- 5030 Gull Road
- Kalamazoo, MI 49048
- (269) 345-5360
- No Known Website
Sixty degrees in February?! Seriously, that’s not Michigan weather.
We had to take advantage of this rare, awesome Saturday in the middle of winter. We planned on trying to eat on the patio at Hopcat, but we got there before food service outside began, so we just took a table at the bar. As we were eating lunch, J suggested we find an ice cream place where we could sit outside.
Kalamazoo really lacks local ice cream stands. We typically go to Culvers if we get ice cream because there just isn’t any place to go other than a couple of Dairy Queen’s and Ritter’s Frozen Custard. We really didn’t want DQ or Culvers and didn’t know if Ritter’s was even open yet….so Google to the rescue.
Google pointed me towards Frosty Boy on Gull Road. We had never been to Frosty Boy and it never even crossed my mind when we were talking about ice cream. We were already downtown, so the drive down Gull Road wasn’t that far.
Frosty Boy shares a building with Cottage Inn at the corner of Gull and Rockingham Street in Kalamazoo Township. They share an entrance and a small dining room which has a single TV hanging in the corner. During the summer months, Frosty Boy has walk up windows. Those were closed on this unique day in February.
The ice cream shop and the pizza place have separate counters although money is taken at the Cottage Inn side. The case full of Hudsonville Ice Cream is what separates the dining room from the Frosty Boy kitchen.
Frosty Boy does booth scoops of the Hudsonville and soft serve. J and L both went the scoop route while I did something different.
L doesn’t really know what flavors are yet so she picks her ice cream by color. She at first asked for the green one, but J wasn’t sure if she’d even like Mint Chocolate Chip. L looked again and found one with all the colors. She chose the Super Scoop.
The Super Scoop is a combination of Vanilla, Blue Moon and Black Cherry Ice Cream that’s blended together. It comes out in a rainbow mix which is what L found appealing. Apparently, it tasted pretty good too. L easily polished off the scoop of Super Scoop and even gave a few bites to B….because that kid already goes crazy over ice cream.
J went for two scoops. She did a couple different flavors of Cake Batter. Like L, she shared a little bit with B too, so he just got to taste all sorts of yummy ice cream…including mine.
I passed on the scoop and went for the soft serve instead. I ordered a medium Peanut Butter Cup Flurry. Frosty Boy’s flurries are just like everyone else’s. Delicious vanilla ice cream with pieces of peanut butter cup mixed in. Yup, B got some of mine before it was all over. The two ladies finished their ice cream before I did and I was pretty full from lunch. I only ate about half of my flurry before having to give up.
The ice cream set us back about right around ten bucks….and, as planned, we grabbed our ice cream and headed out to the patio where they have round plastic tables with umbrellas set up on the cement patio.
Frosty Boy was pretty perfect on this amazing February afternoon. It’s easily the kind of ice cream shop you think about when you think about being a kid and walking to the neighborhood ice cream place. I still can’t figure out why Kalamazoo doesn’t have more of these places but at least the people on the east side of town have some place to go during those hot summer days.