Sugar Bowl: Best Ice Cream Parlor in Scottsdale, Arizona

Sugar Bowl interior space in the past.
Sugar Bowl interior space in the past.
Sugar Bowl interior space in the past.

For anyone who grew up in the 6th largest city in the United States during the last 60 years, ice cream is inseparable from the name Sugar Bowl. When the ice cream parlor and restaurant first opened its doors in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1958, it awakened a widespread frenzy.

Since then, “Valley of the Sun” residents and well-informed tourists dash to Scottsdale’s cotton-candy pink gem for the taste-tempting fresh “Almost Praline Sugar Bowl” Ice Cream, “Dusty Road,” and “Top Hat” Sundaes and “Desireme” Banana Split. Because this perennial favorite’s scrumptious sweet treats can inspire a kind of childlike delight in a bite.

Sugar Bowl interior in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Sugar Bowl, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

In this virtually unchanged concerning its menu, decoration, and location sugary sweet landmark, visitors can choose among a great variety of tasty dishes, such as sandwiches, soups, salad bowls, as well as fruit and meat combinations. The menu, also, includes ice creams, fresh fruit sherbets, camelback sodas, creamy shakes and malts, sparkling ice capades, refreshing floats, beverages, super fancy sundaes and splits, parfaits, and other dessert delicacies.

Lots of well-known ballplayers visited Jack Huntress‘ Sugar Bowl in the ’60s and ’70s to enjoy authentic American food and fountain treats. Inside the historic ice cream parlor that opened on Christmas Eve 1958, visitors can admire Cactus League memorabilia that the Huntress family owns, two newspaper stories and a letter focusing on American baseball player Tony Horton and Scottsdale’s pink paradise written in 1963 when the Boston Red Sox trained at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Sugar Bowl has been featured in the drawings of American cartoonist Bil Keane for the newspaper comic The Family Circus. Several of ice cream parlor’s sweet moments as they appeared in Keane’s hilarious strips are hung around the pink filed diner, and along with other Sugar Bowl memorabilia are available for purchase.

Sugar Bowl
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 am – 10 pm, Friday through Saturday 11 am – 12 am, Sunday 11 am – 10 pm
Address: 4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251, USA
Phone: 480-946-0051