Tucked in a little side street on the quaint island of Bainbridge, just across Elliot Bay from Seattle, is a little ice cream shop called Mora Iced Creamery. Not only is this a place to buy a great cup or cone of ice cream, it is also its own creamery. Mora has a very unique philosophy in making their ice cream and because they really do it the old-fashioned way, it is probably some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted.
Jim and I actually stumbled upon Mora as we were relaxing on the thirty-minute ferry ride across Elliot bay from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island. After enjoying the awesome view of Seattle from the water, we decided to get on Yelp and see what others recommended to do on the island. We knew we wanted to get something refreshing to drink and some ice cream. One of the Yelp searches took us to the Mora Iced Creamery where we “met” a very enthusiastic reviewer. He mentioned that he would travel from anywhere in the world just to eat the Banana Split flavored ice cream that Mora makes. (Mora does make a regular banana split, but this is about the banana split ice cream flavor). Of course, if someone is willing to come from anywhere and do whatever it takes, we knew we must try it out.
Mora is located on Madrone Lane, which is just a short walk from the ferry terminal. It is surrounded by cute little shops and trees, and has some great outdoor seating. Immediately upon entering I started scanning the menu for the Banana Split flavored ice cream but soon found out that this ice creamery has some very unique flavors. Some of the flavors that captured my eye the quickest were Dulche de Leche, Italian Chocolate, Creamy Coconut, Espresso Mocha, and of course, Banana Split. (Check out the ice cream menu at Mora for a list of their flavors).
The staff at Mora Iced Creamery was very friendly and encouraged us to taste as many of the flavors as we would like to before ordering. We tasted a few kinds and knew right away that the Banana Split and Espresso Mocha flavors were a must. The creamery gives very generous portions of ice cream and after watching them fill our bowls we knew we had our work cut out for us. We sat at one of their little outdoors tables and enjoyed the look of the Madrone Lane and the taste of our ice cream. My vote for the best…Banana Split! I would say that the reviewer on Yelp was exactly right. We have decided that if we are ever in the Seattle area again we will make sure to take a trip on the ferry to Bainbridge Island just so we can eat some Banana Split ice cream.
Travel Info and Tips:
- Catch the Bainbridge Ferry at the Seattle (Main) Terminal.
- It only costs $6.70 per person to ride the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge. You do not need to have a ticket or pay anything to ride from Bainbridge back to Seattle on the ferry.
- Go to Washington State Ferries site for schedules and more info on riding the ferry.
- Follow the crowd getting off of the ferry, they are generally going to the main street where you can then find Madrone Lane. If there is not a big tourist crowd, people are very friendly there and would love to help you.
- There is a place right near the ferry terminal on Bainbridge where you can rent bikes and cruise the island.
- Eight ounces of ice cream at Moras is a lot and can easily be shared between two people. You can always order more if you want.
- Check out Yelp online or on your mobile web to find more recommendations for Bainbridge.