In business since 1927, Hildebrandt's luncheonette, soda fountain and ice cream parlor is the real Retro Roadmap deal. As soon as you drive down Hillside avenue in Williston Park, NY you can't help but notice the light green vitrolite exterior of this corner shop, and the wonderful neon sign with the classic Hildebrandt's logo.
Oh how I wish the tree wasn't there so I could've taken a better photo of my favorite word, Luncheonette!
As we walked through the door we really got that "stepped back in time" feeling, with the tile floor, counter with swivel stools and small dining area in the back with cute deco tables. Since we had only just had breakfast, it seemed as if an ice cream or sweet treat was in order, so we sat at the marble counter right next to the great vintage coke dispenser.
As we sat waiting for our treats I was happy to see the place filling up with parents and kids, grandparents and kids, just some kids, just some adults, and it felt like the place was coming to life. They are known for their Italian specialties as well as their classic lunch counter fare.
Just down the end of the counter we could see the grill where they make their famous "fries" which are really round potato slices fried golden brown. I read in Hamburger America by George Motz (where I actually found out about this place -thanks George! )he has included their burger is one of the top 100 burgers in the nation. If only my belly wasn't so full from breakfast!
Not that that stopped me from ordering and eating most of a dish of home made ice cream:
As you can see they still use old fashioned metal ice cream dishes so the ice cream doesn't melt so fast. They also use classic soda fountain glasses for their raspberry lime rickeys. Suzanne was kind enough to indulge my "let me take a photo of it first" Retro RoadRule to show you her refreshing drink.
When it isn't so incredibly hot out, they also make home made chocolates, and I hear it's THE place to come get your Easter candy.
There was a message on Hildebrandt's menu that to me sums up the raison d'etre of Retro Roadmap, in a nutshell:
Since 1927...Because One Person Tells Another.
It's as easy as that, folks! Hopefully I'm telling you all about this wonderful vintage corner shop so you'll make a stop there and we can keep the place going 'til their 100th anniversary and beyond!