Back in the day, Michael and I shared a house with another couple in the center of South Minneapolis. We had many reasons to get out of that house, but one was the terrible, good for nothing airflow. It’s not helpful to have air conditioning if it doesn’t even reach the bedrooms. So we did a lot of exploring and one of the great places we shared was Pumphouse. Being too cheap for dinner, we’d grab a cone and hang out. Maybe a little bit of a quieter reputation than a few of the other spots in town, this place was a little haven for us.
This place is tiny and the line often runs right out the door. They have a farm-to-frozen method working with many local sources and hey, there’s some happy non-dairy options in there as well. And if Minneapolis has taught me anything, it’s that they love their dogs, and Pumphouse Creamery is no exception. You can find little Doggie Ice Creams you can purchase. I’m not sure why you’d ever want to avoid this place, unless you know you have zero self-control and would probably suffer extreme brain-freeze on the daily.
Today was hot and so perfect for some ice cream action. Theo was much less a hot mess and just a hyper mobile crawling machine. He took his allotted naps and ate a ton of watermelon. He was a very happy kid. So around 4:00 pm, we took off towards the super secret spot, and by secret, it wasn’t really, just new to Malcolm. Traffic wasn’t much issue heading from the South. So we got there in 23 minutes.
When we got there, it was really quiet. I guess early evening Thursdays might just be our thang. Did I mention that we casually invited friends to join? I believe, we had 10 people join us! New friends and even some from high school! Sounds like a success to me. The ice cream is spot on. The ice cream scoopers (God bless their poor wrists!) were super chill and let me take way too long to decide on what I wanted. And then even more patient when I spent way too long choose FIVE flavors for the 5 scoop sampler.
The place is tiny inside, but works well to keep everyone contained in the line. The sidewalk is big enough that a couple of kids were able to play tag within the invisible boundaries established by their parents. There are tables and chairs and benches scattered throughout. Gotta say, my love for this place does not waver. And it is kitty-corner to Sovereign Grounds, which will definitely be another post.
Cost of purchases & tip: $14.96
Cost of gas*: $4.27
Total cost: $19.23
10/10 ICE CREAM CONES
*When estimating gas mileage, we have a good 15 mpg range in our Jeep Liberty, so chances are it costs much less for you per gallon. Sometimes having no car payments means putting up with a terrible mpg. All prices are adjusted based on current gas prices.