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.


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