The 21st-century ice cream parlor no longer deals in just 31 flavors and waffle cones. The new shtick revolves around 32 home-made flavors; free hi-speed wifi; luxurious chocolate and brown leather furniture; and a wide-ranging selection of paninis ($6.95), pastries, cupcakes, milkshakes, cookies, sundaes ($5.25), and Illy coffee thrown in for good measure.
Occupying the former space of Sweet Occasions (which closed in 2008, to the dismay of regulars), George's pays homage to late Andersonville resident (and owner of resale shop Chicago Recycle) George Stotis. Children Bill and Angie Stotis preside as owners, whilst manager Jim Veikos adds a Greek touch (European-like decor and spanikopita, $5.95) to the mix.
French blue walls and comfy leather armchairs comprise a few of the new attributes. In place of the awkward metal furniture of the former tenant, solid dark wood round tables and leather encased dining chairs offer comfort and class. Patrons range from cone-licking tots and their parents to the usual assortment of wifi/coffee addicts.
Flavors remain true to the predecessor's Madison, Wisconsin-based Chocolate Shoppe ice cream, with options for all types, from health nuts (no-sugar-added chocolate fudge swirl) to Elvis fans (banana ice cream with peanut butter ripple and liquid chocolate chips). To awaken the eternal child within, take a lick of Blue Moon, which tastes remarkably like Fruit Loops. Chocoholics rely on the brownie-inspired Zanzibar chocolate, and those with a refined palate find comfort in Raspberry Rhapsody (black raspberry flavor and white chocolate).
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Marla Seidell