Head­over­toEli’s:Your sweet­tooth­willthankyou

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING GROWTH - By Amy Baird

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.

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