First Taste

Oh, My, Bertie's of Arcadia Is Retro-Riffic!

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Bertie's of Arcadia Location: 4041 East Thomas Road Open: Two months Eats: Ice cream, milk shakes, sundaes, snacks. Price: Between $3 and $8 per person.

A milkshake called the Marilyn Monroe, candy by the pound, 1960s leopard-skin pants? If your heart just skipped a retro beat, you'll want to pop into Bertie's of Arcadia, the way-cool home of Trejsi Mulac, who named the shop after her grandmother.

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Opened in October in a strip mall at 40th Street and Thomas, Mulac's got her retro-riffic vision down tight. Sure, the vintage shopping is fab (and priced right), but Bertie's soda fountain is the real show-stopper.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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