eat. doodle’s.

For almost 20 years, a small, family-owned establishment called Doodle’s has been a symbol of summer for me. To my knowledge, Doodle’s, owned by the Champion family, has been a consistent presence in Cahaba Heights since it first opened (save that stint when we had to travel a mile or two down Rocky Ridge Road to the Vestavia location). Now at its fourth location, finding Doodle’s has been part of the fun. Wondering when the longer summer hours of operation would begin has too.

Their Italian ices and sorbets are the kind of treats you try once and then crave forever. No matter your age or stage in life, it is perfect on a hot and humid, southern summer day. Flavors include both basic and more elaborate creations – strawberry, lemon, blue raspberry, ninja turtle, peach, key lime, peppermint patty, peanut butter cup, and cookies and cream (my personal favorite). When you visit, sample a few flavors; you will find something that fits your taste and mood. And if you can’t decide between two options, you can always ask for half of one and half the other.

As a side note and a favor to me, please don’t say you are going to get “a doodle”.  It’s just a pet peeve of mine. “Going to Doodle’s,” “getting Doodle’s,” “going for sorbet/ice at Doodle’s,” and the like are all fine.  Although if “a doodle” is already part of your vernacular, who am I to criticize as long as it is out of love?

Here a couple of things to know about Doodle’s:

  • As far as I know, Doodle’s accepts cash or check only.
  • There are some sugar free options.
  • Hours of operation vary seasonally, but don’t let that stop you from driving by to check for the lit neon sign! These days, they seem to be open until at least 10pm most nights.
  • Doodle’s has been known to take their products on the road for parties and events. Ask them for more details when you go.

To Do Tip: I hear from true Doodle’s experts that the fresher the batch, the better it is. However, I can’t say I’ve ever had even a mediocre sampling.

Pictured below is Mr. Champion serving the specialty at a special birthday.

And now to share the not-so-secret-but-sometimes-difficult-to-find location:

From The Summit, follow Summit Blvd north through the shopping center. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Cahaba Heights Road. Pass CVS, an after hours medical office, and the Olive Branch restaurant. Turn left either just before or just after the sloping grassy area on your left.  If you find Legion Comics (3248 Cahaba Heights Road), you are in the right place.

Click here for the satellite view.

UPDATE 4/6/11:
Doodle’s has now joined the World Wide Web and Facebook. Like them to keep up with current hours and more.

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