The Ice Cream Palace has been operating in Silvis for a lot of years – even though you’d think you’d find ice cream there, Mexican food has always been the main attraction, and pretty good Mexican food at that. It has been years since I’d been there, and decided it was time to see if it was still as good as ever. And it was!
This is a good place to go if you want a big varied menu with very reasonable prices. Everything was reasonable, but offered combo platters that were the cheapest I’ve ever seen. The small consisted of an enchilada, taco and tostado and cost only $5.25. The medium added a tamale to the first 3 of the small for $6.30, and the large included all 4 plus beans and rice for only $7.50. And not only are these combos a good value, but they’re delicious. The taco was crispy, with a lot of meat. The tostadoe was excellent, crispy and fresh, and the enchiladas were huge, with great flavor and came with a mild but good sauce. The rice was – rice, just what you’d find in most Mexican restaurants. But the beans were very creamy and good. The tamale’s filling wasn’t big on flavor, which seems to be the way tamales are, but the gravy on top had a good kick to it, and delivered a flavor that the tamale itself didn’t have. The cheese on these items wasn’t the fine Mexican cheese that you find in restaurants that DON’T use that shredded cheddar – this was a chunky Mexican cheese, delicious..
When you visit, be sure and try the CDR Burrito, even if you have to split it. These really are a treat, and come in different flavors, such as chili and cheese, or rice and beans. We ordered the rice and beans, for $2.70, and it was great! Found out later that CDR stands for carne de res, braised beef in hot sauce, and with the addition of rice and beans, it’s filling and good. The prices for these run $2.70 to $4.20 each.
The menu is full of American sandwiches and appetizers, plus soup and salads, and only three items are over $5.00. There’s also a section of Mexican entrees and dinners, and they, too, are very reasonable, from $4.75 to $9.00, and will almost certainly be as good as the food tried on this visit. There’s also chicken, shrimp and catfish dinners, all for $7.15 to $7.50. And, oh yes, if this isn’t enough, there’s also a breakfast menu served until 11:00AM.
For casual Mexican dining, you couldn’t do any better than the Ice Cream Palace – it’s located at 307 1st Ave., Silvis, and the phone number is 309-755-5829.