Goshen’s century-old Olympia Candy Kitchen has been in the Paflas family for four generations. Loyal customers keep returning to this combo confectionery-diner for hand-dipped chocolates, ice cream sundaes, old-fashioned phosphate sodas, freshly squeezed lemonade and basic cheeseburgers served with skinny fries.
The colorful little restaurant is a Norman Rockwell scene brought to life, where kids licking ice cream cones twirl on swivel stools at the retro chrome counter. A busy line cook flips burgers on the grill, announcing ready orders of breaded tenderloins ($4.99) and three-egg omelets (from $4.25); and friendly waitresses stack plates down their forearms for delivery to hungry patrons in red leather booths.
Don’t even think about leaving without sampling some chocolates (starting at $10 a pound and available to order online). Olympia’s toffee, turtles, crèmes and caramels are all made in the back kitchen and displayed in glass cases up front. Seasonal favorites include hand-pulled candy canes and peanut butter Easter eggs, and Olympia’s chocolate-covered cherries were even served at the inaugural balls for Presidents Reagan and Bush.