Our last day in Seattle and we capped our trip off with some literal fun and games. Our brunch stop was within walking distance to “Full Tilt”. “Full Tilt” is known for small batch ice cream and arcade games, and we would fully indulge in both.
Three quarters of the shop was old school arcade games. Stand up, joy sticks classics like “Pac-Man”, “Street Fighter vs Capcom”, and pinball. And best of all, priced as they would be when they originally came out: 25 cents to play. You traded your bills for quarters and off you went.
We played “Gauntlet Legends” as a group of 4, then duelled it out in a fighting match, followed by shooting down dinosaurs in “Jurassic Park” with plastic guns. All our button mashing helped to build up our appetites for an ice cream dessert to follow.
Right at the front of the shop is their ice cream counter with 16 classic and creative flavours. We were offered tasters before committing on a full scoop in a sugar cone.
The “Caramel apple” tasted a little too artificial, with plenty of cinnamon in attempts to mask it. The “Huckleberry chip” had a nice nice berry flavour to it, finished with crunchy bits of chocolate to chew through. The vegan “Pineapple rum with chocolate” reminded me of a pina colada with its use of coconut milk. The vegan “Arabic coffee” was a little too strong in spice for my tastes, I expected more coffee flavour and some coconut from the milk used. And the “Ube” ice cream didn’t have enough flavour to taste it and know it was ube.
The ones we did purchase were the “Mexican chocolate”, a dark bitter chocolate with swirls of cinnamon. The “Chocolate raspberry” had subtle hints of the fruit, giving the ice cream some sweetness. The “Thai tea” was mild. The “Orange fruit loop” was another vegan ice cream made with coconut milk, but I didn’t find the coconut flavour complimentary to the orange cereal milk. And I was warned that the “Coffee Oreo” was very melty, after is was scooped and presented to me. Had I known this earlier, I wouldn’t have ordered it.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
This is definitely a one of a kind place. Where else can you play arcade games for 25 cents anymore? I would come back just for the games and treat myself to a scoop of ice cream on my way out. Don’t deny your cravings.
5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, United States