Monday, June 28, 2010
Meadows Custard in Columbia
The little chain opened Saturday with its take on Italian ice, custard, frozen yogurt, and other treats. I probably don't have to tell you. The employees were talking about serving 2,000 people for the free cone promotion on opening day, according to Morty Abzug.
If you weren't in those crowds, then you should definitely stop by. Meadows sells custard and Italian ice, and they swirl it a thousand ways -- sundaes, banana splits, and shakes. They even sell espresso, and they have several variations where they pour coffee over custard or swirl them together.
Even with the coffee, it's pretty much like Rita's. We tried a gelati -- the Rita's-style creation with layers of ice and custard. They're both delicious -- good flavor, smooth texture. With all this summer heat, it's just a fun to sit outside and eat something cold. Mrs. HowChow and I probably prefer Rita's black cherry ice, and we love the King's Contrivance fountain. But the desserts are close enough that I'm not sure that I'd drive past Meadows to get that black cherry. The Meadows custard will taste delicious on the benches there.
There is a great dinner to be had at the Harper's Choice village center. You eat dinner at Maiwand Kabob and then walk across the parking lot to Rita's. Meadows just went into a shopping center with a bunch of restaurants. Where would you eat before walking over to Meadows?
Hickory Ridge Village Center
6470 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044
NEAR: This is in the Hickory Ridge center near the Giant. It's off Cedar Lane north of Rte 32 and south of Howard County Hospital.