Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It was a 90-degree-day in Strawberry Mansion and we found King’s smooth, slushy water ice on 1641 N. 33rd St. We both ordered a gelato with either red raspberry or mango water ice and vanilla custard. It was delicious and luckily passed inspection this year.
On October 2, 2008, King’s water ice had two serious violations. According to healthinspections.com, cold foods must be stored below 41 degrees Fahrenheit in order to prevent bacteria growth. The uncovered food was found in the prep area of the establishment that was not protected from contamination.
In order to own a food establishment, there is a requirement to obtain the City of Philadelphia Food Safety certificate. Last year, King’s was not certified to serve food in Strawberry Mansion. Immediate corrective action was taken place and both violations have been corrected since.
Today, the water ice stands in full glory with residents enjoying flavors like pink lemonade, strawberry-kiwi and banana. Small groups of friends, couples and teenagers stayed cool in the shade underneath the red and white awning eating their ice cream and water ice. The smiles and laughter in the parking lot brought light to a neighborhood we did not find so inviting at first.
Fairmont Park is steps away from the all the action. Mothers were holding hands of their children as they walked up to order in front of a glass window for the King’s employee’s protection.
An older woman stood in a long line in anticipation as she glanced at the vast flavors of water ice. She ordered a medium lemon ice and a pizza. She glanced over to us and said, “this is the best water ice in this city, it’s delicious.”
King’s also serves soft pretzels, pizza and ice cream. Our small gelato was only two dollars but was filled the brim with delicious vanilla custard. This was a great treat in a neighborhood that isn’t so bad after all.
By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer- Team 18, Brewerytown/Strawberry Mansion
Posted by jonathan braymer at 9:10 PM