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Friday, July 30, 2010

Remembering Farrell's, the Ice Cream Parlors That Gave Us the Zoo

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM

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We miss the dearly departed Farrell's, an ice cream parlor which boasted of 130 locations in the '70s and '80s. We don't pine for the turn of the last century costumes (though that facial hair in the pic above is definitely cool again) or the pomp and circumstance of songs, bells, whistles, and assorted other quirks that used to accompany a Farrell's birthday treat, but we do long for the Zoo, a pig trough's worth of decadent ice cream sundae that left the ickiest, messiest aftermath. The Zoo, now that we think of it, might have been the dish that kickstarted a lifetime of gluttony for many in the Bay Area.

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Farrell's isn't completely gone, fortunately; there are two locations in Hawaii and two in Southern California, including a new Mission Viejo outpost that opened late last year. What do you remember about the Bay Area parlors?

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