Forest Lake DQ
My grandparents lived in Forest Lake, so there was no extended visit that took place without a trip to the DQ about a mile south of their home. I remember this being a tiny DQ that had a wooden porch or something in from of it. Perhaps it did 35 years ago, or I am combining this memory with the porch in front of the house where Navin Johnson lived before he made his way in the world in The Jerk.
This was a big DQ, large enough to accommodate a softball team or two. It's a Brazier store, which I like more than Grill and Chills. Grill and Chills seem too much like a Burger King to me.
My done was a good size, a bit taller than average. It was icey, but well within the acceptable range of the Icey/Marshmellow Continuum.
My wife, Sally, is a bit sick of DQ, and she requested some non-DQ ice cream before we left town. There was a tiny, fancy looking ice cream shop a bit closer to DT Forest Lake, but it was closed. Also, the relatively new and fancy ice cream shop next to the lake in the center of town is out of business--making way for a Snap Fitness of all things. I only hope that it was put out of business by DQ. This other ice cream shop was the site of Skateland, the roller rink my grandparents owed.
Anyways, please keep ice cream alive in Forest Lake and shop at the DQ.
Small Vanilla Cone: $1.49
Peanut Buster Parfait: $3.79
(And for the family who might be reading...the grandparents' home, cottage, and even GG's home is gone and landscaped over. There is no sign of the old place. It's rather sad).