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FFD County - Ice Cream

amanda3571 May 28, 2009 12:07 PM

I was looking at hotel96's post of a multi-state ice cream tour over on the NE board, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/621902, and wondered where there are, if any, homemade ice cream shops in FFD County. I know we've got Dr. Mike's in Bethel....and per h96's ice cream tour, there is Timothy's in Bridgeport (never heard of). What else? Anything closer? There are plenty of BR, Carvels, Coldstone (YUCK) etc.... Anywhere to go for the real deal?

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    hungrykids May 28, 2009 12:32 PM

    We like Mr. Shane's in Ridgefield and Scoops in Wilton (not sure if they make their own, however).

    Dr. Mike's, in Bethel, is in Fairfield County, which is what your post asks for. What do you mean by "anything closer?"

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    1. re: hungrykids
      amanda3571 May 28, 2009 12:38 PM

      Sorry I should have clarified SW Fairfield County. I'm in the Stamford/Norwalk area. Dr. Mike's is an old fave but it's a hike from here.

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      gillyweed May 28, 2009 01:54 PM

      Sunny Daes in Stamford - right near Cummings Park.

      1. jfood May 28, 2009 04:54 PM

        the jfoods were driving back from brunch in the city and were looking for an ice cream spot along the Merriitt. The only store we could think of was Gofer. Jfood has never been so passed. Have you been there yet?

        And if jfood wants a great frozan treat his go to spot is Gelatissimo in NC on Forest St around the corner from Joe's Pizza.

        Years ago when the little jfoods were home he went to Mr Shanes in Ridgefield and the place in Wilton (mayne the name was scoops) behind the little gourmet shopping store near the Post Office. But jfood is not sure either are still open.

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        1. re: jfood
          ChefBoyAreMe May 29, 2009 06:03 AM

          Seconding Mr Food's reco on Gelatissimo...as long as gelato qualifies as ice cream under your definition. Home made and delicious!

          Gofer is just so-so...there is one in the same building as 1020 Post Rd and Ole Mole in Darien, so it is GD (Geographically Desirable), but nothing special, and not home made.

          Sunny Day's near Shippan in Stamford is OK...it has one big thing to recommend it, in my book. CT is technically part of New England, and it shocks me that no place around seems to carry that New England classic flavor (the Northeast's equivalent to Italy's nocciolo, aka hazelnut--the national flavor)....Maple Walnut. It isn't even a great maple walnut, but wins by default since I know of nowhere else around to get it.

          Last, for a homey feeling (though the ice cream is not technically home made), there is Brendan's 101 in Rowayton, near Rowaton Seafood. A regular stop for the Chef family on summer Sat or Sun evenings (look for the yellow jeep)

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            jfood May 29, 2009 06:50 AM

            There is also an ice creamplace in Norwalk across the river from SONO next to Harbor Lights.

            Anyone been?

            1. re: jfood
              ChefBoyAreMe May 29, 2009 08:26 AM

              NoI, but sounds like it would be worth trying whenever I actually try that outside seafood shack I heard is right around there, too.

              1. re: ChefBoyAreMe
                jfood May 29, 2009 08:30 AM


                Manage your expectations of the shack. you may need the ice cream to satisfy your chowhound instincts.

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                  ChefBoyAreMe May 29, 2009 08:33 AM

                  Sage council.

                  Not a geography that is a usual pass by for me, and sounds like not worth a special trip. So, it'll probably only happen if I find myself in the area at the same time I'm looking for a bite.

                  1. re: jfood
                    Avalondaughter May 29, 2009 09:25 AM

                    Are you referring to Mr. Chubby's? I love that place. The ice cream is good, but nothing special, but they have great sundaes and I just love the vibe of the place.

              2. re: ChefBoyAreMe
                amanda3571 May 29, 2009 07:36 AM

                Gelato most certainly qualifies! I miss the gelato guy in Stamford, who used to serve out of his little shack down in the Cove. If it ever stops raining, I'll check out Gelatissimo.

                As for Gofer, the name is so so unappealing to me, I doubt I'll ever set foot in there. Sunny Daes is ok, and it's close. I will also check out Scoops in Wilton.

                1. re: amanda3571
                  ChefBoyAreMe May 29, 2009 08:23 AM


                  Gelato Paradiso!!!

                  He moved up to the Wilton/Ridgefield border on RT 7 after closing in Stamford, right by the Nissan dealer. he was there for a couple of years, but disappeared. I heard they relocated to Florida, but don't know where, exactly.

                  1. re: ChefBoyAreMe
                    amanda3571 May 29, 2009 08:48 AM

                    Yes, Sante!!! I went up to Rte 7 a few yrs back a couple of times for his gelato, he also had containers at the now defunct Cafe Bria. His gelato was the best. I miss it.

                2. re: ChefBoyAreMe
                  gillyweed May 29, 2009 08:23 AM

                  Another flavor Sunny Daes has that I don't frequently see outside of New England is Moose Tracks. May not be a "classic" like Maple Walnut - but it is one of my faves! I grew up in NH and worked summers at a popular ice cream place (Johnson's Dairy Bar for those familiar with Rt 4 in NH). Sunny Daes isn't as good as what I grew up with, but I prefer it to BR, Carvel, or Dairy Queen.

                  1. re: gillyweed
                    ChefBoyAreMe May 29, 2009 08:58 AM

                    Brendan's 101 has Moose Tracks...Check it out:


                    1. re: ChefBoyAreMe
                      gillyweed May 29, 2009 09:07 AM

                      Thanks! I will definitely give it a try.

                    2. re: gillyweed
                      hungrykids May 29, 2009 10:33 AM

                      Moose Tracks is made by Hershey's (I think)...in any event, it's not homemade. I've had it at the place just up the road from Target in Bethel (can't think of the name - maybe Double Freeze or something like that????) and saw it somewhere else locally recently but don't remember that, either. (Helpful, huh???) Either I need more ice cream to nourish my brain or I've had too much ice cream and the brain cells are frozen and not working properly....

                      1. re: hungrykids
                        ChefBoyAreMe Jun 1, 2009 09:50 AM

                        I know Hershey's probably owns the TM, and the production may be outsourced, but this weekend I noticed the tubs in the freezer at 101 had a different name on them---Something Creamery, I think...didn't write it down, and now have forgotten.

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                  luvarugula May 28, 2009 07:20 PM

                  Not exactly ice cream, but very good homemade gelato at Helados Vazquez on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport (in the Black Rock area).

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                    Johnct May 29, 2009 06:27 AM

                    Not homemade ice cream but "smaller" production is Longford's in Old Greenwich, and then a Gelato option at Darlene's just further down the road ice ceam - not homemade either.

                    1. adamclyde May 29, 2009 09:41 AM

                      I really like the homemade ice cream you get at Meli-Melo in Greenwich on Greenwich ave. Really like their hazelnut...

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                        amanda3571 May 29, 2009 10:21 AM

                        This sounds delish. I'm going to be on the Ave this afternoon. Thanks! :)

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                          adamclyde May 29, 2009 11:25 AM

                          it's probably been 3 years since I had ice cream there, but I doubt their quality has changed. Let me know how it is. It's not cheap. Probably around $4.50, but it's high quality and comes in a big waffle cone, which I love.

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                            amanda3571 May 29, 2009 05:18 PM

                            I actually forgot....I got out of an appt and all I could think of was "oh I'm right near Greenwich Prime Meats" :) Picked up some steaks, salad, and crisp onions for dinner. God I miss Maneros. Will be on the Ave next week, so I'm making a mental note now to stop at Meli-Melo! Hopefully it won't be near dinner time again.

                            1. re: adamclyde
                              marcia2 Jun 2, 2009 08:29 AM

                              It's hands down the best ice cream I've had in the area. The flavors are intense and wonderful. For instance, the mint is made with real, fresh mint, not flavoring or extract and you can taste the difference.

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                          harrie May 29, 2009 10:09 AM

                          It's not closer to.Stamford, but it is in Fairfield County, and it's worth the trip to check out Ferris Acres in Newtown.

                          And they offer Maple Walnut.

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                          1. re: harrie
                            CTburgerlover Jun 6, 2009 03:58 AM

                            FERRIS ACRES, that's it. This is a GREAT recommendation. Could not remember the name, but once you go you'll never forget the ice cream.

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                            Ima Foodie Jun 1, 2009 07:33 AM

                            Best ice cream I've ever had was at Walnut Beach Creamery in Milford - very interesting flavor combinations and very fresh.

                            1. a_w_taylor Jun 5, 2009 10:49 AM

                              Timothy's in Black Rock is my favorite - hands down. I've been going there since I was a kid. They had the slab to mix your ingredients in long before Cold Stone ever made an appearance. My Dad coined the term "smoosh-ins" for our custom creations.

                              Might have to head there this weekend!

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