When it comes to ice cream, I can’t think of any place better than Larry’s.
It’s a cozy little shop in St. Petersburg, Fl., sitting back on the diagonal behind a large parking lot just steps away from sandy beaches in the Gulf of Mexico.
That store’s been scooping up ice cream over 38 years with every flavor you can imagine — even Italian Gelato.
My favorite, Butter Pecan, has a long history. At six years of age, it was chocolate. That changed when Dad said, “You can have as many chocolate ice cream cones as you want, today.” I ate enough that afternoon to last a life time and I’ve never asked for that flavor again.
It really has to be Butter Pecan. I’ll know immediately if it’s not. In Great Falls, MT., when I was working there for the American Red Cross, a date returned with a cone. I asked him to take it back and get the right flavor. I could see that it was hard for him to believe it made that much difference, but he went back with the cone and returned, humbled, saying, “They made a mistake. You were right. It was Butter Brickle.”
Howard Hughes, too, had a special flavor he wanted his staff to provide every night when he was in residence. They kept this favorite flavor on hand in a huge freezer and noticed the supply was running run. Frantic, they contacted the supplier who said they were no longer making it. In their haste, they contracted with another firm who made special adaptations to do so at short notice.
After they’d gone to all this trouble, Hughes said, “I’m ready for something different tonight.”
So set your taste buds on store for any concoction you have at Larry’s.
Inside the one-story building behind a huge parking lot are small tables and chairs that cluster along the left side of long counters filled with ice cream and Gelato choices. Sundaes like Peanut Butter Parfait or Banana Splits go along with a large selection of hot dogs, too.
Kids of all ages love Larry’s. In a perfect work, I’d like to live next door to them. Maybe like Hughes, I might finally have my fill of Butter Pecan and want to choose something else. I might even want it served in one of their dipped waffle cones made with chocolate.
re are sundaes, too, like Peanut Butter Parfait or Banana Splits.