If I had to choose between real sustenance and something sweet, sweets would win every time. For me, there’s nothing better than sinking my teeth into a moist and yummy piece of chocolate cake or savoring the flavor of a homemade sweet potato pie. I just can’t resist the urge to indulge myself every now and then. Recently, I had a craving for a banana split ice cream. 

Although Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe has been around for a long time, this is my first time trying it. I love the retro look and old-fashioned feel of this place. The atmosphere is such a relaxing vibe for reading a book while having some ice cream or enjoying some quiet time alone. It is also a budget-friendly afternoon date and hangout spot.

Borden’s offers numerous ice cream flavors, ice lattes, frappes, sundaes, sherbets and milkshakes. However, if you’re not in the mood for ice cream, Borden’s offers a list of other dishes for patrons to choose from. These dishes include: nachos and cheese, hot dogs, frito pies and chili dogs.

Today, my mouth was watering for the Banana Royale. The Banana Royale is basically a fancier name for the classic banana split ice cream. This dish consists of two slices of banana topped with strawberries, chocolate syrup, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry on top. What sets the Banana Royale apart from the traditional banana split is that walnuts are added.

This dish was so delicious and flavorful. To say I almost did not order this dish because of the walnuts, they ended up giving a nice taste of crunchiness throughout each bite of the ice cream. The ice cream itself was so soft and creamy. I can honestly say that this is my new favorite ice cream flavor.

While Borden’s is filled with delicious treats, food and beverages, it is also a place that has rich history and one of the many culinary gems that Lafayette has to offer. Did you know that Borden’s has been open since the 1940s and that the University of Southwest Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, inherited the ice cream parlor in 1981? Not only that, but its Lafayette location is owned by Kackie Lerille and is the last retail Borden’s in the world.

Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe is definitely the move if you’re in the mood to chill and enjoy some ice cream. My overall experience was very enjoyable. The customer service is so friendly and engaging with customers. The shop was very neat and clean for patrons to dine. I also like that there is an outside eating area for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors while indulging in a sweet treat. 

Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe is located at the address: 1103 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501. The opening hours are: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.  

So the next time you have a sweet tooth, do yourself a favor and visit Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe.