Marble Slab Creamery- A Little Slab Will Do Ya

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - by Willie Mae
A cone or a cup at Marble Slab Creamery
A cone or a cup at Marble Slab Creamery

When it gets warm outside, I sometimes get a hankering for an ice cream cone and I asked Lois if she would be able to go with me. It didn’t take her long to decide – she hollered, “You bet I am!”

We headed to a place called Marble Slab Creamery on Gunbarrel Road. I hadn’t been out for ice cream in ages. They had just a few tables inside and only one boy at the counter.

He was a sweet young man and very courteous. They had many flavors to choose from and even mixed their own concoctions. I knew there were too many choices for Lois and I anticipated her having problems. As usual, Lois couldn’t decide what she wanted.

The “Caramel Fudge Swirlpool” looked really good and I decided on that quickly… but I didn’t tell Lois.

At first, she said she would just have Pralines and Cream in a small cup. With Lois, it is always best to encourage her to choose the first thing she thinks of, because when she gets an inkling to let her taste buds explore, it always means trouble.

I knew it was coming and I winced when the words rolled off her tongue, “What are you gonna get?”

I knew if I told her my selection, she would get it too and then she wouldn’t like it! Lois will ALWAYS find something wrong with it. I tried to trick her and I picked something that I knew she wouldn’t think sounded good.

It worked! She said she didn’t think she would like that and she kept looking. The boy behind the counter was not impatient with us and waited dutifully for our order.

Then it happened. Lois picked what I was going to order and my decoy idea backfired. She said, “That caramel fudge stuff looks good doesn’t it?” I swatted her on the arm and told her that was what I was going to get! Since she picked it herself then I wouldn’t be to blame if she didn’t like it, so I didn’t say a word and just minded my own business.

Lois handed me her money and asked if I would order for her. I gave the boy our order and he made my cone first. Lois wanted hers in a cup and I thought it would be best if he made hers first because mine would melt and I had to take a picture!

Now I realize, I didn’t think this through. The folks at the Chattanoogan.com like for me to send them pictures of the food I try but I didn’t think of having to take a picture holding ice cream! I knew I would just have to get Lois to take it for me.

I liked the way this place fixed their ice cream. The boy got a big slab of vanilla ice cream and placed it on the prep table. He then finagled it with the caramel, and the fudge and he added pieces of a Snickers bar to it.

Lois came back to the counter and saw the boy digging vanilla ice cream out of the bin. She whispered to me, “Oh, he’s getting it wrong, that’s not what I ordered.” Before I could explain to her how they make it she saw the boy swirl all the flavors together and put it in her cup.

I didn’t know if I was going to break a sweat before my ice cream did, but I hoped I would get a picture before I had to start licking it!

We sat down and I handed Lois my camera and told her to get a picture of my cone. I told her to make sure she didn’t get me, but I was glad I just got my nails done. The boy went toward the back so he couldn’t see me trying to hold out my cone for the picture.

As predicted, Lois liked the concoction but found something ‘wrong with it’. She doesn’t have store bought teeth like me so her teeth are a little weak and the Snickers pieces were too hard for her in the cold ice cream. I advised her to just suck on them until they got warm.

I didn’t have any trouble at all. It was the best ice cream place I had been to in a long time, I just couldn’t eat it all. I didn’t expect the cone to be so large.

I would certainly recommend this place when you get a hankering for ice cream, but just remember… a little slab will do ya.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Puckett's Announces Chattanooga General Manager Max Stephenson

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant is bringing the brand’s long-time general manager Max Stephenson to lead the new Chattanooga location, a move that owner Andy Marshall says is indicative of  his company's  excitement to expand into the Scenic City. Mr. Stephenson oversaw six successful years of double-digit growth at Puckett’s in downtown Franklin, Tn., the longest-running ... (click for more)

Willie Mae: Southern Star – Side Splittin’ Good!

Lawsy Mercy! I never expected so many people to miss little ol’ me when I quit spying on restaurants and writing stories about my visits, but according to the folks at Chattanoogan.com quite a few people wondered where I was (and some even thought I had expired). “Whe-e-ere’s Willie Mae?” they asked. Believe it or not, that ol’ rascal Lou and I got hitched! We moved quite ... (click for more)

1 Arrested, 1 Sought In Shooting On Rawlings Street

One man is in custody and another is being sought in the shooting of a man in the 2000 block of Rawlings Street on Sunday morning. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to a local hospital on reports of a man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound he received during a verbal altercation with two other individuals. Police said 29-year-old Kenneth Dixon ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed By Husband In Dalton Dies From Her Wounds

A woman who Dalton Police say was stabbed Thursday by her husband has died of her injuries.   Glenda Dyer had been transported to Hamilton Medical Center. She initially was listed in stable condition.   The incident happened at the couple's home at 1603 Elaine Way.   Police said a murder charge will be added to the counts already facing ... (click for more)

Net Neutrality: The Beginning Of The End Or Just A New Beginning?

“The Internet is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” says Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, “Today’s order is more powerful and more expansive than any previously suggested.”  The FCC’s vote for so-called Net Neutrality purports to allow the agency to regulate the Internet as a public utility.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden On March 1

As I try to do at the beginning of each month, I stroll through my garden to see the good and the bad. This morning there is still a solid covering of snow but, as usual, there is still a lot to see. March is historically known for “coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb” so let’s see who gets what: A LAMB to the fact 90-year-old Floyd Hartwig of Easton, Calif., and his ... (click for more)