July 9, 2017
Gabel’s, Tannersville Pennsylvania
We went to Gabel’s was a very warm night in July – a dream come true for an outdoor ice cream shop. As we rode down Route 611 in Tannersville, PA, Gabel’s looked like an old style ice cream stand- the traditional ice cream cone sculpture mounted on the top of the building. It has traditional walk-up windows to order at, the traditional wide variety of great frozen treats – hard (Turkey Hill) and soft ice cream, novelties, milkshakes, sundaes… as well hot food such as burgers and dogs. We stepped right up and ordered – I got a Reese’s Pieces Sundae with Cotton Candy ice cream. The orders were taken and picked
up at a pick-up window. A employee would shout out the orders and if it was yours, you walked (or ran) up and got it. A little comic relief came as we watched the employee shouting out “banana milkshake” multiple times and finally giving up. I guess who ever ordered it forgot and drove away. When she called out our orders we did not hesitate! The portion sizes were very generous and the help friendly. As an added bonus the place had a playground for the children including a pirate ship, playhouse and slide.
In the area: We come to this area to shop at the Crossings – an “outlet mall”. It offers a great selection of shops with no tax on clothing. I am told that this place is a favorite shopping place of Europeans as well – one of the shops that sells mainly jeans said that close to 70% of their customers were foreigner visitors – especially from Europe!