Alexa Beattie wrote about Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream for The Washington Post.
One block from the river, in an old warehouse on Alexandria's King Street, is Pop's. Owned by the same family that runs the Fish Market next door, this is a relatively new venture. Like something you might find at Disney, the parlor has gone whole hog for authenticity, and the tourists rush in.
Against peppermint stick-striped walls, everything looks good: Sundaes ($4.25) are served in old-style fluted vases, chocolate sodas and flavored malts in tall, icy glasses -- their straws the very same red-and-white stripe.
The staff goes about its business in somewhat solemn fashion, tending with precision to the froth on an Old Town egg cream ($4.55) or assembling -- just so -- the ingredients for a banana split ($6.40). Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can see the ice cream being made in a small glass room to the back of the store. Look on while jugs of thick caramel or large metal scoops of nuts and chips are poured down shiny spouts to meet their matches.