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Best Ice Cream Shops in the US?

heidipie Sep 9, 2006 04:01 AM

Not gelato. Not frozen custard. Not in your grocer's freezer. And not in a fancy restaurant.

My question is, where do they make the best ice cream, with interesting flavors, made in small batches from fresh ingredients, that are just totally delicious?

The place that comes to mind for me is Toscanini's in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I still dream of their caramel ice cream. It's almost bitter with that burnt sugar edge. They do well with all the warm spices--cinnamon, clove, cardamom--and I seem to remember some good chocolate variations too.

Educate me! Where else is this happening?

  1. melpy Jun 25, 2010 02:36 PM

    Leos' in Carlisle, PA.

    Best I've ever had. Flavors change though. Also sold by the pint.
    They have the normal: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, choc. chip, black raspberry, butter pecan, mint chocolate chip and well as the more exotic: chocolate chili pepper, jalapeno cornbread, honey sunflower vanilla, cake batter and brownie, cinnamon oreo, almond joy, chocolate malt ball, grapenut (local favorite), teaberry, and the list goes on.

    1. nomadchowwoman Jun 25, 2010 02:18 PM

      Creole Creamery, Magazine St., New Orleans, would be a contender.

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        dogandpanda May 28, 2010 07:37 PM

        kind of late here, but i have to mention max and mina's in nyc!

        with some interesting flavors like lox, herring, grass, and of course things like beer and cream cheese, it's always interesting:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_and_...

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          James Cristinian Apr 11, 2010 11:59 AM

          The ice cream parlor at the Blue Bell Ice Cream plant in Brenham, Texas. Fresh Blue Bell, about as good as it gets.

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            bulavinaka Apr 9, 2010 01:19 PM

            Delicieuse in Redondo Beach, CA for straight-up artisan ice cream. No 90 variations on chocolate, nuts and candy here. They take serious pride in their craft.

            http://www.icedreamonline.com/

            1. Pia Apr 9, 2010 12:07 PM

              I live in Boston and agree with all the Boston/Cambridge love, but the best ice cream I've ever had was outside of the U.S., in Montreal at Havre aux Glaces.

              1. buttertart Apr 9, 2010 09:53 AM

                My vote is for Lagomarcino's in Moline, IL and Davenport, IA. Family-owned for generations. Their black raspberry ice cream is a wonder, other flavors and hot fudge are great too. They make excellent chocolates as well (sponge toffee in dark chocolate a particular favorite). It's the first stop in and the last stop out when visiting family in Iowa.

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                  jett1001 Apr 9, 2010 07:42 AM

                  Rory's Gourmet Ice Cream on Fillmore Street in San Francisco RULES! The best flavors and all are made on site .... cinnamon, coconut, honey-poppy seed and green tea are current favorites !!!

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                    Melanie Wong Apr 9, 2010 05:23 PM

                    Sorry, this business has been closed for years. When were you last there?

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                    Avalondaughter Apr 9, 2010 07:29 AM

                    BEST. ICE CREAM EVER.

                    Bellvale Creamery in Warwick NY. It's a bit out of the way. It sits on top of Mt. Peter with a view of the entire valley. Follow the road to the bottom of the mountain is the dairy farm that produces the milk that the ice cream is made from.

                    It's the most delicious, natural tasting, and freshest ice cream you ever tasted. Flavors range from white cholate with dark chocolate chuks and raspberry swirl to fresh peach to pistachio. Their homemade waffle cones are to die for (they smell so good it's hard to resist getting one).

                    http://www.bellvalefarms.com/creamery...

                    1. uhockey Feb 6, 2008 06:29 AM

                      Jeni's in Columbus OH. Salty carmel, Black coffee, Sweet Corn and Blackberry......and those are some of the more normal flavours.

                      Unique, natural, and simply stunning.

                      1. toodie jane Feb 2, 2008 12:02 PM

                        On California's central coast, it's Doc Bernstein's Lab in downtown Arroyo Grande, just 1 block east of 101 at the Grand Ave exit. E-Z off, E-Z on!

                        They make super-premium ice creams, sherbert, and even have a weekly Wednesday create-your-own ice cream program for kids.

                        The Doc's Java has set the mark for coffee ice cream. Other greats are Mexican Chocolate, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Eggnog, Apple Caramel Swirl.

                        http://www.docburnsteins.com/main/loc...

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                          JoJo4862 Jan 31, 2008 06:45 AM

                          Definitely Penn State Creamery. Unique flavors and names i.e. WPSU Coffee Break (or something like that), Peachy paterno.. Love Love LOVE!

                          http://www.creamery.psu.edu/

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                            blintz69 Aug 10, 2007 12:12 PM

                            Fairfax Scoop in Fairfax, CA is incredible! There is actually a line down the street to get in. If you go in the evening, be prepared to wait at least a half hour (it is well worth it though). They have over 100 flavors that change daily. All of the ice cream is organic and made with the freshest ingredients available. My favorites are cardamom, mud pie (coffee and cinnamon ice cream with fudge and graham crackers), and grasshopper (mint ice cream, newman cookies, and spirulina (for coloring - can't taste it though).

                            Another great place is Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco. They are also organic with some really unique flavors like: mint honey lavender, ginger, balsalmic strawberry, and roasted banana.

                            Both places have very light and fluffy ice cream. I guess this is due to the fresh, organic ingredients. I've never had the equivalent.

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                              operagirl Apr 10, 2010 05:13 PM

                              Seconding Bi-Rite Creamery. What an amazing place. The salted caramel flavor is incredible! They also recently added a soft serve machine.

                              http://operagirlcooks.com

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                                Nate650 Sep 2, 2010 02:33 PM

                                Bi-Rite Creamery for me as well. Amazing place.

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                                dodger53589 Jun 5, 2007 10:27 AM

                                Hands down, the best comes from Babcock Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus.
                                This is ce cream thats not driven by the bottom line but by the desire to show students how to make the best possible product. They serve scoops as bid as your head and don't charge a lot for it. They use state-of-the-art equipment and the best ingredients available. Babcock Hall Ice cream is the best thing you will ever put in your mouth.

                                1. sarahvagaca May 2, 2007 11:46 PM

                                  Kline's Dairy Bar in Harrisonburg, VA. Oh, how I wish I could have some right now!!! They do have some interesting flavors but what I remember the most is their chocolate oreo shake. Soooo delicious. http://www.klinesdairybar.com/

                                  I also second (or third or fourth!) the vote for Fosselman's!! They have Peppermint Stick ice cream year-round which makes me very happy.

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                                    ccbweb May 2, 2007 11:50 PM

                                    Thank you! My wife, after I mentioned Chap's, was trying to remember the name of the "amazing ice cream shop in Harrisonburg." She reports that Kline's is amazing.

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                                      sarahvagaca May 2, 2007 11:54 PM

                                      You're welcome! Glad I could share the memory. I wish I'd known about Chap's when I was still in the area...or maybe it's good that I didn't!

                                  2. ccbweb May 2, 2007 10:23 PM

                                    There's a place in Charlottesville, VA called Chap's Ice Cream. Small shop that makes their own ice creams in about 25 flavors or so. Every fall they make Pumpkin Ice Cream which is sensational. Other than that one (which you have to plot to make sure you get some of) I love their Black Cherry.

                                    1. lulubelle May 2, 2007 10:15 PM

                                      In the northwest suburbs of Chicago, you have to try Capannaris in Mt Prospect. It's made on location in four gallon batches and has won numerous awards. My parents live within walking distance, and every summer visit includes an after dinner walk for Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch.

                                      http://www.capannaris.com/home.html

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                                        chocolate Mar 7, 2007 01:41 PM

                                        Bassetts Ice Cream. It was always the highlight of going with my mom when she ordered her meat at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia when we were kids.

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                                          wew May 2, 2007 05:40 PM

                                          This thread is a gem

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                                            walkercme May 2, 2007 05:55 PM

                                            HALO PUB in Princeton, New Jersey (NJ). Had dozens of crazy flavors like chocolate peanut butter cookie dough and maple fudge macademia. their 'creme de menthe' chocolate chip was the best "mint-chocolate chip" i've had in my life.

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                                          nyfoodjoe Mar 6, 2007 07:53 PM

                                          The Creamery at Penn State University...hands down

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                                            masala maci Mar 6, 2007 04:49 PM

                                            Flamingo Crossing in Key West has great flavors including my favorite one scoop of Cuban Coffee and one scoop of Chocolate Amaretto. They make all their batches in their little shop and have great tropical flavors as well. Perfectly creamy.

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                                              Jimmy Buffet Mar 6, 2007 04:39 PM

                                              "Ye Olde Fashioned Ice Cream", also for sandwiches (12 strips of bacon on a BLT). Unfortunately, you have to be in South Carolina to experience them.

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                                                Jeserf Mar 6, 2007 04:36 PM

                                                I can't believe no one mentioned Dave and Andys (pittsburgh).
                                                Birthday Cake ice cream...cookie dough...It's so good.

                                                I used to live in Amherst, MA...Barts was OK, Herrells was OK (a little soupy for my liking), and I did love toscanini's in Boston. It was very good.

                                                Hands down, Dave and Andys.
                                                Try it!

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                                                  flipkeat Mar 6, 2007 04:00 PM

                                                  Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine!! Homemade Ice Cream the real deal!!

                                                  1. amopdx Mar 6, 2007 10:23 AM

                                                    I haven't been in so many years but growing up my favorite place to get ice cream was at the Tillamook Cheese Factory after doing the tour and munching on some cheese curds. The ice cream was always so yummy and fresh as can be, perfect end to a fun day.

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                                                      mty917 Mar 6, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                      Ray's on Coolidge in Royal Oak, MI

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                                                        bethd127 Mar 6, 2007 07:41 AM

                                                        In Asheville North Carolina "ultimate ice cream". Small, independent, made on premise. Great flavors. Also have sorbet, gelato, and rice cream. Yummmm.

                                                        1. Lazy Susan Mar 6, 2007 07:32 AM

                                                          Purity Ice cream, Ithaca NY. All homemade, huge portions, local ingredients (when they can). I try ice cream everywhere, but this is still my all time favorite. I think I have tried every flavor (and there are probably at least 30). AND, I live about 90 minutes away (I have to travel through there for visiting a family member, and occasionally work). The bittersweet chocolate is my favorite. They have started carrying it in some local groceries, TG.

                                                          Close second is Mackinac Island Creamery ice cream. A small production, high-quality ice cream that is sold in mostly the Michigan UP area, we have a spot close by that sells it at their stand. It's like a meal.

                                                          1. Snackish Feb 13, 2007 06:53 AM

                                                            Superior Creamery, in Hanford California. Not only is the ice cream great on those blazing summer days in the San Joaquin Valley, but it has the classic old ice cream shop decor - little stools at the counter, marble-topped tables - that makes it even more fun.

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                                                              mallomarmom Feb 12, 2007 07:56 AM

                                                              Herrell's, Toscanini's, JP Licks in the Boston area; the Dairy at University of Maryland, College Park. I'll always love Carvel!

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                                                                bachslunch Mar 6, 2007 06:28 PM

                                                                I'll second Herrell's and Toscanini's and add in Emack & Bolio's to the mix.

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                                                                  chowfangal Apr 9, 2010 07:14 AM

                                                                  Absolutely Emack's! I love their Cake batter and Cosmic Crunch. PLUS they're mostly all natural and socially conscious. There are shops in many cities, actually.

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                                                                batdown Feb 12, 2007 04:40 AM

                                                                maple view farm

                                                                http://www.mapleviewfarm.com/

                                                                1. foodseek Feb 11, 2007 09:52 PM

                                                                  I just love Marianne's Ice Cream in Santa Cruz,Ca. A small shop in a strip mall on Ocean Ave. with so many choices it is hard to have a favorite. Delicious fruit flavors! A perfect scoop of ice cream just makes the day brighter.

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                                                                    othervoice Mar 6, 2007 07:08 PM

                                                                    Ah.......such fond memories of Marianne's. Excellent selection.

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                                                                    Aloo0628 Feb 11, 2007 09:19 PM

                                                                    Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia. They have some unique flavors (green tea, teaberry gum or something like that...) but so far I've only stuck with their basic flavors. Their vanilla bean ice cream is some of the most delicious ice cream I've EVER tasted - and I'm talking all flavors here (not just the best vanilla I've ever had). And they make a fresh hot waffle ice cream sammich that is to die for. My b/f and I LOVE the place, and were totally heartbroken to discover that it has closed for the season and won't reopen until the first week of March...but believe you me, when that day comes, we will be there. :-D

                                                                    1. Dagney Feb 11, 2007 08:55 PM

                                                                      I'll have to say Coldstone, but I have never tried Mariposa's. I will go to Mariposa's this week.

                                                                      Does anyone from San Diego on this thread remember Leatherby's?

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                                                                        cooknKate Feb 13, 2007 05:27 AM

                                                                        I would hesitate to call Coldstone ice cream.

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                                                                          sivyaleah Feb 13, 2007 05:30 AM

                                                                          Coldstone? Seriously?

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                                                                        normalheightsfoodie Jan 18, 2007 01:01 AM

                                                                        Mariposa Ice Cream in San Diego. They are family owned and make all of their material in site. They offer dollar cones to kids after school. San Diego magazine rated them the best ice cream in the region.

                                                                        Mariposa Homemade Ice cream
                                                                        3450 Adams Avenue
                                                                        San Diego, CA 92116

                                                                        Phone (619) 284-5197
                                                                        Fax (619) 284-5198

                                                                        info@mariposaicecream.com

                                                                        1. luv2bake Jan 17, 2007 11:09 PM

                                                                          Handel's (the original) in Youngstown, Ohio. They have other locations now, too, but I haven't been to any of them except the one on 224 Boardman-Canfield Rd. (which is also good and always crowded!)

                                                                          Handel's also ships ($$$$) and has shipping info on their website. http://www.handelsicecream.com

                                                                          If you ever get the opportunity to drive just a little out of your way & pick up a Handel's Homemade Ice Cream cone, you won't regret it!

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                                                                            chickstein Jan 17, 2007 10:11 PM

                                                                            In Atlanta don't miss Jake's Ice Cream.

                                                                            Chocolate Slap Yo Momma
                                                                            Brown Suga Vanilla

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                                                                              marlie202 Jan 17, 2007 07:48 PM

                                                                              Barts is good but Seduttos rocks

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                                                                                GDSinPA Jan 17, 2007 07:08 PM

                                                                                Meyer Dairy in State College, PA will make you forget the PSU Creamery - which is good, but over-rated.

                                                                                For me, the second best ice cream is at a place called Premise Made in Breinigsville, which is between Allentown and Reading PA.

                                                                                http://www.premisemaid.com/cgi-bin/Sh...

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                                                                                  laylag Jan 16, 2007 09:00 PM

                                                                                  PALATERIA FERNANDEZ in Port Chester, NY (in Westchester County near the CT border). It's a Mexican ice cream place specializing in paletas (ice cream pops). They have scoopable too just not in as many flavors. The ice cream is all home made, incredibly fresh and very milkey-creamy with flavors like Dulce de Leche, Rice Pudding and even Avocado (I've never wanted that one). My daughter almost always gets Oreo which is the most oreo-tasting ice cream one can imagine but my favorites are the Chongo which is a cinnamon milk flavor that contains bits of curdled milk (it doesn't taste sour, it is like little bits of cheesecake almost) and the rum raisin. The pistachio is also to die for and there are too many flavors to mention here. If you're anywhere in the area, just go. You'll see.

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                                                                                    alexia Jan 16, 2007 03:55 PM

                                                                                    my absolute favorite ice cream is from Four Seas ice cream in Centerville, Ma - just outside of Hyannis on the Cape. I lived there for a summer and I still dream about the coconut ice cream with hot fudge sauce!

                                                                                    http://www.fourseasicecream.com/

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                                                                                      brooklynmasala Jan 16, 2007 09:08 PM

                                                                                      I agree! Four Seas is the best ice-cream!

                                                                                    2. williej33 Jan 16, 2007 02:51 PM

                                                                                      The Northport Sweetshop on Main Street in Northport, Long Island, makes the best, creamiest, French style ice cream I've ever had. Their coconut, black raspberry, and cookies and cream are to die for.

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                                                                                        nyctravelguide Jan 16, 2007 02:50 PM

                                                                                        Mark my word.

                                                                                        ZOZO's in the Lower East Side.


                                                                                        Zozo's Juice & Grille

                                                                                        www.zozosnyc.com
                                                                                        172 Orchard St
                                                                                        New York, NY 10002
                                                                                        (212) 228-0009

                                                                                        http://nycpocket.com

                                                                                        1. jbyoga Jan 16, 2007 02:50 PM

                                                                                          Mitchells in SF NO DOUBT!!

                                                                                          Peppermint stick....queso y maize (candy corn!)

                                                                                          many many others....mmmmm

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                                                                                            swsidejim Jan 16, 2007 02:48 PM

                                                                                            In the suburbs of Chicago, I like Oberweiss, great ice cream, and they sell milk in glass bottles..

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                                                                                              optimal forager Jan 17, 2007 01:53 AM

                                                                                              Good, yes, but aka Overprice

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                                                                                              KCJ Jan 16, 2007 06:38 AM

                                                                                              I've eaten some excellent ice cream all over the country but my local favorite, hands down, is Murray's Ice Cream & Cookies in the Westport district of Kansas City, Missouri.

                                                                                              While I'm personally partial to their lemon sorbet (they call me on the days they make it!), I've never had an ice cream there that I didn't like. Of particular note are the Fudge Raspberry Rhapsody, Cinnameg, One Drunk Monk (bits of chocolate and hazelnuts in Frangelico ice cream), Chocolate Flake Fromage (chocolate flake in cream cheese ice cream -- Fats Goldberg's personal favorite!), Orange Chocolate Fudge, and more.

                                                                                              On any given day, 16 flavors are available but they draw upon more than 200 recipes to cycle through. A few, like Chocolate Flake Fromage, are signature items and always available (unless they've sold out for that particular day!).

                                                                                              Murray's closes around mid-December and reopens for the season sometime in March.

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                                                                                                amyzan Jan 16, 2007 04:41 PM

                                                                                                I've only been to Murray's a few times as they're not convenient for me, but the ice cream is good. I don't get why they are so obsessive about portion control, though? I mean, if you scoop ice cream often, you should be able to judge weight fairly easily. So, why do they use a scale? It's sort of out of kilter with the whole indulgence aspect of eating ice cream, IMO.

                                                                                                I also like Sylas and Maddy's, but wouldn't say it's one of the best in the country. It's good ice cream from mix, not overly rich. My fave flavors appear in late summer usually--black walnut and blackberry come to mind.

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                                                                                                  KCJ Jan 17, 2007 03:00 AM

                                                                                                  Murray's weighing the filled cone or cup never bothered me at all. I'd heard at one time that it was to assure that the customer got enough. I've seen them add a bit of ice cream to the serving after weighing but I've never seen them remove ice cream if it weighed a bit too heavy.

                                                                                                  I suspect there's a misunderstanding about the whole weighing game there.

                                                                                                  Not to say that Murray doesn't want to assure quantity control of some sort.

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                                                                                                    amyzan Apr 9, 2010 02:31 PM

                                                                                                    It just seems controlling of your employees, not to trust them to get a feel for their job, which is primarily scooping ice cream. To me, the practice doesn't jibe well with the atmosphere of an ice cream shop. But, it's a personal issue I have with management, and has nothing to do with the product itself. I just find it off putting, having worked service and managed service people.

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                                                                                                      bulavinaka Apr 9, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                                                      +1 on your comments concerning "weighing ice cream." WTF? From my perspective, I'd feel like my date was splitting the check using a calculator.

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                                                                                                tpigeon Jan 16, 2007 01:56 AM

                                                                                                Nothing, and I mean nothing beats Babcock hall ice cream in Madison Wisconsin. You must go to the stock pavillion (where the cows are next door). Having it at the student union and around campus severly degrades the ice cream as it is not nearly as fresh.

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                                                                                                  johnmccollum Jan 16, 2007 01:48 AM

                                                                                                  Jeni's in Columbus, without a doubt. Do a web search and you'll find that I'm not the only one who think so. The Food Network's been there a few times, and she's been written up in major magazines and newspapers from coast to coast.

                                                                                                  Jeni's a true artist, a fine chef, and a great supporter of locally grown, locally produced foods. Absolutely worth the cost, even if you include shipping.

                                                                                                  I grew up, by the way, eating Graeter's. It's not even in the same category as Jeni's. Really.

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                                                                                                    spyturtle008 Feb 13, 2007 05:54 AM

                                                                                                    Yes yes YES on Jeni's. I plan my travels between Chicago and the east coast over holidays to hit Columbus so I can fill a cooler with her confections and dry ice.

                                                                                                    Also on a recent trip to Anchorage, I found the following spot while driving through Girdwood:

                                                                                                    http://www.theicecreamshop.com/

                                                                                                    They had four or five gourmet flavors along with their regular selection, and all were excellent.

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                                                                                                      Wintergoblin Feb 13, 2007 06:04 PM

                                                                                                      I also love Jeni's. I grab a scoop every time I go to North Market. Over the Summer they had Basil pine nut and honey ice cream. It was wonderful. I actually served it at a party this year. I also love the Thai Peanut.

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                                                                                                        randallhank Jun 16, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                                                        Jeni's is the best in Columbus, and in my top three in Ohio.

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                                                                                                      randallhank Jun 16, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                      Ohio has so much incredible Ice Cream. And Jeni's is indeed pretty awesome, but not even the best in Ohio. That award, my friends, goes to Handel's, based in Youngstown.

                                                                                                    3. OrganicGal Sep 28, 2006 01:57 PM

                                                                                                      Two that are off the beaten path...

                                                                                                      Homeland Creamery in Julian NC. It's a dairy that bottles their own milk, churns butter, and makes great ice cream. For those in the mood for a road trip in NC, it's in the southeast corner of Guilford County, off Hwy. 62. I strongly recommend their butter pecan, and I believe the pecans are from the Bowman's farm as well (talk about a locally produced product!)

                                                                                                      The second is the University of Nebraska Dairy Store in Lincoln, NE. You haven't been to Nebraska unless you've done two things...catch a Husker football game, and eat Dairy Store Bavarian Mint ice cream.

                                                                                                      1. pikawicca Sep 28, 2006 12:01 PM

                                                                                                        Oh, I do miss Gifford's in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia! I've never had a better sundae.

                                                                                                        1. vicki_vale Sep 28, 2006 02:10 AM

                                                                                                          Chinatown Icecream Factory on Bayard Street, Manhattan.
                                                                                                          They make a lychee ice cream and a lychee sorbet with lots of pulverized real fruit. Small batches and unique flavors. Their classic flavors like chocolate and strawberry have a rich dense texture, with no adverse gummy qualities. Their other exotics like ginger or green tea, however, are not as exciting.

                                                                                                          1. AppleSister Sep 26, 2006 09:41 PM

                                                                                                            Shout out for Ashley's in Connecticut--New Haven, Hamden, and Guilford. They started closing branches a few years ago, and then revived one on York St. in New Haven. I love the sweet cream and grapenut flavors, though coffee oreo is probably the crowd favorite. Helped me survive law school :)

                                                                                                            1. jfood Sep 25, 2006 01:20 AM

                                                                                                              I'll nominate Sundae School on Cape Cod, Mass. in particular in Dennis.

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                                                                                                                lotus_blossom Sep 28, 2006 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                YES! For the atmostphere as well as the ice cream. Indian Pudding Ice Cream--I don't know how well it translates outside of New England, buy it is my own personal nirvana!

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                                                                                                                Kelli2006 Sep 23, 2006 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                Mine would be a toss up between Young's dairy farm near Dayton Ohio,Graeter's, and Hartzlers organic dairy in Wooster.

                                                                                                                http://www.hartzlerfamilydairy.com/

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                                                                                                                  FlyerFan Sep 24, 2006 11:40 PM

                                                                                                                  I'll second the vote for Young's...their cinnamon ice cream is out of this world!

                                                                                                                2. Covert Ops Sep 19, 2006 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                  I can't BELIEVE no one's mentioned Cones in the West Village (NYC) on Bleecker and Morton. I could stay there all day with the free tastings. (I guess that's why they charged $1 a taste for the millenium Dom Perignon sherbet.)

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                                                                                                                    Hue Jan 17, 2007 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                    Is Mother Buckas still in business in the Village?

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                                                                                                                    westindan Sep 19, 2006 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                    Remember When Ice Cream in Pittsburgh has the best ice cream I have ever tasted. They sell Pittsburgh's largest cone. It is so big they have to raise the window and tilt the cone to get it to the customer. Simply a wonderful place to eat ice cream and bring the family

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                                                                                                                      JGrey Sep 14, 2006 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                      Jeni's, in Columbus, OH.

                                                                                                                      http://www.jenisicecreams.com/index_elements/0101_about.html

                                                                                                                      I tried the Salty Caramel, Chocolate Zin, Thai Chili, and the dark cocoa gelato.

                                                                                                                      I attempted to make salty caramel myself the other day, and ended up with a burnt sugar flavor, just past caramel. I really liked it, but my darling husband convinced me to add a shot of whiskey instead of the salt, so it ended up tasting like frozen Bailey's Irish Cream.

                                                                                                                      I used the caramel ice cream recipe from the blog posted by someone on Home Cooking:
                                                                                                                      http://haverchuk.blogspot.com/2005/10...
                                                                                                                      I stopped the caramelization at a nice brown, but I was already past the caramel stage. I plan to try it again soon.

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                                                                                                                        zorro6204 Sep 14, 2006 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                        Because of the way it's made, it really isn't possible to make better ice cream than Graeter's. You can do as well, if you use the same process, but anything containing less air would be . . . what? Sweetened frozen butter? Butterfat content is not the only measure of fine ice cream.

                                                                                                                        The natural flavors and the unique chocolate "chips" (more like slabs) are just icing on the cake. Aglamesis is great, they even do the chips right, but their ice cream contains slightly more air due to their machinery. They make 10 gallons at a time, Graeters two. Both are great, but Graeters gets the nod.

                                                                                                                        1. Melanie Wong Sep 14, 2006 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                          Downtown Bakery & Creamery in Healdsburg, CA totally obliterates Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and Ronnybrook Farms.

                                                                                                                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/311550

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                                                                                                                            Fleur Sep 13, 2006 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                            BROOKLYN ICE CREAM FACTORY on the waterfront in DUMBO has wonderful home made ice cream. Classic flavors only, no artificial anything.

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                                                                                                                              ExpatChef Sep 12, 2006 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                              Murray's in Westport, in Kansas City. But she closes in the winter to go on vacation. All winter.

                                                                                                                              1. livetotravel Sep 12, 2006 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                The best ice cream in America is in Cincinnati, but it isn't Graeter's, it's Aglamesis Brothers . . . http://www.aglamesis.com/

                                                                                                                                And the 2nd best is in New York City at Ronnybrook Farms in the Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue (between 15th and 16th Street.)
                                                                                                                                http://www.ronnybrook.com/site_new/st...

                                                                                                                                1. HillJ Sep 12, 2006 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                  Gerenser’s Exotic Ice Cream
                                                                                                                                  New Hope PA
                                                                                                                                  a landmark ice cream parlor
                                                                                                                                  handpacked, overflowing portions
                                                                                                                                  skip dinner :)

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                                                                                                                                    ML8000 Sep 12, 2006 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                    Another San Francisco place is Joe's on Geary at 18th Ave. Some think it's better then Mitchell's. Made on the premise, some unique flavors, old school (clean but hasn't changed since the 60s) and literally a Mom and Pop operation. Don't eat much IC any more but if I'm around I'll stop and get a soda or sandwich because if you don't support these kinds of places, they go under.

                                                                                                                                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/38085?user_name=&query=joe%27s+ice+cream
                                                                                                                                    http://www.jatbar.com/detail.asp?num=312

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                                                                                                                                      AppleSister Sep 26, 2006 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                      I love this place! It encapsulates all that's good about San Francisco, that they have old-fashioned flavors like butter brickle and new flavors like adzuki bean. Thanks for reminding me.

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                                                                                                                                        keyster May 13, 2008 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        I thought Joe's in SF went out of business but turns out it's still there. I agree that Mitchell's is a little too fatty. It sort of masks the flavor of the ice cream and even has a 'chewy' texture which some like or don't like.

                                                                                                                                        But has anyone done a comparison of Polly Ann's vs. Marianne's ice cream? Mitchell's green tea is okay but there's a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in South San Francisco called Yoko's that serves awesome green tea ice cream. I asked where it was from and he either said Marianne's or Polly Ann's. I think both of them do wholesale and I hear Mollie Stone's carries Marianne's ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                        da_seuss Sep 11, 2006 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                        if you're ever in hawaii, try bubbies. awesome mochi ice cream and cakes and pies.

                                                                                                                                        1. pamalamb Sep 11, 2006 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                          Kimball Farms in the suburbs (and further out) of Boston. We frequent the stand in Carlisle. They have the best Peppermint Stick in the world (better than Brigham's, I think, which is tantamount to heresy in my family). It has both red and green candy, and it's to die for with hot fudge.

                                                                                                                                          Also in Boston is Christina's and Rancatore's. I'm not crazy about either one, but others seem to love Christina's.

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                                                                                                                                            cheryl_h Sep 12, 2006 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                            I'm not an ice cream connoisseur but my husband who has eaten his way through more ice cream than he wants to remember swears Kimballs mocha chip is good enough to bring anyone back from the brink of death.

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                                                                                                                                              othervoice Jan 17, 2007 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                              I too have sampled ice cream from around the country and Kimballs has by far the smoothest, creamiest I've found. My favorite is Almond Joy but butter pecan is right up there. It's right off of 495 in Westford and is worth the trip. Try to get some on a Friday night in August.....plan on waiting in line, but again, still worth it.

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                                                                                                                                              Lucia Feb 12, 2007 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                              I love Kimball Farms. I just wish the lines weren't so long during the summer!

                                                                                                                                            3. David Kahn Sep 11, 2006 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                              Mashti Malone's: http://www.mashti.com/ .

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                                                                                                                                                Das Ubergeek Sep 12, 2006 04:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                ...but only in Hollywood. They transport the ice cream to Glendale, and it melts and is re-frozen.

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                                                                                                                                                  xica14 Sep 12, 2006 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I agree! Mashti Malone's. I've only ever gone to the Hollywood location. Love the saffron/rose. They also make the best black cherry I've ever eaten.

                                                                                                                                                2. MSPD Sep 11, 2006 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                  All over Minneapolis/St. Paul. We've got it great here when it comes to ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                  Izzy's in St. Paul, MN is at the top. Pumphouse Creamery, Crema Cafe, and Sebastian Joe's (all in Minneapolis) all have merit in nationwide discussions.

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                                                                                                                                                    goatcheesey Sep 28, 2006 12:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I second that emotion for Sebastian Joe's. The standby flavors are consistent, often inventive, and you get discounts on your purchases during the winter when it's so freaking cold out! Try the raspberry chocolate chip and pavarotti (caramel, banana, chocolate goodness).

                                                                                                                                                  2. ericalloyd Sep 11, 2006 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                    applegate farm. various locations in northern new jersey. absolutely yummy toasted almond, black raspberry, coffee chip and maple walnut.

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.applegatefarm.com

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                                                                                                                                                      t.c. Sep 11, 2006 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Ice cream! My favorite subject. And I have to agree that Toscanini's is great. My other favorite in the Boston area is JP Licks; I was seriously addicted to their coffee oreo ice cream when I was in law school. I also really liked the mocha chocolate lace ice cream at Lizzy's in Waltham, MA and, as much mentioned above, the chocolate pudding ice cream at Herrell's. I live in the SF Bay Area now, and around here Rick's in Palo Alto is pretty good.

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                                                                                                                                                        LisaAZ Sep 11, 2006 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Not really an ice cream place but Lee's Sandwiches has some pretty darn good ice cream in some not so common flavors....avacado, lychee, taro, green tea, jackfruit, plus all the usual ones. Seems they probably have about 16 flavors at any given time.

                                                                                                                                                        1. ipsedixit Sep 11, 2006 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                          SCOOPS in Los Angeles.

                                                                                                                                                          1. DonShirer Sep 11, 2006 03:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Haven't eaten in all 50 states, but the best contenders from
                                                                                                                                                            Connecticut are:
                                                                                                                                                            Sweet Claude's, Cheshire, CT
                                                                                                                                                            Big Dipper, Prospect, CT
                                                                                                                                                            Wentworth Homemade Ice Cream, Hamden, CT.

                                                                                                                                                            An out of state runner up is
                                                                                                                                                            Austin's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Tucson, AZ.
                                                                                                                                                            I would have added Mitchell's Candies and Ice Cream, Homewood IL, if only for their dreamy hot fudge sundaes, but lately
                                                                                                                                                            it seems they are concentrating more on candy than ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                            Too bad.

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                                                                                                                                                              chickstein Jan 17, 2007 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                              How about Dr. Mike's in Bethel CT. The Chocolate Lace and Cream is to die for!!

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                                                                                                                                                              Steve Sep 11, 2006 12:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                              My two favorites are the Dairy run by Penn State and Jaxson's in Ft. Lauderdale. I feel fortunate indeed when I am near either one.

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                                                                                                                                                                cooknKate Sep 11, 2006 12:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Saveur magazine's 2005 Saveur 100 issue recongized The Grand Ole Creamery in St. Paul MN. They are pretty tasty, but the Twin Cities is no stranger to premium ice cream shops. We have Izzy's in St. Paul and Crema Cafe and Sebastian Joe's in Minneapolis. In the past year, many independently owned places have opened up as well, making for lots of delicious outings to taste the goodies.

                                                                                                                                                                We are a dairy state....we should have outstanding ice cream!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Judith Sep 11, 2006 12:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Real Ice Cream on El Camino in Santa Clara, CA. It's actually an Indian chaat shop in a strip mall somewhere near Bowers. They make their own ice cream. Many of the flavors are not traditional American, things like honey date, fig, mango, but they usually have an assortment of mainstream flavors like butter pecan, chocolate chip, vanilla. It's not long on atmosphere, but the ice cream is fabulous.

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                                                                                                                                                                    David B Sep 10, 2006 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Graeter's in Cincinnati is wonderful. Their Black Raspberry chocolate chip can't be beat. Creamy raspberry ice cream with huge chunks of rich chocolate. I live in New York and have six pints in my fridge right now.

                                                                                                                                                                    www.graeters.com

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                                                                                                                                                                      jlfischer Sep 11, 2006 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      A person after my own heart! I too am in love with black raspberry chocolate chunk! But, I tried the Bourbon Ball at Derby in Louisville in May and it was amazing. Graeter's really knows ice cream! Wish we could get it in Texas.

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                                                                                                                                                                        rHairing Sep 12, 2006 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Just got back from Dayton which now has a Graeters outlet. I am happy to report it is still the best ice cream around....and they ship....

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                                                                                                                                                                        amyzan Sep 24, 2006 11:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I grew up in Lexington, where Graeter's has some stores. I loved their ice cream, but the last time I was home, I noticed a change in the texture. I asked and they said they'd switched from hand paddling to a machine they had custome made in Italy. Now, maybe the paddler's are grateful not to have such a tough job, but I missed their handiwork! It really took the ice cream up a whole other notch, from great to fabulous. I'll still always love the black raspberry chip, but I wish they'd go back to hand paddling...

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                                                                                                                                                                          amyvc Jan 16, 2007 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I lived in Cinci for a while. Wasn't too crazy about the town (no offense, Cincinnatians) but I loved Graeters ice cream. My favorite was their cinnamon! Yum! I always think of them when i think of the best ice cream ever. I haven't tasted anything as good since...

                                                                                                                                                                        2. chica Sep 9, 2006 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          FOSSELMAN'S in Alhambra, CA. The family owned business has been making its own ice cream from scratch for years. Unique and seasonal to the more traditional flavors include vanilla bean, dark chocolate, pumpkin, and taro. They also offer candy and other sweets to buy and top your ice cream with, which is especially appealing if you decide to take home a gallon (or two).

                                                                                                                                                                          They will also ship orders: http://www.fosselmans.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                            raytamsgv Sep 12, 2006 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Definitely Fosselmann's. It's the best ice cream I've ever eaten.

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                                                                                                                                                                            lina14 Sep 9, 2006 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Margies Candies at 1960 N. Western may make the best ice cream in Chicago--their candies are great, too. It has kept the decor and feel of the 30's. And they have opened a new branch at 1813 W. Montrose. I haven't been to it yet, but by all accounts it's a good as the the one on Western.

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                                                                                                                                                                              heidipie Sep 11, 2006 04:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Next time I'm visiting my cousins in Rogers Park I'll drag them there kicking and screaming!

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                                                                                                                                                                                goatcheesey Sep 28, 2006 12:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Margie's is truly amazing. The booths are straight out of decades past and you should not go without sampling the hot fudge. To die for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                annimal Jan 16, 2007 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Yep! I love Margie's. They don't do exotic flavors, but it's great ice cream and the place has a ton of character! And it's been open forever.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. limster Sep 9, 2006 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Mitchell's in Mission, SF. The late Pure T on Polk St, also SF.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Robert Lauriston Sep 10, 2006 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Mitchell's is pretty standard commercial product except for their special flavors imported from the Philippines.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    limster Sep 10, 2006 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yep, those are the interesting flavours that are hard to find, even though I wouldn't call the rest of their stuff "standard commercial". According to their website, they import the SE Asian fruits, not the ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert Lauriston Sep 11, 2006 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      By standard commercial I mean that outside of the unusual flavors, the ice cream is like any average shop. It has a sort of greasy/waxy finish I find unpleasant--though I'll put up with it on occasion for the buko.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        limster Sep 12, 2006 04:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yep, agree with your definition of standard commercial, disagree with the impression of the quality of ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Atomica Sep 14, 2006 12:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I also don't feel that Mitchell's is the ultimate ice cream that a lot of people feel it is. Many of their flavors just taste like butter or cream and almost nothing of the particular flavoring.

                                                                                                                                                                                          My first job was scooping ice cream at Swensen's in Del Mar, CA. Swensen's had my favorite sundaes ever. I have yet to make it to the Swensen's in SF.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. moto Sep 9, 2006 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    hello, since you expressed interest in coffee ice cream on your Icis post, if you should be travelling on 101 betw. S.L.O. and Santa Barbara, try Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Laboratory in Arroyo Grande. In the super-premium (>14% butterfat) niche, their version is one of the few I've tried that captures the intense bitter-sweet note of fresh roasted/brewed strong black kopi. Also in the realm of super premium, if you like tropical fruit flavors or macadamia/chocolate/coconut combos, Lafferts in Maui is hard to beat. enjoy

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                                                                                                                                                                                      CynD Sep 10, 2006 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Ooh, Lappert's. Yum. I think there's a branch in Monterey, CA, and one in Manhattan Beach as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        moto Sep 10, 2006 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks for correcting the name,and the info on the shops in CA. at least my description successfully evoked what I referred to. salud

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                                                                                                                                                                                          rumgum Sep 10, 2006 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          i love Lappert's too, the Kona coffee and Green Tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Spangy123 Mar 5, 2007 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to add three more votes for Lappert's, especially the Kona Coffee. The other two votes are from my daughters, who talked me into a late night run to the parlor in Koloa on our last night on the beautiful island of Kauai. I've never tasted coffee ice cream with that much coffee flavor. So rich and creamy...yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Snoqualmie Gourmet in Maltby, WA. From Honey Lavendar to Jack Daniels rounded off with Mukilteo Mudd. mmm-mmm goodness. I'm so lucky to be close to a store that sells pints of the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                      www.snoqicecream.com

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. CynD Sep 9, 2006 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Herrell's, in Northampton and Cambridge, MA. Richardson's Dairy, near Andover, MA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Das Ubergeek Sep 9, 2006 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Absolutely Herrell's, no question.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Bostonbob3 Sep 9, 2006 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Another vote for both Herrell's (malted vanilla!) and for Richardson's. Crescent Ridge Dairy in Sharon is excellent, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            PseudoNerd Sep 10, 2006 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            How does it compare with Bart's?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              CynD Sep 10, 2006 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm not familiar with Bart's, so I can't say. Anyone?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                KitchenAid Sep 11, 2006 12:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bart's French Toast was one of my favorite memories from college. Herrell's chocolate pudding is better but I have to give a thumbs up to IceJack in Norwood center for their Peanut Butter Oreo and the creamiest Strawberry Cheesecake (with whole berries!) ever. Plus you can't beat the price for homemade ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                www.icejackinc.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                              heidipie Sep 11, 2006 04:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I lived blocks from the Herrell's in Allston in the 80s and lived on that Chocolate Pudding flavor. Glad the old innovator is still going strong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                lvecch Sep 23, 2006 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Another vote for Herrell's, as my runner-up. I used to go to the one in Allston. This time of year they start making their wonderful pumpkin ice cream. Great hot fudge too. But I have to agree with heidipie about Toscanini's - it's the greatest. I liked similar flavors as well - the cinnamon the chocolate white chocolate chip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                And while I'm in a Boston/Cambridge frame of mind, let me say a word about the long departed, much missed Bailey's. Gourmet flavors are cool, but there's nothing better than old-fashioned ice cream parlor ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Winemark Sep 9, 2006 04:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                A Danish ice cream shop in Duxbury Mass called Far Fars, it is so good it should be illegal

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  MIss G Sep 9, 2006 04:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I grew up on Polly Ann's ice cream on Noriega Street in San Francisco. My best friend and I would get the bubble gum flavor as little girls. It was pink ice cream with gum balls in it. Polly Ann's always had traditional flavors and flavors like durion (sp? that spikey fruit that smells and tastes like blue cheese) Their retail shop is closed but they still do wholesale in the city.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ML8000 Sep 9, 2006 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A 2nd to Polly Ann's. I believe they re-opened again after a remodeling this past year w/ the son taking over...or did they close again?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's and Mitchell's in the S.F., many tropical flavors and unique flavors made on the premises.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      David Kahn Sep 11, 2006 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree about Mitchell's (688 San Jose Ave., at 29th, (415) 648-2300). Absolutely superb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        pizookie75 Sep 23, 2006 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Count me in on the Mitchell's bandwagon. I finally started to appreciate ube, much to my family's surprise!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also miss Polly Ann's time to see if it's still near grandma's.

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