One of my good friends has been raving about this new ice cream shop in Kennebunkport since last summer… Sadly, I never made it over there before the season was over. Sunday morning, I had a little finishing up in the front garden that was receiving a much-needed makeover and then we decided we would spend the afternoon in Kennebunkport and grab some lunch and finally go to Rococo. After the baby woke from his late-morning nap, we headed out! Our selected lunch spot was Alisson’s, located right in the square. I hadn’t been to Alisson’s since high school when one of my friends worked there. They have some vegetarian options and a kid’s menu, so we were all set! They also have great seafood.
Here comes our food!David got their veggie burger – the only reason why I didn’t get it is because it was made with portobello (and black beans and asiago cheese… the mushroom part heebie-jeebied me out). When I complain that the baby is a picky eater, I have to remind myself that, I, too, am a picky eater. That being said, I braved it and tried a bite; it was tasty.So, instead, I opted for the Annie Artichokely and some lemonade. The Annie is a mozzarella, spinach, artichoke panini with some garlic herb mayo concoction. It was delicious. Their fries are pretty good, too.Moment of truth. We had walked by Rococo already and it was only a few stores away from Alisson’s so we didn’t have far to go… thankfully since we were already full!Rococo Artisan Ice Cream has 14 flavors to choose from on the daily. If you check out their flavors list online, it is quite extensive. I had my heart set on a flavor that didn’t happen to be out that day… so, if you check out their website, don’t get set on something until you get there and see what they have. Honest mistake on my part! Ok, anyway, we walk into the tiny shop and there is a swarm of people in there. When we walked out, the line was out of the door and down the porch!
David is much more adventurous when it comes to new ice cream flavors than I am. I stuck with my old time favorite, the dark chocolate, after a toss up between that and the grapefruit sorbet. David, being David, got the Banana Hot Ball. It is precisely as it sounds. Banana ice cream with candy hot balls rolled in for some spice. He loved it. I could barely finish my ice cream as it was so rich and delicious… I even shared with the baby – and he approved with a face covered with chocolate.We both agreed that this ice cream shop is being added into our ice cream rotation (we have a good habit of getting ice cream a few times a week). I think it is totally worth the 30-minute drive.
After our ice cream treat, we took a little walk around Ocean Ave and the Square. We checked out a cute toy store, walked over this new-ish bridge with an interesting view of “downtown” from different perspective than I was used to (see photo below) and I had to peel David away from the candy shop like he was 5-years-old again.We are pretty lucky to live in a state that has cities and tiny towns with a ton of cute shops and delicious food so close by. Regardless of where you are staying in Southern Maine, if you have a chance, visit Kennebunkport and Kennebunk’s Lower Village – and just around the corner is Kennebunk’s vast sandy beaches where you can bask in the sun in the summer.