June 26, 2011

Kone Korner

Reed's Kone Korner is something of a summer mainstay in Knoxville.   It opens around Memorial Day every spring and closes sometime in the fall, and in between those times, it serves up a lot of ice cream and fast food. 

Kone Korner opened in 2000.  Since then, it has offered soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, shakes and other wonderful ice cream concoctions incorporating a wide array of flavorings and toppings.  They also serve tacos, taco salads, beefburgers, tenderloins, fries, fried cheese balls and other sorts of fast food.   The prices are very reasonable, especially when one factors in the ample serving sizes and the quality of the food.  On nice days, Kone Korner is generally quite busy from lunchtime until closing.   Knoxville also has a DQ, but I can't think of any reason why anyone would want to go to Dairy Queen when Kone Korner is open.

It's really a pretty simple place.    The store itself is a little building located in a good-sized parking lot.  There are several picnic tables arranged beneath a shelter, providing ample seating.  You simply walk up, make your order, and in a couple minutes you've got a tasty summertime treat.

Last time Juli and I stopped by Kone Korner, I got a Banana Split, while she got a Tropical Siberian.  This was sort of unusual, because I usually get a Siberian while she gets a sundae of some sort.

The Siberian is more or less Kone Korner's take on the DQ Blizzard, i.e. a soft-serve vanilla ice cream shake with a whole bunch of tasty ingredients mixed in.   Choices include fruit, nuts, chopped-up candy and cookies and so forth.  The Tropical is made with pecans, coconut and pineapple, but when we order one we always ask them to include some banana as well   They're delicious.

The Banana Split is pretty standard:  A sliced banana and three piles of soft-serve topped with hot fudge and pineapple and strawberry sauces, plus nuts, whipped cream and a cherry (I skipped the whipped cream).  It's an ample helping of ice cream goodness with excellent toppings. 

If you're in or near Knoxville, Iowa on a warm summer day or evening, drop by Kone Korner.  You'll be glad you did.

Reed's Kone Korner is located at 405 West Pleasant Street in Knoxville, IA.  Their hours are Mon-Sat 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday noon to 9 pm.

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