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The Parlour

Posted by DID 3 Jun 2011 2 Comments

Just in time for the sweltering heat, The Parlour has hit the Durham streets. In a cool retro-fitted, white mini school bus, The Parlour is a modern-take on the classic ice cream truck. But you won’t find any Push-Pops here, The Parlour is dishing out flavors like salted caramel,  honey chai and Vietnamese coffee topped with offerings like Berenbaum’s homemade doughnuts, ginger butterscotch and mocha whipped cream.

So far we’ve tried scoops of strawberry, salted caramel and honey chai. All were rich, indulgent and popping with flavor. The salted caramel is my favorite and reminds me of the mile-high caramel cakes my great-grandmother used to make every birthday. The ice cream, like the cake, is buttery sweet and lick-your-fingers good. Of note for some, The Parlour does do vegan flavors like strawberry basil.

We’ve also tried a milkshake, which they’ll whip up with any of their ice cream flavor options. We went with Vietnamese coffee. It was excellent with hints of caramel and salt. Any of their milkshakes would pair nicely with a slice of Pie Pushers or a Ko Kyu taco.

Tip: One scoop will run you $3 and it’s pretty small, so you should just go ahead and order two for $4.50 or maybe even go for 3 scoops at $5.50. A milkshake also costs $5.50.

It goes without saying that The Parlour is a welcome site in the Bull City. Currently their schedule seems to be near the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings and outside Fullsteam/Motorco on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons for Motorco’s Bloody Brunch. But as always, to really keep up, follow them on twitter .


  • The Parlour « The Dilettantista said:

    [...] Well, y’all, was the ice cream good?  Worth a drive from Chapel Hill?  Absolutely.  The strawberry was a great strawberry, creamy, not too sweet, and actually tasting of fruit and not chemicals.  But the salted butter caramel, oh my goodness.  That was delicious, so creamy and such a nice blend of sweet and salty and even a hint of bitterness that was entirely welcome.  I could eat a whole pint of that caramel.  That was a winner.  I didn’t take any pictures of my concoction, as I was without camera, but if you want to see the ice cream and the bus you can check out the Facebook link given above or head to Carpe Durham’s review of the Parlor. [...]

  • The Parlour | The Daily Triangle said:

    [...] Carpe Durham mentions, the double-scoop is a better value, so get that for $4.50 & share two different [...]

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