A slab above the rest

As everyone scours Tallahassee to find a tasty treat to replace the now defunct Cold Stone Creamery, you may want to drive down Thomasville Road (not too far down though) and check out Marble Slab Creamery.

Located in the Village Commons Center by Stein Mart, the location is serene.

Walking into the establishment you would swear you have walked into the clone of Cold Stone. The floors were spotless, the service greeted every guest with a delightful “Welcome to Marble Slab Creamery” and the hot waffle cone was nothing but icing on the cake. Well in this case, the cone was the cherry on top.

Look to the left, you see the glass display case filled with dozens of ice cream varieties. Look up and you’ll see ice cream scoopers ready to mix in your favorite Butterfinger or Snicker pieces. Looks may be deceiving. There is something obviously different about this place – the taste.

The ice cream’s texture is that of frozen custard (Northern folk know what that is). It literally melts in your mouth once it hits your taste buds and fulfills your sugar craving.

A spoonful of “Cheesecake” ice cream is nothing but perfection. It’s like a microcosm of your grandma’s cheesecake that only comes around during the holiday season. Mix in some graham cracker crust pieces and strawberries and you’d believe you were eating a slice of pie directly from the Cheesecake Factory.

Marble Slab’s ambiance is just as tasteful as its frozen treats.

Amaretto, the classic Butter Pecan and the A-plus Caramel all top my Marble Slab list of favorites.

However, there are dozens more to choose, from Apple ‘n’ Spice and Black Walnut to Mocha. And if you want to personalize your treat, try mixing in Oreos, cinnamon, bananas or whatever works for your appetite at the time. For those who may be watching their figures, which is no fun, Marble Slab offers non-fat frozen yogurt.

The only downfall to Tallahassee’s Marble Slab Creamery is its lack of locations. It could stand to be more convenient, especially during the Cold Stone drought.

The ice cream experience at Marble Slab will satisfy any ice cream lover’s sweet tooth and craving for personalized ice cream concoctions. After perusing Marble Slab’s Web site, you may find it interesting that it was founded in 1983 – five years before Cold Stone. It seems that originality pays off, especially if it tastes that much better.

Marble Slab Creamery is located at 1400 Village Square Blvd., #32. For hours of operation contact (850) 90-SWEET.