As I sat on the porch at Ice Cream Cafe in Orleans, greedily demolishing my cone of Peppermint Stick, I wondered to myself if I had been too quick to declare, as I had done on this blog two months earlier, that Four Seas serves the best ice cream on Cape Cod.
When I visited the Ice Cream Cafe, I did so with a bit of childish skepticism. I knew my favorite ice cream place, and this wasn’t it, so why was I here? And when I saw the woman in front of me in line receive her ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone with a topping of gummy bears (making her cone look more like a Pop-Art installation than a delicious dessert) I questioned the sanity of both the scooper and the customer. Gummy bears on ice cream? Is nothing sacred? But it was my turn to order, so I stuck with a standard that I’ve been ordering at Four Seas since the age of three – Peppermint Stick in a sugar cone, and, for the love of all that is holy, please hold the gummy bears.
I was delighted and surprised to find out that the Ice Cream Cafe’s Peppermint Stick was superb. Creamy, cool, sweet, and delicious. I was with some of my family, so I was happy that, if I asked nicely, I’d be able to take some bites of their choices too. So, besides my own cone, I tasted the Ginger, Black Raspberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Rum Raisin. They were all phenomenal. The Ginger was a true stand-out, which I highly recommend.
So, alas, the homemade ice cream at Ice Cream Cafe is incredible, but is it better than Four Seas? I really can’t say. When I think about Four Seas, my childhood nostalgia makes any attempt at objectivity impossible. So, instead of picking one over the other, I would recommend people to try both. I mean, this world is big and vast with many variations of excellence there for us to enjoy, right? So, what’s the harm in sampling a few different and delicious ice cream joints throughout the Cape? Why must there be only one #1? But, don’t ask me, I’ve never been that good at math.
So, after filling up with cream and sugar at the Ice Cream Cafe, we drove down the always beautiful 6A to mosey our way home. And there in Brewster was the most beautiful roadside stand that I have ever seen. We quickly pulled the car over to check out this perfect stand.
Exquisite hydrangeas, delicious tomatoes, wild flowers, and other garden delights were all arranged at the farm stand with an artist’s eye for color, symmetry, and beauty.
We bought one of those blue-green hydrangea bouquets and a paper bag full of incredible bite-sized yellow tomatoes. We then drove home so happy to be full of surprisingly excellent ice cream, surrounded by the historic perfection of 6A, and lucky enough to stumble upon the farm stand of picture book perfection. Ah, just another day on Cape Cod.
Ice Cream Cafe is located at 5 South Orelans Road in Orleans, almost exactly where 6A and Route 28 meet. The farm stand is on 6A in Brewster, diagonally across the street from the arts and crafts shop The Spectrum.