The unassuming building in Highland Park is easy to miss. You’ll only notice it by the flocks of families gathering outside, the line that sometimes snakes out the door. They’re here for mountainous piles of ice cream. Nelson’s practices the art of stacking as much as possible on a single cone—so much so that you suspect servers need engineering degrees to make them. That’s why you’ll see moms carrying Tupperware containers, for few can conquer these enormous beasts in one sitting. Even the child’s size is big enough to satiate an NFL linebacker. In an age when most companies try to chisel every last nickel from your pocket, Nelson’s is the antidote. Its specialty is always delivering way more than you paid for.
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