Mary Coyles Ice Cream Parlor: A Phoenix Restaurant Review

You know my love of all things retro, right?  Mary Coyle’s Ice Cream Parlor, located in Central Phoenix, was right up my alley, so to speak, in all it’s retro ice creamy (yes, ice creamy is a real word…I think) goodness.  And what ice creamy goodness it was!

I wandered into Mary Coyle’s with my friend Kathy and her girls, along with my sweet summer side-kick, Little Man.  And by wandered, I mean hurried…and by hurried, I mean bolted…it was ice cream after all,  for crying out loud…what would you expect me to do?!  Sorry…I digress…Let’s just say I was very excited to try out all the goodies Mary Coyle’s had to offer.  What goodies you ask?  Well, Missy (or Mister), you are just going to have to wait patiently.  I have to tell you about the adorable decor first!

The place is cute retro all the way: pink and white striped walls, colossal black booths, black and white awning over a long marble counter-top…I half expected Doris Day and Rock Hudson to come strolling through the door…although I am fairly certain Doris and Rock would bolt through the door, just as I did.


 So….I had a BLT, Little Man had a French Dip, and Kathy had a Pastrami sandwich.  What?!  You though I would talk about ice cream?  We are not ice cream harlots, you know.  We ate lunch first…before we dove into the ice cream.  What a nice lunch it was, too.  My sandwich was fresh, and came with a dish of potato salad that tasted like it was made in the Bronx that morning, perfect New York City style.  Little Man had fresh fruit with his sandwich, and Kathy and her girls had fruit or chips with their sandwiches.

The lunch menu had a variety of options, heavy on the family-friendly grilled cheese, hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as soup, salads, and of course sandwiches.

The ice cream?  Oh my!  Mary Coyle’s makes its ice cream on the premises, with 15% butterfat, so was fresh and creamy-no old freezer taste here!  This place has 38 regular ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt flavors, plus 6-10 seasonal and specialty flavors.

They have every flavor of ice cream topping you could imagine, and sundae combinations that would make the Queen swoon. Ice cream bowls, milkshakes, floats, and malts are standard fare at Mary Coyle’s, but for the adventurous, Mary Coyle’s has the “showboat” with 2,3, or 4 scoops of ice cream, a variety of syrups and toppings, and topped off with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry.  Then there’s the “Hill”, “Mountain”, and “Grand Canyon”, with 4, 7, and 11 pounds of ice cream (respectively), enough topping you could bathe in it, and whipped cream and cherry (of course)!

Because I was with Kathy, I restrained myself, and did not get the “mountain”.  Instead, I got a simple, yet decadent coffee ice cream with hot fudge, nuts, whipped cream, and cherry.  I was in nut heaven.  Little Man got a waffle bowl with mint chocolate chip and fudge sauce, and Kathy and the girls each got a two-scoop dish of ice cream.


To top off our day, a group of ladies at another table started serenading the room with vintage tunes-I do not know if they were a visiting woman’s group or choir, but it was perfect for the mood of the restaurant.  The only thing missing from Mary Coyle’s is a jukebox in the corner, but their sweet melody took care of that need for us.

 What a delightful day we had…great company, great conversation, great food, and great ice cream!


Mary Coyle’s is located at 5521 N 7th Avenue, between Camelback and Bethany Home Rd.  To find out more, visit their website at

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Disclaimer:  This was an anonymous visit/review of Mary Coyle’s.  I received no monetary or product compensation, and Mary Coyle’s did not know I would be reviewing.

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Julie is the Arizona-based lifestyle writer/editor of A Cork, Fork, & Passport. She is an accomplished chef, traveler, kid wrangler, dachshund chaser, and social media expert.
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