Youngsters, adults keep cool at Dairy Delights in Woodbine


July 12, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

QUICKLY BECOMING A neighborhood gathering place, Mr. Teddy's Dairy Delights in Woodbine offers some of the best soft-serve frozen custard around.

With 11 flavors offered daily, not to mention sundaes, banana splits, floats, milkshakes, frozen yogurt and many other specialties, word has spread that Mr. Teddy's is the place to head on warm summer days.

Most evenings, the umbrella-topped picnic tables are full, and business at the pink and white ice-cream trailer is brisk. Ball teams, swimming parties and neighborhood children line up at the screened windows and place their orders with Mr. Teddy himself.

The regulars have tried all the flavors, and everybody has an opinion on which one is the best.

"Coffee and cream is my favorite, but my daughters love peach flavor burst the best," said Rodger Sirk, who opted for a root

beer float on this visit.

Sirk and his wife, Barbara, travel several times a week from their Sykesville home to get ice cream at Mr. Teddy's.

Another customer, Jim Narron, using his best ice-cream eating skills in an attempt to devour a melting, chocolate-dipped, pistachio-flavor cone in the hot noonday sun, summed it up: "It's the best ice cream around."

He's tried them all, but the pistachio is by far his favorite.

A Lisbon local, Narron says that his family visits Mr. Teddy's three or four times a week. He often finds an excuse to drop by during the workday, and his children bicycle to Mr. Teddy's as often as they're allowed.

In its first year of operation, Mr. Teddy's Dairy Delights has gotten rave reviews and a warm welcome from the community. Owner Ted Gill says business is good and customers are appreciative.

The ice-cream operation is an offspring of Gill's popular family restaurant, Mr. Teddy's Deli. Both businesses are in the Lisbon Shopping Center, Route 94 in Woodbine.

Overstuffed subs and deli sandwiches have made the deli a local success for the past four years. Offering "top quality products," Gill hopes to build a "solid, first-class reputation, where customers know that they can get a good sandwich or meal all the time."

Before opening his ice-cream operation, Gill spent a year researching the project. Drawing on his experience in the restaurant business, he had the ice-cream trailer custom-designed and fitted with top-of-the-line equipment.

Then came the decision about which type of frozen custard to serve. He can't tell us the name of the frozen custard he uses -- it's a trade secret -- but he assures us that it's the best you'll ever taste.

Mr. Teddy's Dairy Delights is open from noon to 10 p.m. daily March through October. Information: (410) 442-4610.

Winfield golf tourney

Enjoy a day on the links while helping to support Winfield Recreation Council's fall football and cheerleading programs.

The fund-raiser will be held at The Links at Challedon, Gillis Falls Road, Mount Airy.

Tee-off is set for 8 a.m. Aug. 17. Registration begins at 7: 15 a.m. The cost is $85, which includes golf and lunch on the course.

Prizes will include a new car for the player that hits a hole in one. Other prize categories are longest drives by men and women and the top four team scores.

Information: Fran Schmitz at 795-5562 or Dena and Nick Horik at 875-5766.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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