4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Open since 1958, the family-owned Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor is a Scottsdale landmark in the heart of Old Town
. The pink, white, and black vintage decor is awash in nostalgia, and yes, very cute, but don't let the cuteness factor stop you from ducking in for a sweet treat. The "Super Fancy Sundaes" menu is a go-to for locals who know the pleasures of the Top Hat (creampuff filled with vanilla ice cream and smothered in hot fudge) and the Gosh-Awful-Gooey Banana Split, featuring Turkish coffee ice cream, caramel sauce, red raspberry sorbet, and marshmallow sauce. Not the best place to go if you're on a diet, although the Sugar Bowl also features a sandwich and salad menu with items for the calorie-counters. The walls of the Sugar Bowl feature original art from Bil Keane of "Family Circus" fame. The famous comic strip artist was a Paradise Valley resident who visited the Sugar Bowl with his own young family, and the ice cream parlor was often featured in his popular strip.