If you've been craving a sundae from Mitchell's in Oceanside, you have only until Sunday, July 12, to get over there before the diner closes. Co-owner Sheryl Morson said the place was bought by a developer, who will be renting it out to a bank.
By all outward appearances, the 11-year-old Oceanside location looked like every other glittery Long Island diner. True, you could get many typical diner dishes there -- but you could also wash them down with freshly squeezed orangeade and lemonade.
Really, though, what Mitchell's was all about was its house-made ice cream and toppings. Favorite flavors: coffee, intense and creamy. And a pure-tasting vanilla, with variants like chocolate chip and cookies and cream. Favorite topping: shiny, silky, bittersweet hot fudge. But it was the Nutty Professor sundae, ordered on one of my first visits, that made the most vivid impression. I remember watching my husband devour the ornate affair, made with butter pecan and maple walnut ice creams and wet walnut and maple syrup toppings. Later, he pronounced it the best sundae he remembered eating as an adult. Adult? I queried. At Mitchell's, everyone's a kid.
Mitchell's of Oceanside opened in 2004 as an offshoot of Mitchell's in Valley Stream. Morson and her husband, John Drakopoulos, had bought the original Mitchell's (established in 1938) in 1995 and sold it in 2006 to the Dimitrios family, who runs it to this day.
There remains a chance that Morson and Drakopoulos will open a smaller version of Mitchell's in the neighborhood. We'll be watching for that.
Mitchell's is at 2756 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, 516-255-9544.