Taste of the Town: Molly Moon Neitzel
Consider Molly Moon Neitzel the queen of Seattle ice cream. She opened her first storefront in Wallingford in the spring of 2008, then a Capitol Hill location in spring of 2009, and now she’s expanding her empire with an ice cream truck, which will hit the streets by late May of this year.
What is your favorite ingredient of the moment?
Meyer lemons! Lemon ice cream is my favorite; we get our Meyer lemons from this orchard called the “lemon ladies” in Napa. They are amazingly sweet and perfectly tart.
What is your favorite cheap eat?
The quesadillas at the Ballard Farmers Market stuffed with local veggies. Those things are ridiculous, with their homemade green hot sauce. My favorite cheap treat: the chocolate macaroons at Le Panier in the market—they’re great swiped through a scoop of ice cream.
When you have out-of-town guests, what restaurants do you take them to?
Spinasse or The Harvest Vine. Or, for something a little lighter on the pocket book, The Tin Table.
What is your guilty food pleasure?
I have too many! It’s a tie between the third cappuccino of the day, a steamed artichoke with homemade mayo, or a “spoon sundae.” One of my employees, Zoe, made up the tradition of scooping ice cream onto a spoon and then topping it with just a little bit of all the toppings to make a sundae. Then you spoon the whole thing into your mouth in one bite.
What is your favorite coffee drink and coffee venue?
In Seattle? I love a good Vivace cappuccino if the barista is talented. There are a few Stumptown –trained baristas at Oddfellows who make exceptional drinks as well.