Indianapolis is home to many cute neighborhoods with their own personalities and fantastic eateries and what many would agree is the pinnacle of these neighborhoods is Broad Ripple. No matter what time of day you visit, Broad Ripple Avenue is alive with people shopping and snacking on local popcorn or heading to the Union Jack Pub for grub and a drink. You can always find the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, big or small, no matter what time of day. Some of my favorites include Nicey Treat, Petite Chou, and now Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station, otherwise known as BRICS.
At first you might think that the “Station” part of their name is just their cute way of saying “shop,” until you pull up to find that this ice cream shop is located in a converted train station along the Monon Trail where the railroad used to run. It’s the perfect little location- ample seating in the cozy interior complete with a fireplace and great seating outdoors on the porch next to the locals running and walking their dogs on the trail. The benches along the walls hark back to the station’s days of old when passengers would await the train inside, but now you can pass the time with a glass bowl of ice cream.
One reason I love BRICS is its dedication to helping the environment in many little ways. I was surprised when our server offered us samples on tiny silver spoons that they can wash and reuse for more customer samples. We were given water in glass tumblers and when we asked for ice cream served in a cup, it came in a glass sundae dish that made us feel quite fancy.
I should also mention that our “single servings” in our fancy dishes were so large I could barely finish eating my serving of strawberry and chocolate choo-choo ice creams. The flavor decision wasn’t easy to come to especially after trying a few samples that made the choice much more difficult. They had fun flavors like sherbet, playdough, and cotton candy funfetti, as well as classics like butter pecan, pistachio, and mint chocolate chip. There is certainly something for everyone and I could definitely see myself coming here with kids someday where we could all find a flavor we love.
Of course the chocolate with chocolate ripple was delicious and the strawberry was a classic choice. Josh got the black raspberry ice cream with chocolate chunks and I must say I regret not getting that myself. It tasted like a raspberry truffle (one of my favorite treats) with rich chocolate chunks that melt in your mouth. BRICS gets all of their ice cream from Sherman’s in South Haven, Michigan where they churn all of their ice creams the old-fashioned way- by hand! The quality and natural flavorings shine through with every bite.
We loved BRICS, even on a blustery fall day and can’t wait to go back and enjoy new flavors in a tall sundae glass in their cozy train station- though I think next time I’ll get a nice old-fashioned sundae and enjoy their delicious ice creams with some hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry.