Ice cream in Sacramento: Gunther’s Ice Cream vs Vic’s Ice Cream

The Merlino’s Orange Freeze  post got me to thinking about our original ice cream places both started in the 1940s.  I love Vic’s Ice Cream but my neighborhood was close enough to Gunther’s Ice Cream that we could ride our bikes over there.

For the last few years of elementary school I walked past this shop every single day.  I don’t remember stopping back then but I am sure mom gave me some change and I got a cone.  Nice!!

Besides great ice cream the thing I still love about Gunther’s is the large neon soda jerk on top of the building.

“Juggling Joe” is amazing as he holds an ice cream scoop in one hand and a cone in the other.  Then, in that remarkable neon way, Joe flips the ice cream scoop over his head and right into the cone!!

He never misses.  Check Joe out here  great pic of Joe tossing his ice cream onto the cone in all of his great neon-ness.  This is the actual movement of Joe.  Static pic is below.

I’ll take a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of vanilla, please!

What’s cool about Gunther’s Ice Cream now?  Well the owners are Harley riders so you can’t go wrong.


Gunther’s Quality Ice Cream• 2801 Franklin Blvd. • 916.457.3339
Come in and experience Sacramento’s oldest Ice Cream Parlour, established in 1940. Homemade ice cream made on the premises. Also serving soups and sandwiches. Open 7 days a week 10 am–10 pm. This is one of Sacramento’s landmarks with the original moving neon sign of Juggling Joe. Owners are active Harley riders and have been involved with H.O.G. for over 10 years.
Vic’s Ice Cream is a great choice.  No Juggling Joe neon sign, but excellent ice cream made on site and food as well.  The owners aren’t H.O.G. members, but they are real nice folks.
When Congressman Robert Matsui was still alive he and his wife Doris (now Congresswoman Doris Matsui) often dined at this little ice cream parlor/restaurant.
     (916) 448-0892    

3199 Riverside Boulevard

I say try one flavor every day at both Gunther’s & Vic’s!!

Make sure you try Vic’s Ice Cream too.  Sacramento is fortunate that both of  these neighborhood institutions have survived and continue so strong. These businesses survive and provide kids and families with their great tasting ice cream.


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