You know a place has got the goods when you can get your ex-spouse and present paramour there, at the same time, to sample the wares.
When Hugh Alexander Curtas (D.O.B. 10-15-84 – The Official Number Two Son Of ELV) was leaving town the next day to resume his flight from reality to the cosseted confines of academia (i.e., for grad school), there was no other place he wanted to go for his last taste of Vegas than LUV-IT FROZEN CUSTARD.
So after a splendid repast at Raku, he, along with Julia Mandeville (his Official Fiancee), Food Gal Number One (his Official Mother) and The Food Gal® all piled into the car for a taste of frozen custard heaven.
This place has been in the same location since the seventies, but believe it or not, there are folks out there who’ve never been.
Which is a shame, since the line outside Greg Teidemann’s little window on Oakey Blvd. is always chock full of interesting folks from all walks of life: from cops to tourists to families to the ladies of Olympic Garden, in whose shadow Luv-it sits.
Standing there with our grown-up son, put Food Gal Number One and ELV in mind of days gone by, when he was but a small fry, lining up with us at Dr. Mike’s Ice Cream — an iconic/ice-creamic institution in Bethel, Connecticut.
Made famous by Jane and Michael Stern in their first edition of Roadfood, Dr. Mike’s was (and is) about as big a deal as ice cream can get in the Northeast (the ice cream capital of America), and people from five states make pilgrimages to its storefront to get big scoops at a tiny store mere hours after it is made.
Any time it was open, there was always a queue snaking its way out of its flimsy screen door.
And standing in line last week, waiting our turn with our son, as we did on so many nights twenty years ago, reminded us of soft winds and New England summers. Of chocolate lace and cream, Nantucket beaches, roadside hot dogs and lobster roasts.
In other words, it was almost like small-town Connecticut in 1989.
LUV-IT FROZEN CUSTARD
505 East Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104