One day after a USA Today food writer dubbed White River Junction the "Brooklyn of Vermont" and Big Fatty's its BBQ godfather, I inhaled a Little Piggy sandwich, downed two glasses of iced tea and, discerning some remaining room, went out in search of another culinary adventure.
Where, I wondered, was L'il Brooklyn's best ice cream cone?
I wandered the historic streets, strolling past storefronts offering gourmet lampshades, Turkish food, chic jeans and strong coffee. I drifted by the cartoon school, remembered boffo theater productions, made plans for an afternoon yoga class.
But that scoop shop? Nowhere in sight.
Should I high-tail it to Hanover for some gelato, light out for Wilder or West Leb? Nope, I wanted to be true to my village. So I journeyed up Sykes Mountain Avenue and got the best cone Rio Blanco can provide.
At Mickey D's.
Hey, don't judge. My treat was cold, creamy and sweet. It came with the following ingredients: milk, sugar, cream, corn syrup, natural flavor, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, guar gum, carrageenan, vitamin A palmitate. With the cone, it weighed in at a cool 200 calories.
All that for just $1.49. And who says White River doesn't have it all?