The Line at Steel City Pops Makes No Sense

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Dear Steel City Pops,

First, I want you to know I love you. On a hot day, one of your fruity pops is the pinnacle of refreshment; I can't eat it fast enough. An avocado pop, with its creamy tang, would be a treat no matter the weather, and I'm convinced that delicious coffee pop provides a significant boost. I love you so much I favorably reviewed you in a column that's normally reserved for restaurants. You: a little popsicle stand, with only one product.

But there's a problem and it is keeping me from eating all the delicious pops I would otherwise. It's the line. It's INSANE. I absolutely can't understand it. It starts at the counter, stretches out the door before it turns, and at times runs all the way to Prospect Avenue. There might be a hundred people in that line, which you think would not be a problem, but it's enough to keep my inconsolable popsicle paws at bay.

We're not waiting for meticulously smoked brisket. And nobody's asking me if I want a chocolate ganache dip or a custom freeze. It's just, "What will you have," and then scissors shear cellophane before the epic struggle between satiation and brain freeze begins. What's taking so long? I think you should consider an alternate delivery system. Pops delivered by gatling gun, perhaps, or maybe by army of carts that line both sides of the street?

Or, I don't know, how about a few more registers?

I'm saying this out of kindness and concern. There have been a few occasions I've had a craving for that so-good-it's-sinister blood orange number, only to see the line and bail. I know I can't be the only one, and if you've actually convinced people by the thousands to spend three dollars on frozen fruit on a stick, I would think you'd want to collect that cash as quickly as you can.

For now, I'm forced to avoid Steel City Pops during prime time, and get my pineapple-jalapeño fix in the early afternoon. But I long for the day when I stroll down Greenville Avenue on a summer night, a smooth-as-satin caramel pop in hand. I hope it happens soon because summer is fleeting.

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Steel City Pops

2012 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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27 comments
robizzle
robizzle

I just can't get past the popsicle stick litter and sticky drip stains all over my neighborhood.

MeanGreen
MeanGreen

Half the time is spent by them cutting the packages open - YOUR CUSTOMERS COULD DO THAT WHILE YOU TAKE THE PAYMENT!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Are there not quality paletta stores here? Does not 7/11 still sell Dreamcicles?

Daniel
Daniel

Summer is fleeting? Bwahahahahaha

aaronstew2003
aaronstew2003

meantime just up the street Green Grocer has pops from Pop Star, and they have another line of pops with booze in them, too.  And they're never lined around the corner.  You're Welcome.

Lettertotheeditor
Lettertotheeditor

What is with this blog and the over use of this whole letter to dear... It's tired

YoMama
YoMama

I do not understand line culture. There is nothing I want bad enough to stand in line for an hour to get it.  It seems there are many people who gravitate to popular things BECAUSE there's a line.  "Ooh, look at that line.  It must be good.  Let's go blow half our day waiting for nonsense."

No thank you.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Try Hip Pop in Grapevine. Better parking, quicker service, and also serve slushes and shaved ice. Check out Rockledge park for swimming while your there.

As CBR said you can get Pop Star at GG and bring home Post Oak Red Hot...BONUS.

I agree. Not worth waiting 20 minutes to buy a $3 popsicle.

txguy1980
txguy1980

I'd like to try this place out but I'm not about to wait in those long lines.  I've yet to have one and probably won't anytime soon unless I happen to drive by there and see there is little to no line. 

wezensky
wezensky

I think it's less the register, and more the idiots who don't know what they want by the time they get to the front of the line. 

hey1
hey1

part of the issue is that the actual space where customers can go is too small. that forces the line outside. another two registers (iPads) would help too, but you'd still have to suck on your popsicle outside.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

One word:  competition.


All it will take is someone else to open up an equally good popsicle stand.....or, a seasonal kiosk in the parking lot at nearby Wal-Mart (note idea to entrepreneur).......then watch their lines speed up !

happygrrl
happygrrl

Scott, you have at a minimum 2 more months of summer left. It's been 96F on Halloween many times.

MeanGreen
MeanGreen

@primi_timpano does that look like a simple dreamsicle?

MeanGreen
MeanGreen

@YoMama I've never spent more than 15 mins in the steel city line - it moves fairly quickly.

crb819
crb819

@CitizenKane or just go down to Green Grocer and get a Pop Star pop with no line.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@happygrrl Noooooooooooo! #coolestsummer

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

One to many t. But still a large collection of flavors. I don't know the Dallas scene but there is an excellent palet(t)a store on San Pedro. It was like the Baskin Robbins of Popsicles.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

No, it definitely has the ingredients plus haute cuisine elements. My Popsicle evolution was long back when you rode your bike to the ice house for some pairing of candy, grapette, root beer, big red, comic books and baseball cards. The underlying historical context is antithetical to highly refined replacements.

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