warmly and was genuinely excited to help me find something that I would enjoy.
So, the next time you are looking for a fun place to go get a treat, head on over to Eli’s. Eli’s is located at 7 S. Main in Payson. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.