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Best Way to Whip It: Staff Pick

Best Way to Whip It

Zip Dip literally shines like a beacon of light through the dark — the iconic neon lightning bolt adorning the roof is unmistakable. It was added to the building in 1951 and has been guiding customers through summer heat waves to ice cream salvation ever since. The walk-up ice creamy whip was built in 1950 by Charlie Metzger, himself a resident of Westwood’s Drew Avenue, and first leased out to two teachers at Colerain High School. It was then owned by two different couples before going up for sale in 1987 when the current owners took charge. Now it belongs to Chris Torbeck and his wife, the fourth owners tasked with keeping this mainstay alive. This slice of nostalgia has employed generations of families, seen 60th wedding anniversary parties (because the couple had their first date at the whip) and even mourners stopping by after funerals to commemorate a favorite spot of a departed loved one. Now open for its 70th season, not much has changed — and that’s the way people like it. Just like every Cincinnatian has their favorite creamy whip, every creamy whip has their own quirky specialties. If you’re a Zip Dip first timer, try their orange and vanilla twist. Zip Dip, 4050 Drew Ave., Bridgetown, zip-dip.com.