DINING: Graeter’s for beginners

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E

Not since Starbucks poured its first venti in Indianapolis (for you history buffs, that was 1999 at Butler University) has there been an indulgence-deliverer more eagerly anticipated here than the arrival of Graeter’s Ice Cream.

Opening in a former dry cleaning spot in the Illinois Street shops (5560 N. Illinois St., 253-1405) with another to follow in Fishers, Graeter’s has an army of welcoming fans who no longer have to make pilgrimages to Cincinnati to satisfy their cravings.

The new Illinois Street spot is short on parking—and the seating inside is limited to tiny two-seat tables—but otherwise there’s little here to disappoint fans or newbies.

ae-maingraeters-1-15col.jpg Graeter’s first Indy store, on Illinois Street, features standards such as the Banana Split. (IBJ Photos/ Eric Learned)

For the sake of the latter, here’s a beginner’s guide.

• Origin. Graeter’s traces its history back to 1868, when Louis Graeter arrived in Cincinnati and began selling his ice cream at a street market.

• French pot. While it sounds like something that could get you 5-to-10, French pot is actually a small-batch process in which two gallons of ice cream are hand-swirled and slow-frozen. The result is an ice cream low on added air while not being overly dense.

• Flavors. Graeter’s scoops ($2.99 for one, $4.59 for a double) are big on its chocolate chips—actually chocolate chunks—which find their delicious way into such choices as Toffee Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and the one I recommend for your first visit, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. Also available here: Bourbon Ball—a favorite of the Kentucky-based franchise owner.

• Toppings. You’ll find a wide range but not a lot of surprises. Don’t expect the absurd assortment you find in most yogurt shops.

• Fresh ingredients. Graeter’s boasts of using Ohio-farmed fresh cream and milk (with no artificial growth hormones) and 100 percent cane sugar.


• Sundaes. For $4.99, you can have your ice cream transformed into, among others, a Banana Split (the pecans are a nice, crunchy touch), and a Cookie Monster (combining cookie dough chip, cookies and cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry).

• Beyond ice cream. This Graeter’s also sells sorbet and gelato, but ice cream is its raison d’etre.

• Grab and go. Pints of ice cream and gelato ($4.89) are also available to go—along with candy (both Graeter’s branded and not) and, oddly, greeting cards.•


  • Smart 1st location
    Location may be inconvenient for you Patty, but I think it is a smart location for them. Close to Butler campus with a never ending student population, great Meridian Kessler location for families, 1 block south of the Tow Path, 1 block west of Meridian at 56th for communters and in one of the top producing $ markets in the city (56th & Illinois)for business. But for those out there that don't want to make the trip Graeter's pints are available at many local groceries. Enjoy responsibly!
  • Carmel.
    Too inconvenient of a location...(ex-Buckeye).
    • Greater Graeter's
      I think they lace their ice cream with heroin and nicotine. That stuff is very addictive. And honestly, as good as the ice cream is, the sorbets are even better, and probably half the calories. (from an ex-Cincinnatian and longtime fan)

    Post a comment to this story

    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by

    facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
    Subscribe to IBJ
    1. Angela IS the best RD

    2. We are a nation of speed. All of our younger lives are filled with deadlines, quotas and bottom lines. We start to ease out of the pressured rat-race when we finally see "retirement." The most enjoyable travel on the planet is passenger rail service. Indy to Chicago does not beat Megabus or Southwest Airlines in speed. Passenger rail however has the best seating, mammoth legroon, seat backs that recline to more than 45 degrees and employers that really want you to return as a customer. Indiana municipalities need to maintain subsidies to support this transportation mode. Losing it is loss for all of us.

    3. Good day! I just want to testify how i got my loan from Mr. Eric Lefkofsky after i applied several times from various loan lenders who claimed to also testify right in this forum,i thought the testimonies where real and i applied but they never gave me loan. I was in need of an urgent loan to start a business and i applied from various loan lenders who promised to help but they never gave me the loan. Until a friend of mine introduce me to this popular Mr. Eric Lefkofsky who promised to help me and indeed he did as he promised without any form of delay. I never thought there are still reliable loan lenders until i met Mr. Eric lefkofsky who indeed helped me with the loan and changed my belief. I promised to share this testimony after I got my loan. I don't know if you are in any way in need of a genuine and urgent loan,free feel to contact Mr. Eric Lefkofsky via their email{grouponfunding@hotmail.com}

    4. Its a THUG issue. Bleecker Street and NYX are thug bars. They attract thugs of all races. Places that attract thugs need to be kicked out of Broad Ripple. Ain't nobody got time for that!

    5. Hello everyone, My name is Marian Gareth, I am from the Texas, United State, am here to testify of how i got my loan from Mr Andre Frank {frankloancompany@yahoo.com} after i applied Two times from various loan lenders who claimed to be lenders right in this forum,i thought their lending where real and i applied but they never gave me loan. I was in need of an urgent loan to start a business and i applied from various loan lenders who promised to help but they never gave me the loan.Until a friend of mine introduce me to Mr Andre Frank the C.E.O of Andre Frank Loan Company who promised to help me with a loan of my desire and he really did as he promised without any form of delay, I never thought there are still reliable loan lenders until i met Mr Andre Frank, who really help me with my loan and changed my lief for better. I don't know if you are in need of an urgent loan, free feel to contact Mr Andre Frank on his email{ Frankloancompany@yahoo.com} for help