With the rare opportunity to dine out this week and finally coming into the 21st century with my Nexus S, I thought I’d start blogging again about some of the great local establishments I was able to favor this week. First on the list, a true Melbourne landmark for a late night treat, Del’s Freez!
Del’s Freez has been around since the mid-1950′s and has been a part of virtually every central Brevard resident’s childhood, from what I can tell. When moving to the area, my wife raved about Del’s; I never understood how she could be so excited about soft serve. After finding myself at Del’s for every late night ice cream craving over the last 2 years, I can definitely say I now share in her excitement. If you don’t believe me, try stopping by most any evening to witness the lengthy lines of patrons (waiting up to 30 minutes on weekends) eagerly awaiting a cold treat. In addition to the tasty dessert combinations available at Del’s, the other large draw is the nostalgic prices that seem to barely change as the years pass.
This week we were lucky and found ourselves only waiting in line 15 minutes. We ordered 2 medium soft serve cones; one vanilla with cherry dip and other strawberry/vanilla swirl with toasted coconut dip (~$2.50 each). We always order a cup for each cone ($0.10 each) since they are so large and begin to melt within 5 minutes of taking hold of them. Two of my other favorite menu items are the banana shake and pumpkin shake (~$3.50 each) which are served in a restaurant-sized medium styrofoam cup with straw and spoon. When we have a group of 4 or more we go for the “monstrous” sundae, I have no idea what it’s called, but it’s basically 4 enormous servings of soft serve (any flavors), a series of ridiculously portioned toppings, 2 whole chopped bananas, and a large can of whipped cream for less than $10. When you consider that two individuals can barely get out of a ColdStone for less that $12, you can begin to see the appeal that Del’s brings to the Melbourne area.
If you find yourself on US-1 just south of Babcock Road and in the mood for soft serve, look for the small ice cream shop opposite the river. They only take cash, but you don’t need much to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Del’s Freez is located 402 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, Florida.