Summer and ice cream.
It’s like they’re meant to go together, right?
So when the 1st birthday of a very special little girl came around this month, it was an easy decision for our family and our dear friends to meet up with all of our kids at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour to celebrate.
Since all of us adults are Orange County natives, and since none of us had been back to Farrell’s since its OC resurgence, we spent the better part of the evening reminiscing about visits to the splendiferous shop years ago for friends’ birthday parties and other celebratory events.
Inside today Farrell’s (the one in Downtown Brea was where we visited), it’s all there, just like it was when we were kids. The straw hats, the drums, the sirens, the over-the-top exuberant staff. And the ice cream. Lots and lots of yummy ice cream.
We were all a bit optimistic as to the size of our stomachs as we ordered a full dinner before ever getting to the ice cream. And I’ll be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at how fantastic Farrell’s food is. My memories of visits as a kid were all about the ice cream. But dinner was just as delicious.
We started with a couple of their Shareable Starters, including the Old-Fashioned Onion Mountain and Chili Cheese Fries, and they were both great. I was already getting full at this point, but it was on to the main entrees.
I had the Gastronomicaldelicatessenepicurian’s Delight (go ahead, try and say it out loud!) or Gastro for short, and it was amazing. A sandwich that used to be served in a three-foot long version, today’s shorter version for one comes with corned beef, ham, oven roasted turkey breast, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Italian dressing on a parmesan roll. Served either hot or cold (I had it hot). And I substituted the standard sea salt fries on the side for Grown Up Mac and 4 Cheese. That mac and cheese was almost a meal in itself.
The kids’ meals have plenty of great options too, including the Grilled Cheese Samich, Chickity Dippers and Grilled Chicken Breast, with the option of either fries or fresh fruit on the side and choice of drink included.
The accompaniment to your meal at Farrell’s is the sirens and singing for all the celebrations—and just about everyone who eats there is celebrating something—so it’s not a quiet or intimate place.
But it’s super fun, especially when they bring the World Famous Farrell’s Zoo to your table. Created by Bob Farrell over fifty years ago, it’s five-and-a-half pounds of awesomeness, including 30 scoops of ice cream.
And if you have anyone in your group with nut allergies, not to worry. We had one in our group that night and Farrell’s was great about accommodating this very common issue. They keep nut-free ice cream (like chocolate, strawberry, vanilla) and utensils in a separate area, so no worries about cross-contamination during preparation of the sundaes. This gave our friends peace of mind.
And for all of my Angels Family readers, this is the second season that Farrell’s is the official sponsor of the Jr. Angels Kids Club. All SoCal Farrell’s locations are selling a limited number of the kits that include:
- 2 Angels Game Ticket Vouchers
– Official Membership Passport
– Exclusive Jr. Angels Kids Club shirt (youth L only) featuring MIKE TROUT
– Jr. Angels Sunglasses
– Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants Gifts
– First in Line for “Kids Run the Bases” on select dates during the summer (June – August)
– Plus other exclusive gifts, including Farrell’s only offers valued at over $30 when purchased at a Farrell’s location
Safe to say we all ate more than we should have, but it was oh, so good. The kids loved it, and were engaged and entertained the entire time. Even the little birthday princess had a ball. We are grateful to Farrell’s for hosting us and allowing us to celebrate a special birthday with our friends.
Do you have something special coming up that you’d like to celebrate at Farrell’s? They have generously provided 2 Farrell’s Zoo Parties for me to giveaway here on the blog. Each Zoo Party includes a Farrell’s Zoo Sundae and soda for up to 10 people and can be used at any Orange County Farrell’s location. (Reservation for the party is required. Additional food and people can be added for charge.)
Just leave a comment below to enter. The giveaway will remain open until 9:00 pm Sunday, August 3. At that time, I’ll select two winners via random.org and will notify the winners via email.
Good luck! And whether you win or not, be sure to get yourself out to Farrell’s sometime this summer. Just make sure you arrive with an empty stomach.
This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Sherri D. and Tirzah Lowe!!
And thanks to all who entered!