These dessert shops take the cake
ness for decades and moved to bigger digs earlier this year to open an old-fashioned soda fountain and luncheonette. Pharmacist T.J. Dildine took over the drug store from his father, Thomas Sr., a few years ago and wife Rhyan Dildine runs the fountain. Rhyan practiced family law for a decade and says she would rather serve ice-cream treats to smiling kids and families than navigate ugly divorces.
“The old courthouse saying is people are on their best behavior in criminal court and at their worst in family court,” Rhyan says. “This is so much more fun.”
The concept is old-fashioned, but the art deco design is sleek and modern, with wooden stools along the counter and Detroit brick on the walls. Besides traditional egg creams (made with Fox’s U-bet chocolate syrup), shakes and sundaes (made with Haagen-Dazs), there are housemade fruit syrups used to make blueberry egg creams (creamy and fruity) and orange Creamsicle floats. Perhaps my favorite item was the King Is Alive sundae ($9), a tribute to Elvis Presley with housemade organic peanut butter, caramel, candied bacon, bananas and a dill pickle spear. I discovered you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy the sweet-salty-vinegary combo. The fountain also features a 21-and-older menu featuring craft-beer shakes ($10), and sodas and sundaes boosted with shots of CBD ($4 extra), the nonhallucinogenic extract from cannabis plants that supposedly brings therapeutic benefits. Rhyan Dildine says some elderly customers come several times a week for CBD shakes, and they swear it helps combat anxiety, insomnia and joint inflammation. I took a few sips from a float and definitely could taste it (an earthy, patchouli flavor) and felt as mellow as one could after ingesting 100 grams of sugar.
There is more to the Foxworth Fountain than ice cream and sweets — the eatery boasts an impressive breakfast and lunch menu (served until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) that features organic oatmeal, eggs, toasts, paninis, sandwiches and salads. I had a very good Croque Madame ($12), the classic baked ham, Gruyere and Bechamel sandwich topped with a fried egg.
The Foxworth Fountain at Delray Shores Pharmacy, 124 NE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach, 561-295-7632, DelrayShores Pharmacy.com. The fountain is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. TuesdaySaturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday. The kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Proper Ice Cream
Native New Yorker Rick Felberbaum, 61, spent 32 years as a corporate and real estate attorney, but ice cream has always been his passion. He started making it as a hobby and then got serious when he attended Penn State University’s Ice Cream 101 program. His travels to Italy and studies led him to develop an ice cream that is fluffy, less sweet and a bit lighter (12 to 14 percent butterfat) than other premium ice creams. “Closer to gelato,” he says. His big break came when star Palm Beach chef Clay Conley tasted and loved his product. Felberbaum spent seven months based out of Conley’s kitchen at Buccan, then opened a small warehouse in western Delray Beach earlier this year, a wholesale operation that sold to restaurants and Joseph’s Classic Market in Boca Raton. In June, he opened his doors to the public, and the crowds have been growing and flocking ever since. A bigger store will open later this fall in downtown Delray, near the new iPic theater.
“This is crazy, ridiculous,” Felberbaum says. “I used to work 10 hours a day. Now, I’m working 16 hours a day. I used to have weekends off. Now, weekends are my
A cone from Proper Ice Cream features crispy crunch chocolate cream, left, and blueberry muffin, right.
The bonsai tree dessert at The Tree Cafe-Ice NY features cotton candy, chocolate bark and chocolate mousse.
The King Is Alive sundae at the Foxworth Fountain includes vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, banana and a pickle.