Our neighborhood, near Wharton Field House, was two blocks from the original Whitey's. The Dairy Queen was next door, so we could slum it and buy ice milk. But the best treat was to pick out a unique flavor at Whitey's, or enjoy a malted thicker than cement. I remember saving up to get a banana split, because TV shows always mentioned them.
Baskin Robbins had a fling at good ice cream, but they gave up on quality. Whitey's is forever, we hope.
Everyone goes back to Whitey's when returning to the Quad-Cities for a visit. Now they have online ordering, too.
The neighborhood included Wharton, Whitey's, and the Hasty Tasty Restaurant.