Scooping up Fun

In the heat of summer there is really no better way to cool down than with a big scoop of ice cream, something the Anderson family has understood since 1901, when they opened the doors to Colonial Café.

“My great grandfather started it, so I am a fourth generation Anderson running Colonial Café. We’ve evolved from delivering milk, to processing and making our own ice cream, where today we are a full service family restaurant in the Western Suburbs of Chicago,” said Clinton Anderson, President of Colonial Café and Ice Cream.

Specializing in sundaes, the Colonial Café is well known for their heaping ice cream concoction, “The Kitchen Sink”.

“That was created with my dad, Tom Anderson in 1976, so next year it’ll celebrate 40 years. My dad had seen a similar style of an idea in his travels then he came back and modified it with different family members and they created the stand of the kitchen sink, and the stainless look of it – because a bowl’s boring right?” said Anderson.

Anderson showed me just how to make the famous sundae; consisting of two scoops of creamy vanilla, two scoops of chocolate and another two of strawberry ice cream all homemade by Colonial.

Top that off with strawberry and pineapple sauce, two banana’s, homemade whipped cream, hot fudge, sprinkled almonds and of course the cherry on top.

“It’s a great excitement seeing peoples faces, you’ll see a lot of pictures on Facebook, Instagram, when people finish the Kitchen Sink, even when they are eating it. And so its creating an experience and that’s what we like to do here with our food and our sundaes and of course when you finish it getting to take home the bumper sticker – ‘I ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink’ to let everyone know,” said Anderson.

Have you taken down the Kitchen Sink? We’d love to see your pics; show us at @nctv17 on Twitter.


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