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“Al Capone was a frequent customer”

Homer's Ice Cream Company
Ranked #1 of 3 Dessert in Wilmette
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
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Reviewed June 28, 2017

According to legend, notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone, who had a lakefront cottage in nearby Glencoe, was a frequent and very satisfied customer of Homer's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor, which opened in 1935 at 1237 Green Bay Road in Wilmette. Well, Homer's has been doing business at its original location for more than 80 years so Big Al must have been happy with founder Gus Poulos' home-made ice cream. Today, Gus' sons, Steve and Dean, carry on a business that attracts customers from all over the Chicago area and has won awards such as "best ice cream in Chicago" from Chicago magazine, North Shore magazine and Pioneer Press, "best ice cream in the nation" by the American Tasting Institute and "top 10 ice cream in the country" by Bon Appetit magazine. Since 1935, Homer's has produced thousands of hot fudge sundaes, cream caramel sundaes and pineapple sundaes. There are 40 gourmet ice cream flavors to choose from, including coco-almond chip, chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, pistachio, strawberry, coconut, Oreo cookie, butter pecan, chocolate chip, caramel, egg nog, maple walnut, peach, pumpkin pie, Heath Bar crunch, French vanilla, chocolate and chocolate chip cookie dough. Or choose one of 12 sorbets, including key lime, strawberry, black raspberry, passion fruit and lemon. Or one of four fruit sherbets--orange, rainbow, lemon and raspberry. Or one of four frozen yogurts--chocolate, raspberry, strawberry and French vanilla. And if you can't make the long trip to Chicago's North Shore, you can order online. How about nine pints of ice cream for $99.50, shipped in two days by Federal Express with enough dry ice to ensure quality and freshness? Al Capone would have liked that, too.

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Reviewed April 25, 2017

Homer's is synonymous with the North Shore. It has been around longer than this reviewer, and has never missed a beat on quality, size of portions, and ambiance (if one can call lots of families with kids running to and fro, and lots of noise, especially after baseball, basketball and football games, ambiance). The din is really quite endurable, and in no way detracts from eating in. The home-made ice cream is Homer's signature menu item. There are an unexpectedly large number of flavors to choose from, but common to them all is a rich, creamy texture and abundant quantities of eatables such as pecans in the Butter Pecan, and stripes of chocolate in the vanilla fudge. The price to value is amazing - large quantities, served fresh, always, and if one is taking out, the freshness is still there when you arrive at your destination of consumption. Homer's was opened and conceived as a diner like eatery; it has retained that atmosphere. Simply good good food. Enjoy.

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Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

I've been here a few times now. It is a really great local ice cream place and is well known all around Wilmette. The ice cream is delicious and is given in a substantial amount. The line is usually a little bit long. Food is bought at the counter but it is really fast food. The location seems a little old and just a little dirty. Overall great ice cream.

Thank Jake R
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Reviewed February 15, 2017

It's been awhile since I've had Homer's ice cream and it is still as good as ever. Even though it may not have as many flavors as other ice cream shops, their ice cream is one of the best I've ever tasted. You can't go wrong with any of their ice creams.

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Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Family came in from out-of-town, and everyone wanted to visit Homer's for dessert. Three generations all found flavors to enjoy.

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