Sweets and Treats at The Pop Shop

We’re in the middle of the dog days of summer, and for me, that means ice cream. I hardly crave it during any other time of year, but when the temperature is above 90 degrees for days on end, ice cream is all that I want.

My summertime craving led me to try a new spot in Montgomery, OH this week, The Pop Shop. I’ve passed by it many times and never gone inside, and boy am I sorry I haven’t. The Pop Shop takes a childhood standard (popsicles) and raises the bar.

Inside the small storefront, customers will find dozens of homemade popsicles in all ranges of flavors. Like chocolate? No problem. Peanut butter? You bet. Banana? Raspberry? Lemon? Strawberry? Cookies and Cream? Yes to all. Each one sells for $3, and customers can upgrade their ‘sicle with chocolate, caramel, mini chocolate chips, or other toppings.

I had peanut butter with chocolate drizzle. It reminded me of a buckeye and it was delicious. The chocolate hardened on impact across the creamy peanut butter, and the whole thing satisfied my craving without being too filling. Just enough.

Will I be back? Yes! And you should go, too!

Montgomery, Ohio’s Best Kept Secret Is…

The Pacific Kitchen.

Tucked away in a strip mall next to  Camargo Cadillac, The Pacific Kitchen is one of those fantastic, unexpected spots. The restaurant opened at the end of 2015, and so far has gained a following mainly through word of mouth. That means the place is not crowded…yet.

The menu focuses on an eclectic mix of Pacific favorites, and diners can enjoy things like fried rice, crab meat cannoli, chicken satay skewers, bibimbap, grilled Thai herb shrimp, and more.

Cincinnati Bengals player Rey Maualuga loves to eat there, so that should give you an idea of just how great the food tastes.

My husband and I stumbled on The Pacific Kitchen while in search of a different restaurant, and honestly, the clean, crisp look of the exterior drew us toward it. We dined on the patio and enjoyed the fried rice, homemade flatbread, and a dish called “Rey Maualuga’s chicken katsu”, which also featured spam.

Entrees range in price from $16 to $24. We’ll be back… and you should go, too.