My family and I finally got to eat at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant located the Shops at Mission Viejo. It was amazing! The highlight of the meal was their strawberry ice cream. I’m not kidding, they serve the best strawberry ice cream I have ever tasted. They somehow managed to make it taste like fresh, sweet strawberries without putting actual strawberry chunks in it.
The five of us (Joe had to go to work before we got seated) split two “Pig’s Troughs.” The Pig’s Troughs are giant banana splits with two scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The vanilla ice cream is smothered in sweet strawberry sauce, the chocolate is blanketed with pineapple sauce (something I personally did not enjoy but my sister devoured) and the strawberry was coated in a decadent chocolate syrup. Of course whipped cream, nuts and three cherries topped it off. We got ribbons for finishing the troughs and had to stand up and sing a song about being piggies. I thought it was great, but I think my dad could have done without the song.
Great food is even better when accompanied by great service. All the servers at Farrell’s were smiling, energetic and helpful. Once we actually got seated the service was very prompt. There was one server who’s only job was to go around and entertain the guests. He interacted with all the customers, got kids to get up and dance with him, made fun of the dads, complimented the moms and joyfully announced birthdays, piggy awards and the entrance of “The Farrell’s Zoo.”
Along with the amazing desserts, the fun family friendly atmosphere made the experience worth the two hour wait. However, we all agreed that we wouldn’t ever endure that wait again. Next time we will get a group of 10 people, make a reservation, and split one of those giant “Zoos.”