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Spending significant time with born and raised Rhode Islanders, it is often blatantly clear that I am a newbie in these parts. “You’ve never been to Wright’s Farm?!?” or “you seriously don’t know where Cumberland is?” are the type of things that I hear fairly frequently. In an effort to bring the “Providence” back to Musings From Providence, I am going to attempt to highlight my adventures to more old and new local hot spots, which I started this week by highlighting Skyzone and continue now by sharing my exciting first trip to Mr. Lemon.

As some background for those of you outside the 401, the competition for the favorite frozen lemon treat in Rhode Island is STIFF. Many people are aware of Del’s, a frozen lemonade slush drink that can be found many places around the city and state, and I myself have been a longtime fan.  This week I ventured over to its chief competitor, Mr. Lemon, located on Hawkins Street north of the city. Operated by a couple in a walk-up window, they offer sweet frozen ice concoctions in a range of flavors that are constantly rotating. Not only were the owners as sweet as the treats that they were selling ($3 for a medium, which rivals Kimballs in terms of portions).

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I opted for a Purple Cow, a mixture of grape ice (grape is the best artificial flavor there is) and vanilla. My partner in Mr. Lemon crime opted for a more classic, conservative lemon. I hear that on a hot summer day, parking on the side street is difficult and a line stretches around the corner, but if you are there mid-day in April as we were, you can walk on up! We are New Englanders, we don’t have a minimum temperature for frozen desserts. My only complaint was that Mr. Lemon eschews both straws and spoons, and you are supposed to knock back your purple cow directly from the cup. Do this delicately, unless you want to wind up with a face full of slush.

I cannot wait to return and try more flavors! Looking at the Mr. Lemon Facebook page, I see former postings for root beer and pina colada- yum!

Are you a local Rhode Islander? What side do you land on in the Mr. Lemon vs Del’s debate?

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  1. Ah, the great debate. I think this is what pushed coffee milk over the top as state beverage. As another RI newbie, I had never heard of any of them. New England Frozen Lemonade is also pretty good. One day I’ll have to try them all for a taste test!

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  2. This is my first time hearing of Mr. Lemon. I will have to give it a try, but the real “frozen lemonade” aficionado in our family is my wife Victoria, who loves both Del’s and the New England brand. I don’t know which of the two (or rather the three) is best. It depends less on their innate quality than on the batch mixed by any given lemonade truck operator on any given day. But, leaving aside real lemonade – poured in liquid form into a glass over ice cubes – frozen lemonade is the best way to coool down in the summer. Can’t wait to try Mr. Lemon! And, Miss Musings, thanks for following my blog!

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  3. Born in RI, but absolutely no idea bout Mr. Lemon. Of course, the fact I only lived there when very small is probably why. Will have to ask my mom! 😉

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  4. Mr. Lemon is by far the champion. They could set up next door and put old Del out of business any given Sunday.

    I introduced my wife to Mr. Lemon, and literally it’s an every weekend destination for us. Granted we don’t make it every time, but it’s definitely on our mind come Saturday and Sunday.

    While Del’s will always be a classic throwback, Mr. Lemon is truly the new school of frozen lemonade and all the other flavors of the week!

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  5. Mr. Lemon is by far the champion. They could set up next door and put old Del out of business any given Sunday.

    I introduced my wife to Mr. Lemon, and literally it’s an every weekend destination for us. Granted we don’t make it every time, but it’s definitely on our mind come Saturday and Sunday.

    While Del’s will always be a classic throwback, Mr. Lemon is truly the new school of frozen lemonade and all the other flavors of the week!

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