Al Marsh

An ode to Ardy and Ed’s, kinda

July 31, 2009 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

I blog today in praise of the ice cream and hamburger joint in Oshkosh known as Ardy and Ed’s. It is to the body’s circulatory system what concrete is to the builder, yet it is an essential risk. A root beer float shoveled between the lips near Lake Winnebago is the same as cabernet savignon sipped in Napa Valley. I take pills to fight what Ardy and Ed serve, and yet I return again and again. Drivers passing by get high cholesterol just from breathing the air, even when speeding. Fry my burger in a river of grease, Ardy. Pour me a bucket of root beer, Ed. Roto-Rooter will clear my veins.

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3 Responses to “An ode to Ardy and Ed’s, kinda”

  1. Paul Dow Says:

    Another option for similar food is Leon’s Frozen Custard on 121 W. Murdock. Lots of neon, and the 50’s atmosphere with car hops (but no roller skates). I believe the menu is more limited, and there’s no lake view. The service is quick though since it doesn’t get as much of the convention crowd. Click on the link for their web site.

  2. Garrett Nievin Says:

    For some tasty and more local (and slightly healthier) fare at Ardy & Ed’s, I like the perch! Leon’s has great frozen custard, and Dr. Benzie’s has tasty pizza. As was mentioned in the EAA paper a couple of years ago, they measure their cholesterol with a dipstick in Oshkosh.

  3. Gene LeFave Says:

    The sound and vibration of a round engine causes cholesterol to be broken up and dissipated harmlessly. Plus you’ll burn a few calories just watching the car hops.


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