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Any really good Ice cream around here?

Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 11:54 AM

A couple years ago, I moved to the Maryland suburbs from Boston, where good and creative ice cream places are plentiful. I've yet to find anything similar in the DC area. Am I missing something? Any recommendations, preferably in Montgomery Cty, but I'll broaden my radius for something worthwhile.

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    Steve RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 12:17 PM

    York Castle in Rockville is #1, area-wide. So many good flavors, too, especially the tropical ones. You could also ask for their swiss sauce, though that puts it over the top (in a good way).

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      Burb_Foodie RE: Steve Jun 3, 2013 12:26 PM

      Thanks, I will try it. I'm more of a chocolate, hot fudge sundae kinda gal but maybe I'll find something I like. I'm mostly interested in the ice cream being of high quality, then variety.

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        Steve RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 12:34 PM

        Can't go wrong with the mango - you can always 'chocolatize' it with the swiss sauce.

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        DanielK RE: Steve Jun 3, 2013 02:19 PM

        Second York Castle.

        Though I don't understand why you are looking for "creative ice cream places" if you just want chocolate ice cream!

        Also look at Sam's Cafe - traditional Italian gelato, but the flavors have a Persian twist.

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          Marty L. RE: Steve Jun 3, 2013 02:41 PM

          Partial dissent: I love York Castle, especially the tropical fruit flavors and ginger, but I can't stand the swiss sauce.

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          mscoffee1 RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 02:38 PM

          The Valrhona chocolate gelato from Dolcezza (the Bethesda Row store) is a dark and wonderful (not as sweet as most gelato or ice cream) and really dark chocolate. I do not like the other flavors that I have sampled nearly as much. It is pricey, but ...

          They have a web site, but the address is:
          7111 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, Md.

          There is also Moorenko's Ice Cream in Silver Spring, but I have not been in a long time.

          I really like the York Castle ice cream (in Rockville too, but have never had anything chocolate there). I usually don't choose fruit flavors except at this place.

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            Steve RE: mscoffee1 Jun 3, 2013 03:12 PM

            At Dolcezza (gelato, not ice cream) I go for the amargo chocolate and the sea salt, don't care much about the other flavors.

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              helen_m RE: mscoffee1 Jun 12, 2013 06:44 PM

              I like Dolcezza a lot (my 3 year old adores the valrhona gelato) and the staff are so friendly. I had a cup of roasted strawberry gelato and campari and grapefruit sorbet recently which was a nice combination.

              I buy Moorenko's from wholefoods - their creme fraiche ice cream is totally addictive and great on the side of a slice of chocolate espresso cake, fruit pies etc.

              I also love the ice cream in 2 Amys (I know, I am their biggest fan!) their vanilla is so custardy and they do lovely seasonal flavours - the roasted pineapple on tuesday was so good.

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                Chocolatechipkt RE: helen_m Jun 12, 2013 06:46 PM

                I love 2 Amys' ice cream and sorbets, too! Sooo good.

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              Doh RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 04:47 PM

              York Castle is the best. For gelato I think Pitango is pretty good, and you can try the custard at Dairy Godmother, but you just have to get used to the fact that the ice cream isn't as good as Boston.

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                Querencia RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 04:53 PM

                I am years away from your area so I don't know, but does the University of Maryland still have an ice cream place in College Park on Route 1 that is an outlet and lab for its ice cream-making Dairy/Ag students? I still dream of their malted milks with an extra ice cream float. I googled and came up with The Dairy [shop] in Turner Hall. If they are still in business, don't miss this. Wildly high butterfat. Yelp talks about it.

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                  Steve RE: Querencia Jun 3, 2013 05:42 PM

                  According to the website, it is open 10am-3pm M-F. Closed weekends.

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                  hamster RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 06:35 PM

                  I moved here from Boston, and I miss the ice cream as well! I really love Thomas Sweet's in Georgetown. Really high quality, my favorite is the chocolate peanut butter. Lots of fun chocolatey flavors.

                  1. GraydonCarter RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 10:54 PM

                    Jimmie Cone in Damascus is popular, I think because of the serving size of the soft-serve cone. It was featured on DDD.

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                      flavrmeistr RE: GraydonCarter Jun 12, 2013 10:14 PM

                      There's a Jimmie Cone in Mt. Airy as well. The ice cream is okay, though nothing special. Avoid the "jimmies", which are basically tiny pellets of wax that slide off the cone and fall in your lap.

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                      laraffinee RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 3, 2013 11:10 PM

                      Oh my - having lived in Cambridge for 11 years, I remember Steve's and then the later version of his called Herrell's! I have not had ice cream like that anywhere in this area. Moorenko's is good and probably my first choice here, but Steve's/Herrell's was the King of Ice cream, and the Coffee Connection was the best coffee ever. I really miss them a lot!

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                        Burb_Foodie RE: laraffinee Jun 4, 2013 06:54 AM

                        Not just Herrell's, but Toscanini's and Christina's and JP Licks and Lizzie's and....

                      2. Chocolatechipkt RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 4, 2013 07:03 AM

                        The Dairy Godmother in the Del Ray area of Alexandria.

                        And in Mont. Co., Dolci Gelati just opened in Takoma Park

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                          Mer_Made RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 4, 2013 07:19 AM

                          Max's on Wisconsin Ave before it closes is a good choice.

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                            benk RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 12, 2013 02:15 PM

                            Try Tropical Ice Cream on Georgia near Forest Glen... I miss Harrell's too, and even some places in New Haven, but Tropical is quite fun.

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                              nickdanger RE: Burb_Foodie Jun 14, 2013 08:44 AM

                              Moorenko's in Silver Spring, on GA Ave., next to the seafood institution Crisfield's. Much better fresh than in the frozen dairy case

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