Trowbridge's - An Americana Experience Unique to the Shoals
Trowbridge's Ice Cream & Sandwich
316 N Court St
Florence, AL 35630-4738
Yesterday, after trudging through a long session of online continuing education classes, I treated myself to lunch at Trowbridge's. If you've ever been in or around the Shoals Area, then chances are you've either eaten here or have heard all about it. My earliest memories of this place are from when my now-deceased mother used to take us here after a day of going to the doctor or shopping.
Walking into the restaurant in Downtown Florence is like walking back in time. It is small, but filled with history. Trowbridge's is Florence's oldest business in it's original downtown location. This restaurant began in 1918, and entering inside you can see the history of Florence and the Shoals right in front of you. The walls are lined with pictures and posters all telling stories about our wonderful part of the world. My favorites are the pictures of the construction of Wilson Dam, and another of Franklin D. Roosevelt arriving into the area by train for a visit. After all these years, in my recollection, very little has changed. The floor, the chairs, the booths, the menu. A couple of new flavors of ice cream have been added over the years, but as long as I can remember, it has always looked, felt, and tasted exactly the same. I love it when things stay exactly the same.
What's strange, is that as many times as I've been there, I've always gotten the exact same thing. That's because I know what I like, and that's what I want when I go. Their hot dogs have the perfect mixture of chili and mustard that seems to create this unique flavor that I've never been able to duplicate.
Their ice cream is hand-dipped, and my favorite is Cherry Vanilla with real chunks of cherries. Most go for their Orange Pineapple with small bits of pineapple inside, which was my mom's favorite. Add a Coke and a bag of potato chips, and it's perfect!
Being somewhat of an amateur local history buff, Trowbridge's is one of my favorite places in our little town. If you've never been, then it is definitely worth your time to check out. If you haven't been in a while, come back home for a day and go.
Joshua B. Pettus
Home Grown Real Estate