Thursday, August 18, 2011

Burgers and Ice Cream in Rockaway

P&H Soda Co
I'm crazy jonesing for the beach after my trip out to Coney Island. So when a friend asked to meet up in Rockaway Beach, how could I say no? I've liked going to the Rockaways since high school, though I haven't had the chance to visit much in the past decade. I have yet to visit the hipster haven of Rockaway Taco, and I have mixed feelings about the changing dynamics occurring out there. But the beach and hamburgers beckoned....

Rippers Cheeseburger
First stop for me was Rippers, the new burger stand at Beach 86th Street. I love me a good burger, and when I saw that this was only $6.50, I was excited for a good cheap burger. Unfortunately, I came at exactly the wrong time. A beach volleyball event had ordered a crazy amount of food right before me, making my wait extra-long. In an attempt at hasty expedition for the waiting patrons, the burgers were all over salted and rushed. I do want to try them again when the kitchen isn't so overwhelmed. Mine was a good beach burger, but not great enough to warrant the A train ride.

Rippers Cheese Fries
The fries were also pretty good, but I'd be hesitant to say A-ride worthy. Our cheese fries didn't come with a whole lot of cheese, and well, it's that the point of ordering cheese fries? To eat a lot of cheese? They are fried up nice and well-seasoned. If you're out in Rockaway, they should definitely warrant a stop by.

Blue Marble Ice Cream
Due to evening plans, my trip was cut shorted than I'd hoped (this happens when your day involves a hour long train ride.) But prior to leaving, my friend and I wandered over to the Beach 96th concession stand. I was initially looking at Babycakes' offerings when I noticed the coffee stand selling Blue Marble Ice Cream. How could I say no to that?! They only had chocolate and vanilla, and a scoop sets you back $3. If you've never had Blue Marble, you're missing out. It's local and organic, and creamy deliciousness. I love their chocolate since they're heavy-handed with the cocoa. Every trip to the beach deserves some ice cream and having some of the best ice cream in New York is always worth it for me.

Rippers is at Beach 86th Street and the Boardwalk. I found the Blue Marble Ice Cream at what I think is the AND coffee stand at Beach 96th Street and the Boardwalk.

6 comments:

Feisty Foodie said...

I think I will head to Rockaway Beach tomorrow. I've been meaning to do so...

Feisty Foodie said...

Did you have any of the P&H? I've been meaning to try them... didn't know they were in Rockaway!

the [sugar] apothecary said...

Oh no! A friend of mine was probably part of that burger-hogging volleyball party... He goes to Riis Park every week for practice. Looks like the trip turned out pretty well, though! Ice cream and burger and (kind of) cheesy fries! Can't go wrong.

Blondie said...

@Feisty Glad you made it yesterday. I've never tried P&H, did you get a chance?

@[sugar] The only thing that could have made the trip better was if I could have gotten a taco. The crowd was too big at Rockaway Taco for me to even consider it!

Feisty Foodie said...

No, though I walked by - they were out of pineapple so I decided against it. And Rockaway Taco's stand in Rockaway Beach (past Babycakes) doesn't sell tacos, or they didn't yesterday anyway.

Blondie said...

No, the concession stand doesn't sell tacos-not really sure why though. The real Rockaway Taco is down 96th Street at Rockaway Beach Blvd.