I’ve already professed my undying love for the Balboa Bar in this post. But trust me; no matter what you call these ice cream bars, they are delicious by any name. And now I’ve found them right here in Long Beach all thanks to Naples Rib Company!
They call it a “Naples Bar” but it’s the same thing as the Balboa Bar: A plain, vanilla ice cream bar dipped in chocolate then smothered in sprinkles and/or some other candy coating. It’s magically delicious. I don’t know if it’s because it’s so entirely classic or because the buyer has a say in how it’s made, but whatever it is, it’s summer on a stick… all year long.
There is one hitch with these ice cream bars. See, T really doesn’t like chocolate much (IKnowRight?!) and that always becomes an issue when it comes to desserts. It took me some (OK a LOT) of convincing to go here and try these treats, so in our case it was good to learn that one can coat the Naples Bar with the toppings without it being robed in the chocolate. I am so glad we resolved that problem for you, T.
Now usually when we head to Balboa Island for the bars, we head over on the ferry to ride the Ferris wheel and play games on the Peninsula. While Long Beach doesn’t have a vehicle ferry (that I know of), it does have a boardwalk zone complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel, and nearby arcade with bowling alley. It’s just not right near where you can get the Naples Bars, but it’s close enough.
The Pike at Long Beach is a place that we’d always seen at a short distance from across the street at the Aquarium (sort of hard to miss that Ferris wheel!) yet we had never really visited its attractions until a few months ago. That’s mostly because the hours of operation are quite limited outside of summertime. But it’s summer now and the Pike is open for full-time business, which is great news for T as he’s been dying to get back on that wheel (and so have I!).
I figure after our next Naples Bar outing, T and I can drive 10 minutes up Ocean Boulevard from Naples Rib Company into to downtown Long Beach to the Pike for games and rides. No, it’s not exactly the same as an outing to Balboa Island and Peninsula, but it’s so much closer (10 minutes from home versus 45), less congested and crowded (have YOU ever tried to find parking on the Island in the summertime?! yikes), and way cheaper (just the savings on gas alone – !). Anyone care to take a summery spin around town with us?
RMT’ers, what day-trip have you partially or fully recreated right in your own city or neighborhood for your own kids?