There is absolutely nothing to do in West Ridge. Growing up in this neighborhood, I joined a soccer league, took swimming lessons, and typically stayed inside to do homework or read my stack of library books. Thus, there is a great deal to be involved in as a kid around here. However, as a young adult, I find myself fairly bored. All the bars (about three...) are pretty run down and target more of the old school folks. However, there have recently been some changes off Western and Lunt that seem to be spicing up this otherwise deserted part of the city.
Lickity Split is located at 7000 N Western Ave. This corner has housed a previous ice cream shop that never seemed to take off. But, Lickity Split won’t be leaving anytime soon. With a friendly young staff, and an overtly saturated view of candy, pastries, and decorations; it’s almost a slightly difficult task to focus on what you want to order.
My sister and I visited last week. Not being able to pick between some options, we decided to split a pride flag shortbread cookie and a Scarlet’s Last Fall sundae. The cookie was sweet and the frosting was tasty, but it was a tad too hard. The sundae contained red velvet cake at the bottom with scoops of vanilla custard, marshmallow creme sauce, raspberries, an abundance of whipped cream, and a cherry to top it all off. My sister and I may or may not have fought for the cherry; in which case, I definitely won. The custard was incredibly delicious and the raspberries added a nice texture. The red velvet cake was a tad dry, but eaten with the custard, it wasn’t as noticeable.
The environment was quite relaxing since we got there as soon as it opened. But, since it is an ice cream shop, a mass of children and babies soon arrived, and the mood quickly changed. Luckily enough, they also have outside seating, so we briefly sat there until we finished our sweet treats.
Lickity Split is most definitely worth a trip. Their custard is rich and thick. They have an assortment of candy that you’ve probably never heard of. Additionally, they also serve old school glass soda bottles. They are adding some color and fun to West Ridge.