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The demise of ice cream in S. Tampa

We went to grab some ice cream earlier tonight and discovered to our dismay that two locally-owned businesses have gone under just in the past 2 weeks: Abbott's Frozen Custard in Hyde Park Village, and Joffrey's coffeehouse (which scooped Old Meeting House ice cream and was an all-around pleasant place to eat it) on MacDill (south of Euclid). The Marble Slab (Howard near Swann) went under several months ago. What??

(Yes, there's still a Joffrey's in Channelside.)

We repaired to the Cold Stone on Neptune just off Dale Mabry, and it was as good as ever, with a line out the door, btw. But I am bummed to see two businesses I frequented gone, and the ice cream landscape of S. Tampa seriously diminished. RIP, Abbott's and fresh-scooped Old Meeting House at Joffrey's...

What's left?

Gelato at Pane Rustica, Publix Greenwise and Duomo at International Plaza
I think they scoop Old Meeting House at Daily Eats on Howard (blech)
fro-yo (Sunni Bunni, Cali, etc.)
Cold Stone on Neptune
those drive-through frozen yogurt places, one on Henderson, another on MacDill, what the heck are they called??

What else?

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  1. You also have Marble Slab and Fresh Mouth over at Centro Ybor. The shakes at Fresh Mouth aren't bad at all.

    Apparently, there's also a Dairy Queen in the UT student center as well, but not sure if its accessible to non-students.

    Doesn't Davis Islands have a place?

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    1. re: kentski

      The Junction on S. Macdill sells ice cream, I think the Old Meeting House Ice Cream. Java & Cream on Davis Island sells Tanya & Matt's Ice Cream and there's also a yogurt place on Davis Island called Cali-something but I hvnt tried it.

      1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC

        The Junction on S. MacDill is the one that just closed.

      2. re: kentski

        Yes non-students can go to the DQ at UT as well...it is in the students center behind the centerfield fence of the baseball field...

      3. There is also Bo's ice cream in Tampa. It was good but not worth going out of the way for it. My fave is SunniBunni Frozen yogurt.

        (Strachan's in Dunedin & Palm Harbor are great too as far as the Tampa Bay area )

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        1. re: cheddarcheese32

          Where is Bo's, cheddar? I don't think I've seen it. Guess I could Google...

          1. re: Miss E

            Bo's Ice Cream
            (813) 234-3870
            7101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL

        2. I believe there is still a ColdStone in Channelside as well...

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          1. re: jdetringo

            There's a Tanya and Matt's in the food court at Westshore Plaza.

            1. re: EdC

              Tanya and Matt's closed............

              1. re: dearaunt

                there's the bagel place now in the junction's old spot, do they have gelato or ice cream? Pane has it still, and it's good, and I also like gelateria del duomo at international.

                1. re: askdrtodd

                  Whole Foods has gelato. They are bringing it in from a gelateria on the east coast of the state. It's excellent. Also, there is gelato at the restaurant at the Tampa Museum of Art. The restaurant is run by Mise en Place. I had an excellent sandwich there before the Global Lens film. During the film, I spilled my ice cream all over the new floor.

          2. If you are ever over here on the St. Pete side of the bay, make sure you try Paciugo's on Beach Dr. It is excellent. And if you go to their website, you can see the flavors of the day.



            1. the gelato place in International Mall (a strange name given the clientele of the place) has not met its demise.

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              1. re: andy huse

                That's actually my favorite place for ice cream/gelato in Tampa! I just don't get up there as often as I'd like to. But the flavor of the gelato at Gelateria del Duomo is much better than Pane Rustica's or Greenwise's gelato.

                1. re: Miss E

                  It is quite good--- i can't get off the hazlenut and pistachio. My girlfriend is a gelato nut, so i end up at International Mall once a month or so. That was often enough to inspire a song i wrote, "These Are Not My People."

                2. re: andy huse

                  I'm pretty sure they sell that company's gelato at Paci's on Dale Mabry. That's where I have always bought it .

                  1. re: Old E.

                    mmmmmmmm you just got me thinking about a paci's neopolitan pie...

                    1. re: askdrtodd

                      Go get one, and some gelato. I haven't been there in a while. We moved closer to Sally O'neils and have been going out of conveninece. I do like it too.

                3. definitely nothing wrong with java & cream on davis island. pretty affordable prices and every flavor comes from either tonya & matt's or working cow. the coconut flavor is excellent. runners-up: mocha almond fudge and mississippi mud pie

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                  1. re: austinjh

                    Call me a heathen, but I have been really enjoying the Haagen Dasz Mint from the five ingredient series. If anyone sees the lemon around, let me know. I am eager to try it.

                    1. re: CFishman

                      I love that Mint too!
                      I was buying creamy mint ice cream like that from Ed & Eddies in South Tampa but they shut down a couple years ago...

                      They also had a 'Toasted Coconut' that blew our minds...

                      1. re: CFishman

                        OK, you're a heathen! Just kidding ;-) The HD 5 ingredient ginger is heavenly. I would like to try the lemon, too. The freshness of the flavor is remarkable for a grocery store ice cream.

                        1. re: Miss E

                          So where did you find the ginger? Greenwise only had mint, chocolate and maybe vanilla. Fresh Market had nothing as far as I remember. That leaves....Sweetbay? Publix?

                          1. re: CFishman

                            I've had the HD 5 Coffee too...
                            I prefer the Starbucks, but it was good...

                            My wife & I will go nuts!
                            Must find today...

                            1. re: Mild Bill

                              Same over here. I could care less about this, but apparently Michael Pollan and others have bashed HD 5 as a marketing scam. Doesn't make one bit of difference to me. I think I would eat the mint if it had 1000 calories. Now to find ginger and lemon...


                              1. re: CFishman

                                Miss E, I have been to five grocery stores and I am sopping wet! Where'd you get the ginger!! I hit Publix (S. Dale Mabry), Sweetbay (Swann), Publix (Platt), Fresh Market (Henderson), and Wal-Mart (Kennedy). No ginger. No lemon. Bill?

                                1. re: CFishman

                                  I hit three today...
                                  Albertson's on Waters & Dale Mabry, Publix at Hills. & Sheldon, and USave in T&C...
                                  No Lemon, no Ginger...
                                  I just enjoyed some Mint... My mouth is still cold...

                                  I saw the Ginger when I Googled so it's out there!
                                  You know I buzz all around...
                                  I'll keep my eyes open...

                                  1. re: Mild Bill

                                    I wonder if we are going to have to go to the Haagen Dazs store at International Mall? I guess that is next.

                                    1. re: CFishman

                                      Whoa, I miss a couple of days and all heck breaks loose :-) I found the HD 5 ginger at the Publix Greenwise in Soho--I think they have it pretty regularly. Now remember, ice cream jedi: there is no try, there is only do.

                                      1. re: Miss E

                                        Alright, back to Greenwise it is. Thanks.

                                        1. re: CFishman

                                          I could have sworn I saw it at the Publix at Britton. I'm not positive.

                                          1. re: Old E.

                                            Bill, I think E (Old and Miss) are pulling our legs. I can find no trace of this ginger. Tonight was Fresh Market, Greenwise, Publix Britton Plaza, Publix on Nebraska, and Sweet Bay on Nebrasksa. Either the Eees are pulling a fast one are there are lurker gremlins who are eating up all the ginger. I am exasperated (but I still want the ginger).

                                            1. re: CFishman

                                              Mea culpa! I was at Greenwise myself today, and there's HD5 Mint where the Ginger used to be--major bummer! And I'm sorry I lead you on a wild-goose chase! I was thinking that since Greenwise used to stock the ginger (this I know), it might be worth asking the aisle manager to ask the distributor to bring more; there were barcode labels on the shelf for a couple of HD5 flavors that were also out of stock (though not ginger or lemon). I will ask for the ginger next time I'm there, so maybe we can build a movement...

                                              1. re: Miss E

                                                No, don't apologize. I live for the adventure. I am going to find that ginger, even if it means braving International Mall.

                                                1. re: CFishman

                                                  They have it at Super Target on W Hillsborough. Might be a bit out of your shopping zone.

                            1. re: rhnault

                              I was thinking Target and Walmart might be a good bet. Alright, thanks for the heads up. Good to know it's worth the trouble, too.

                              1. re: CFishman

                                John and I are known to split an occasional pint and he is not even the icecream fan I am and he loves it.

                                1. re: rhnault

                                  Sorry. I tried to qualify my statement with a disclaimer. I know I've seen it around, though. I knew it existed, and the only places I try to go are that Britton Publix and the Greenwise. I try to avoid greenwise b/c I spend way too much in there.

                                  1. re: Old E.

                                    Super Target on West Hillsborough had Lemon, but no Ginge...
                                    Britton Publix a few days ago didn't have it either...

                                    1. re: Mild Bill

                                      Old E, I take full responsibility for my foolish obsession. Which one of you texted me the picture? That was hilarious. It came right in the middle of class. I thought about excusing myself. I did a tour of Super Targets this evening, Lutz and there about. Mint, Coffee, Vanilla and Lemon but no ginger. I like the lemon quite a bit, interesting texture and lots of pulp/zest. I still need to get my hands on some of that ginger.

                                      1. re: CFishman

                                        It was me texting from the Super Target this afternoon at 5:23PM...

                                        I have a Krups La Glaciere and I think I'm gonna attempt a batch of Ginger Ice Cream this weekend...

                                        1. re: Mild Bill

                                          Last summer I made a preserved lemon semifreddo with basil sauce. It was great. I think I am going to try some of that basil sauce over the HD5.


                                          1. re: Mild Bill

                                            Super Target has a really awesome brand of gelatto. Can you tell I love Super Target? I am only there about 3 days a week and now my daughters boyfriend works there....

                                            1. re: rhnault

                                              See if he can order some for CFishman. I'm starting to worry about him.

                                              1. re: Old E.

                                                I think he is right Rebekah. It seems my mental health depends on boyfriend getting me some ginger.

                                                1. re: CFishman

                                                  I will watch for it and buy some for you when I see it. I should be there at least 3 times since I have the next 4 days off ;-)

                                                  1. re: rhnault

                                                    I was impressed at how nice the stores were but they were deserted. I can see why you spend so much time there. Thanks for keeping an eye out for me.

                                            2. re: Mild Bill

                                              I've made ginger ice cream in my not-so-fancy Cuisinart ice cream thingie, and it was great, if I do say so myself! Good luck with yours!

                                              1. re: Miss E

                                                you guys missed the boat. Alfredo at Snack City used to make the best ginger ice cream. I served it with fried apples...

                                                Snack City
                                                2506 W Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

                                                1. re: andy huse

                                                  I checked at Greenwise last night. No dice.

                                                  If I see some I'm going to buy it for you.

                                                  1. re: andy huse

                                                    Where do you think I'm getting my recipe from!?
                                                    Actually I just need a couple tips...
                                                    I've only tried ice cream a few times, mostly improvising, and it usually comes out grainy with small crystals...
                                                    Easy fix I know... I 've been meaning to investigate...

                                                    I'm friends with the family and see them all the time...
                                                    This was from Christmas 09'...

                                                    It was here that they had the most delicious pig cooked by Arco Iris...
                                                    That's my wife saying thank you to the piggy...
                                                    She had too much punch I think... ;-)

                                    2. re: rhnault

                                      I'll tell you where there is a single pint of HD ginger ice cream. But first, about my love of it...I was first exposed to the ginger flavor when visiting Santa Monica. I loved it. I love all ginger: fresh, candied, ginger snaps, ginger chews, ginger tea, you name it. Anyway, when I returned to my home in the Midwest, I discovered that there was no HD ginger ice cream anywhere in the state. (On the HD web site, you can enter the flavor you desire and your zip code, and they will tell you where there has been a recent delivery.) The closest cartons I could locate were in Dallas, about 4 hr away. So one weekend I drove to Dallas with a spoon, bought a carton from a Tom Thumb market, and sat in the parking lot and ate it all. To me, HD ginger ice cream had come to symbolize life in the big city, and all the good things it has to offer. So you can imagine how happy I was when I moved to Tampa to be able to get HD ginger at my neighborhood supermarket. Now, however, I fear it may become much more scarce, or even....ugh....unavailable. The HD website does not return any locations (in Tampa, Dallas, NYC, or LA) for recent deliveries. Let's hope it is just a glitch in the web site. But I noticed that Publix does not even have a slot on the shelf reserved for it anymore. Bad sign. Any way, today I was in the Albertson's at Dale Mabry and Waters. They had two pints. I left one for you guys. Enjoy.

                                      1. re: DanRR


                                        Thanks for the heads up but it was too late. Less than an hour later, the ginger was gone. Now I will start my Albertsons tour. Should be fun. By the way, if anyone thought like I did that the store at International Mall might be a good source, it wasn't. They didn't have any HD5 flavors. I think we need to start an HD5 Ginger facebook group.

                                        1. re: CFishman

                                          It was actually my wife who went to Albertson's and, well, she tricked me. She came home with the HD5 Ginger and it was great. She said something like "It was very nice of that person to leave one container. I wouldn't have." Probably true. Thanks Dan for sharing it with us. I hope the next stop isn't Dallas.

                                          1. re: CFishman

                                            Love it!!
                                            I got there shortly after your wife I imagine...

                                            I had this great Seinfeldesque fantasy in my head that we'd get there at the same time, see eachother in the parking lot, tunnelvision on eachothers eyes, then start running...

                                            I brought a spoon and had my cell phone video ready just in case...

                                            I know the manager Judy, and I left my number and asked her to order more... She promised...

                                              1. re: rhnault

                                                Two more pints of HD ginger found, at the big Publix on Gandy. Someone (I don't know who) seems to have hidden them behind the chocolate, so you may have to rummage around a bit.

                                                1. re: DanRR

                                                  OK somebody needs to bring some of this magical crack cream to the chowdown at the thai temple on Sunday, I really need to try it...

                                                  1. re: askdrtodd

                                                    The black rice custardy pudding you will get at the Temple is just as exciting. (and won't be melted)

                              2. tanya & matt's froyo is just getting ready to open in westchase where the old tcby's was in westchase at the publix plaza. they have drive thru, self serve froyo and all their homemade ice cream.

                                they shut down the store in the mall and this is going to be the new one specializing in froyo. there's a new decor that is pretty sweet. a lot of work is going into the new store. guitar hero for kids... all kinds of stuff.

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                                1. re: froyofresh

                                  That's great news! Welcome to the neighborhood.

                                2. Just to add some info re the original query...Daily Eats does serve Old Meeting House and the waitress said some flavors of another brand, which she could not remember.

                                  Nola Cafe on Platt serves Old Meeting House. Served too warm.

                                  City Street Sweets in Hyde Park Village serves Blue Bell.

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                                  1. re: DanRR

                                    Nola cafe was such a bad experience I won't ever be returning.

                                    1. re: DanRR

                                      Blue Bell! :-( We've been meaning to have ice cream there for ages, but I can't get excited about Blue Bell.

                                    2. Just found out that Datz got some stellar looking Gelato, will be by on Friday for a taste & will report back. They even have blood orange, sounds awesome. Apparently some fun unique/foodie flavors (Red Bull Gelato!) on the way too.

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                                      1. re: askdrtodd

                                        I was glad to have my HD-5 insanity affirmed by the New York Times today:


                                        1. re: CFishman

                                          I do not like the lemon one. It is the first time I have not finished a pint of ice cream. Ever. John actually ate it ;-)

                                          1. re: CFishman

                                            Geez. I can't believe people swear off an occasional luxury like ice cream/gelato when the price rises from a paltry $3 to a marginally less paltry $5. Even better that the people are going in to the high end gelato places and storming out.

                                            1. re: askdrtodd

                                              Oh, I like the lemon...and the mint...and the ginger...and the strawberry. I am not crazy about the chocolate and the coffee. Yeah, people don't know how good they have it. I would be delighted to live in a city where I could eat ice cream I can't afford.

                                              1. re: askdrtodd

                                                I will never swear off ice cream. If I can pay 9.00 for 2 frappuccinos I will certainly pay that for ice cream. We live in the day of the 18.00 mojito!

                                            2. re: askdrtodd

                                              You beat me to it. I saw they had "Gelato" on the marquis last night, and was going to post it on this thread.

                                              I was on my way back from Paci's Pizza. I have to say, again, I really think they have some of the best pizza in town. To stay on topic, they have gelato too.

                                              Paci's Pizza
                                              2307 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629

                                              1. re: askdrtodd

                                                I had gelato at Datz. I had coconut; it was not bad, not great. Not as intense flavor, though, as gelato should have. True, they did have a couple of unusual flavors. But my strongest memory of the place was the deafening noise level coming from the bar. We were able to sit outdoors. If we hadn't, my ears would have been bleeding. I'm not going back until they solve that problem.

                                              2. I hope ice cream lovers will sample and support La Unica Michoacana in the small shopping center on MacDill at Columbus. They have ice creams and paletas (popsicles) in many flavors, some of them unusual tropical fruits like tamarind, guanabana, mamey, and passionfruit. Nut flavors too: pecan and almond. Some of them are non-dairy sorbets. Their products are made on-site. Some are distributed to other vendors, but I don't know where else you can buy them. I might prefer the flavors to be a little more intense, but still, it has a great texture, a very interesting variety, and the helpings are generous and fairly priced.

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                                                1. re: DanRR

                                                  I have been meaning to stop there for quite a while, so thank you for the reminder! This week, for sure...

                                                  1. re: DanRR

                                                    Dan- looking forward to trying that! Thanks for the reco.

                                                  2. I see that no new ice cream places have been recorded in a year. That's sad. I'll add one: the Taste of Boston at the foot of the Ballast Point Pier serves about a dozen flavors of Old Meeting House ice cream. They have indoor and outdoor seating, with a great view across the bay to downtown, and a kid's playground. Could you want more?

                                                    The drive-through frozen yogurt place listed in the original post is Yogurt Naturally on MacDill near West Bay Vista Ave. It is not soft-serve - it is dipped and I like it a lot.

                                                    As for the Ginger Haagen-Dasz Five ice cream that some of us raved about last year, sadly it seems to have been discontinued. I turned up a lonely pint in a Winn-Dixie in Pinellas County about six months ago, but since then I failed to find it when looking in Tampa, New York City, and Los Angeles. It is no longer listed on the Haagen-Dasz web site.

                                                    Yogurt Naturally
                                                    3906 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

                                                    Taste of Boston
                                                    5314 Interbay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611