After dining at the Grant Grill and then attending the San Diego Gay Men's presentation of Madonna, it was late, but not too late, to mosey down to Ghirardelli on 5th Ave - "Restaurant Row."
My wife, Daughter # 2 and SIL (the Navy's Pride) couldn't wait to have an ice cream treat! The only thing missing were my two granddaughters, who love this place, but, regrettably, were too young for tonight's events.
On entering from the street - it's a wide open store front - you take a menu and then line up at the soda fountain to give your order. I opted for a butterscotch hot fudge sundae, my standby since I was 12 years old. My wife took the "World Famous" hot fudge sundae and the other two had the sea salt caramel sundae. Fabuloso (is that Italian?)!
The interior of this establishment replicates an old ice cream parlor. Fun!
The waitstaff pass out their chocolate minis to tempt you on the way out. Their chocolates are lined up on the wall as you exit.
Ghirardelli is the oldest continually operating chocolate manufacturer in America, created in 1852. And you don't last that long without giving a reason for your customers to return. They certainly do!