If you are looking to step back in time along the Route 1 corridor this summer, visit Hyattsville’s Shortcake Bakery, at 4700 Rhode Island Ave., where the latest additions to the menu include old-school soft-serve ice cream, concretes, root beer floats, and lime rickeys.
The ice cream comes in chocolate and vanilla, with additional flavors coming in August, and is served in a cone or sundae cup. Toppings include caramel syrup, hot fudge, strawberry preserves, passion fruit, and brownies. The floats are made with Boylan creme soda and root beer, which are made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup, complete with whipped-cream and a cherry on top.
Owner Cheryl Harrington told the Hyattsville Wire that the bakery has been trying to add a new item to the menu each month with an emphasis on things that really connect with customers.
“When we think about what’s next we try to ask: What’s something that people want every day?” she said. “What’s something that transports people to a sweeter place, even if only for a moment?”
One inspiration for adding ice cream to the menu was her childhood memories.
“Back in Trinidad, my grandfather sold ice cream,” she said. “Some of my fondest memories are riding with him on his truck and eating treats until my stomach hurt. He definitely lost money on me! But those rides provided the opportunity to bond with him and our community.”
Shortcake Bakery has also updated its drink menu, which now includes some fun throwback options like a lime rickey, a non-alcoholic variant of the drink invented in D.C. in the 19th century.
If you’re in the mood for ice cream or frozen yogurt this summer, your other options along the Route 1 corridor include Cold Slab Ice Cream at the Mall at Prince Georges, Yogi Castle at the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville, the Maryland Dairy on the University of Maryland campus, Cold Stone Creamery and Rita’s Italian Ice in College Park.
But if you want your ice cream served old school, Shortcake Bakery has you covered.