After spending the early evening perusing the wares at Art on the Square in Belleview, Illinois, I was in desperate need of some nourishment. As with most towns in the St. Louis area, I had a couple of places on my list in case I happened to pass through or nearby any unfamiliar towns. During this initial visit, I chose to check out the White Cottage.
I arrived just before dusk on an unseasonably cold night. I was impressed to see people lined up for ice cream outside while wearing hoodies and light jackets. I chose to dine inside so I could have more than just ice cream. One thing you notice right away is the smell from the ice cream and the cones. It was clear that this was not a place to stop if you are on a diet, even the air was rich with calories.
Surprise, surprise….the double cottage burger was calling to me. The burger was very standard: two quarter pound patties, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onions. You can have pickles and they provide mustard, ketchup, and mayo by request. The patties are not packed tightly. This helps keep them juicy even when cooked to a medium well all the way through. Although this burger was standard, it was far from ordinary.
Now that I had my dinner, it was time for dessert. White Cottage carries several different flavors of ice cream and they don’t have the same choices each day. To be honest, I was overwhelmed with the thought of only trying one flavor so I did what any smart person would do. I opted for two small orders: strawberry cheesecake and chocolate raspberry truffle.
Both were phenomenal. PHENOMENAL! The chocolate raspberry truffle was rich and the strawberry cheesecake had actual strawberries in it! I can only dream of working my way through the rest of the ice cream menu.
White Cottage is the kind of place that every small town in America needs. Even though it was clear I was the only person who was not a regular, I didn’t feel out of place. I would recommend this place to anyone that finds themselves in Belleview. Heck, I would recommend taking a break when traveling along I-64 just for the ice cream. With the summer coming up and the thermometers starting to rise, make sure you stop by to cool off.
Dive 2 Five Scale: 3. Great family spot shared by generations. If you read about the place, it’s closed a few times but seems to be back on track. The inside is very simple, there are several booths and a couple tables, and menus are provided at either. You can seat yourself and you pay at the counter before you leave.