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May 2, 2009 10:19 PM

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 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 )

        2 Replies
        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.