Chicago >Food & Dining > The Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062041.742810 -87.682739
Neighborhoods: Beverly, Far southwest Side
Worth a pilgrimage to Beverly at LEAST once a month in summer. Don't even consider veering away from the sky-high rainbow cone combo. You'll never finish your own, but you'll envy everyone around you if you order something else. (Yep, speaking from experience.)
The only place for a real Rainbow Cone – Actually the flavors are Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts), and Pistachio ice creams, with orange sherbet on top. The rainbow cone is not a mish-mash but a complex combination of flavors that work very well together. The orange is like a sorbet and cleanses the palette before you get down to the other flavors; the pistachio has almonds in it along with pistachios, that way it has a nice balance, not too salty; Palmer House works as a nice halfway point- I sometimes get just palmer and green (Pistachio) on a cone (those are the flavor calls the kids working there use-that in itself is fun and helps the line go faster); the strawberry has actual chunks of strawberry in it and it is so fragrant. It works great next to the chocolate because, honestly, what better way to enjoy strawberries than with chocolate? (There’s a whole science to it) My family’s been coming here for generations-my aunt used to work there when she was my age. It is a real piece of Americana and a family favorite that is worthy of the highest praise!
Come for the Cake Roll--Reward your Great Decision with a Rainbow Cone for the Trip Home! – Instant smiles are spontaneous when this spiral rainbow appears outlined in a sponge cake of chocolate or sun yellow. It is my first choice as a special treat for my guests. Sometimes I need to remember to treat myself to something special too... but, I'm getting better at that! Yum! Talk about positive reinforcement... this is the way to go! :>) The price is tasty too.
Tip: I like to slice the Rainbow Ice Cream Cake Roll frozen, then let it soften 10-min before savoring maximum flavor.
Available as full size cake roll or half, the perfect ratio for my guests has been 1 full-size chocolate : half roll yellow.
Best Ice Cream – I remember going here as a kid. My parents would drive out here for a cone on a Sunday afternoon. My sisters and I thought this was an adventure, far from our Brighton Park home. It was a treat for all. I still go at least 4 times a year and bring home a 1/2 gallon of the rainbow. My sister and her family think Oberwies Ice Cream is the best, I challenged them to an ice cream taste off. I purchashed from RC, a pint of strawberry. They brought strawberry ice cream from Oberweis. Well, the strawberry from RC won, hands down. Also, you can get hand packed flavors to your liking. My hubby loves the butter pecan and the banana. Where else can you get a fresh banana ice cream? My Son-In-Law is a devotee of the pistachio, my daughter loves the orange sherbet. I know this ice cream is pricey, but so well worth the taste experience. You must check it out. Enjoy!
GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD, GREAT ICE CREAM – Rainbow Cone is a desitnation dessert haven! The ice cream is great (the Palmer House is divine), and we usually run into neighbors. For those of you who come from out of town and are "fearful" of the neighborhood -- don't be! Although that stretch of Western Avenue may look depressing, if you drive one block east into the neighborhood you will see historic houses, trees and gardens. Beverly is the Oak Park/Evanston of the south side!
Its the best – the neighborhood has changed since I was a kid but the ice cream has not. get a gallon every time we gon the side. I am lucky to be within 20 minutes of it. the original is the best!!!
The Original Rainbow Cone, 92nd & Western-for generations – There is no place like it and no substitute. Went there as a child, brought my children, go there whenever we get to town, hope to move back soon as it was a part of our life. The ice cream is excellent, especially the Palmer House ice cream. The service is great! There's usually a long line but that's half the fun as you enjoy everyone's company and have a blast while waiting in line and once you have your ice cream & sit outside with others. We've always had a great time, never a bad memory there. It's been there for generations and I hope it's there for generations to come. I have yet to bring my granddaughter and look forward to my children passing on the tradition to their children. If you want to experience what real Chicagoans enjoy, this is a must. It's local cuisine.
Yum! – The ice cream was FANTASTIC!!!!
Although it was our 1st time in Chicago, that was a must go place... we saw it on Food Network. That ment it HAD to be good.
But a mile from it the neighborhood was really dirty... and not very pretty. Sorta like Baltimore.
I would have liked it more if it was in a better loctation. There wasn't a line at all though, and the people were nice!!!!
Not Bad – The Original Rainbow Cone offers a mish-mash of assorted ice-cream flavors dominated by orange and lime sherbert, followed by butter pecan, pistachio, and chocolate. While surely colorful to look at these flavors, in my opinion, would be better if they were separated from one another as the flavor combinations do not mix well (ie butter pecan and orange sherbert). However it is possible to order these flavoes separately, leave the flavor mish-mash for the kids, and get a simple scope of pistachio or (and) butter pecan. Plenty of out door seating on picnic tables bring back childhood memories of family outings, hot summer nights, and sticky fingers.
I LOVE this ice cream!!! – Rainbow Cone is my absolute favorite place to have ice cream! I would go there everyday if it were healthy... But I do usually go every weekend in the summer! This is a must try- highly recommend the rainbow cone, but other flavors are available. If you don't get a chance to go there, they are at Taste of CHicago every year!
Best Ice Cream Around – Definitely worth the ride to 92nd & Western. Totally original - something for the whole family. Great art deco amibiance while you wait in line. Don't worry - lines get long, but move very quickly. It is like a factory behind the counter. Great service.
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