Gastonia >Dessert Shops > Tony's Ice Cream Co
520 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC | Directions 2805435.262293 -81.173661
Mon. - Thu. 7am - 7pm;Fri. - Sat. 7:30am - 10pm;Sun. 10am - 10pm
Your tongue will be dancing with joy! – I too have grown up with Tony's Ice Cream. It's absolutely the best! My favorite is the butter pecan shake.....YUM! A word of advice.....get a spoon! There are so many pecans in there, they'll stop up your straw!
Be nice to the people that work there. They work hard and do a lot of bending for your palate's pleasure.
Bring the kids. A historic treasure only 20 mins from Charlotte. – Okay, so the food line is to the right of the ice cream counter. And there's an ATM machine near the door, cash only folks. This is a true institution. There were several Tony's locations, but this is the last one to survive. They make all their own ice cream at the factory next door.
I personally do what the locals do, head to the Shrimp Boat, Twin Tops Fish Camp, or R.O.'s BBQ for a bite to eat, then head to Tony's for dessert. The food is GREAT as junk food goes, but you really came for the ice cream! If you are gonna order something, go southern style with some Pimento Cheese sandwiches or "all the way" hot dogs with homemade chili and onions.
Shakes are made the old fashioned way. Hand dipped with a paddle, milk, blender. Then top it with another paddle of ice cream. My friend's favorite is Banana. Highly recommended.
My favorite is the hot fudge sundae. Add the "Wet Walnuts" for $1 more. I go for Vanilla, since the hot fudge is AWESOME with the walnuts. Topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
My aunt made the mistake of ordering the Banana Split one time. The mistake was that it could feed a family of four! It's HUGE! So, come hungry, eat messy, and leave with a smile on your face.
I always tip, seems they don't get many. But hey, when you're getting homemade icecream sundaes for under $5 you can afford to be generous. They do have kiddie size scoops available. So bring a crowd.
Did you know there's two drive-in theatres in Gaston County? Under $10 a carload. With first-run, still in theatre movies. One is closer to Charlotte at the Belmont exit. They have a double feature, with the first one starting at dusk. This is a town you should get to know. And Tony's Ice Cream is sure to become a weekend tradition. I'll see you there!
best icecream – i was born in gastonia nc and ever since i was little ive eaten tonys ice cream its the best in the south
Hot Dogs Are Great...Fries not so great – As a resident of Gastonia and the daughter of a BBQ man from Greensboro, I know a good hot dog and Tony's has a pretty good hot dog. Not as good as JW Nuckles from Greensboro, but fair. Have tried their Ice Cream and don't see the big deal. West End in Greensboro tops them all. As for Tony's, beware of their French Fries, as either their oil is low quality or they don't change it very often....otherwise Hot Dogs are decent.
Gastonia's answer to Ben and Jerry. – The Scene
Yellow tile walls and red vinyl booths are the fanciest things you'll see at this decades-old Gastonia landmark. It's strictly counter service--place your order, wait for it and hope to find a seat. If it's a weekend night, good luck. Prepare to get your cone "to go" at this popular teen and family hang-out.
Tony's serves basic fast food--hotdogs, hamburgers, etc.--but that's not the reason to go. Once you taste the ice cream you'll realize there's no need to have dinner at all. The flavors aren't as exotic as a certain Vermont-based chain offers, but there's no mistaking the homemade-on-the-spot taste. Try pineapple or peach if you're feeling daring, or a three-flavor banana split if you're beyond hungry. Portions are huge, so order conservatively.
Nostalga more than quality – We heard about Tony's and we tried it. Being an ice cream fanatic I was disapointed.
the ice cream seemed to have a lot of air making it less creamy. as for the food.
there are much better places in Gastonia. As for the nostalga there is charm in the history unfortunatly there is very few seats after you recieve your food you can't get a seat.
For history and hometown Tony's is the place just look and then eat somewhere else.
User review by decodave – One of the nicest reasons for living in Gaston County! Tony's Ice Cream has been a sweet treat since 1915. Nothing better than getting a hot dog "all the way" and topping it off with one of Tony's huge banana splits. Unless you are a revenous teen, better plan on splitting this with your wife or favorite other. Try their Black Cherry, Banana and Black Walnut flavors !!!
Tony's Ice Cream - A Family Tradition – When I was growing up in Gastonia, one of my favorite things to do was go to Tony's with my grandpa. He would mention the word "Tony's" to any of his 30 grandchildren and all eyes instantly lit up and everyone was ready to jump in the car and go! The ice cream is better than any others that I have ever tasted in my entire life. Now, when I have the chance, I continue my grandpa's tradition with the children in my family by taking them to Tony's. I understand why he took us so many times. Seeing the expressions of excitement and the children's eyes light up when I say "Tony's" is priceless.
Tony's not so great – What's all the fuss? it's low cost, cheap in quality ice cream. Much better products and service and much nicer places are available in Gastonia. Tony's is ok, but it's not to die for.
Great Ice Cream a Gastonia Legend – This is hands down the best ice cream around. Not too sweet and not too heavy just right for one of those hot summer days.
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