Mango, bubble gum, cola, pink lemonade. You can get nearly any sweet or sour flavored snow cone at Elmsford's Doc Ice eatery.
"I always say that if people come in, we have 102 flavors," said co-owner Keith Wilson. "And that gives them 101 reasons to come back."
Specializing in snow cones and hot dogs, the Greenburgh-based family-owned Doc Ice opened on August 30, 2010. The owners are brother Keith Wilson, sister Nicole Butler and father Allan Wilson. Their menu also features Philly cheesesteaks, empanadas, chili and sweet potato fries.
"It's an upscale concession type of food place," said Keith. "We wanted it to be off the beaten path with an urban feel to it."
The restaurant's hot dogs are based on what Keith and Nicole ate when they were young. For example, the "B-Team," a beef hot dog with baked beans, bacon, spicy mustard, diced onions and barbeque sauce, got its name because it was what they ate every Tuesday night while watching "The A-Team" on TV.
Other customer favorites include "The A.M.," a beef sausage with a scrambled or fried egg, cheddar cheese, bacon and mayonnaise, and "Chedda Heaven," a beef hot dog with extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese, bacon and spicy tomato relish.
While they serve snow cones in regular flavors like cherry and banana, they also carry offbeat tastes like Tiger Blood (strawberry/coconut), peanut butter and Cajun Red Hot.
Their biggest sellers are the "blues," said Nicole, like blue raspberry and blueberry, and the "greens," like green apple and cantaloupe/melon.
"The only thing that might match our snow cones are the ones that the vendors used to push around in their carts," said Allan, a Greenburgh resident since 1953. "They had three flavors: lemon, orange and grape. And the kids were so happy."
What is your favorite flavor of snow cone?
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