Walter Mencken 4 p.m., May 3
Scoops and stamps
Is it a cafe with a post office or a post office with a cafe?
I saw a cool and random thing the other day in Old Town — a combination post office and ice cream parlor.
I’m about 110% sure I’ve been in Korky’s (2371 San Diego Avenue) before, but I didn’t remember the postal outlet. For the sake of accuracy, I don’t think it’s an actual post office per se, but it might as well be. You could buy stamps, mail mail, send a package, and probably even wait in an endless line while the overwhelmed employee(s) scrabble hopelessly against the tide of improperly stamped envelopes and questions like, “can I send this with one stamp even though it weighs too much?”
Yup. Going to the post office can be a real hassle.
It’s really a shame that the ice cream isn’t better. I paid almost $4 for a single scoop of Butterfinger that had an imperfect, icy texture. It was a generous scoop, but still only one scoop. At that price, Ben and Jerry’s is cheaper. I’m unsure of Korky’s ice cream purchasing practices, but knowing the confection’s origins wouldn’t make it any tastier, so I didn’t bother to ask.
Maybe their shakes and such would be a better bet. Even bad ice cream improves with blending and the addition of sugary syrups. For my money, I’d rather walk the single mile down San Diego Avenue to Washington Street to visit Gelato Vero.