There’s truly not much better than ice cream! Except maybe, rolled ice cream. This concept is one I’ve heard circulating around a bit for the last year or so, and to be honest, I never really gave it much thought. But once I heard it was making it’s debut in downtown Homewood, I wanted to give it a whirl, and of course, welcome the new folks to the neighborhood! Side Note: Opening a shop, restaurant, or any business of the like, has got to be absolutely terrifying. These guys always appreciate a bit of love and encouragement! Be sure to do your part in bolstering our community. 🙂
Rolled ice cream is created by pouring a cold creamy mixture onto a very cold steel pan. Once it’s mixed, spread out, and eventually frozen, it’s rolled up with metal spatulas and placed in a cup with a few other rolls and toppings. Like this…
I visited Lucky Cat this week, for one of their soft openings, and it was just fabulous! My first experience with rolled ice cream was the best. Upon walking in, you’re met with Asian-inspired decor and a huge painted red cat mural on the wall. Evidently, and I was quite perplexed by this theme initially, the Asian flare stems from the origin of rolled ice cream. It’s actually a Thai street food! The maneki-neko (beckoning cat) symbolizes good fortune, so the owners, Hannah and Greg are essentially bringing happiness and love, and of course good fortune, to the community. How cool! I absolutely love a businesses or brand with a meaningful mission.
Their menu isn’t huge, but I honestly kind of appreciate that. The items on their menu are all very different from one another and extremely unique. My friend Austin and I tested out the “Trolley Car”. It was a compilation of ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, brownie, whipped cream, and chocolate sticks. My goodness it was flavorful! For the vegan people out there, they even have a vegan base option. Two other flavors that really stood out (aka I would’ve ordered all three if that wouldn’t have been extremely frowned upon) were the “Fairy Tale” and the “Sugar Moon”. The “Fairy Tale” was a combination of rainbow and gold sprinkles, Marshmellow Fluff, a cute little mini waffle cone with sprinkles around the brim, Pocky sticks, and whipped cream. It’s so cute and colorful! The “Sugar Moon” is filled with maple, bacon pieces, chocolate dipped bacon, a mini waffle cone, and whipped cream. Eeep! The food lover in me went crazy over this one, that’s going to be the next one I try, but that night I was just craving chocolate.
Go check out the Grand Opening, it’s happening this weekend! Lucky Cat Rolled Ice Creams is such a fun way to enjoy a classic treat, and is a wonderful and delicious addition to the Homewood (and Birmingham) neighborhood, which is exactly why I included them in my Guide to Valentine’s Day in Birmingham. I’m super excited about this, if you can’t tell!