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Double Scoop, Please! 10 Stellar Ice Cream Spots in the US

Jul 12 2013 - 12:30pm

Is there anything better than ice cream on a Summer day? Doubt it. While we love making our own at-home frosty delights [1], there's something about hitting the best ice cream shop in town that makes us feel as giddy as a 5-year-old. In honor of National Ice Cream Month [2], we're rounding up the most famous ice cream spots in the US. Whether you live in California or New York or anywhere in between, check out the tastiest ice cream shops this country has ever seen. Ready, set, get those spoons ready!

Source: Instagram [3] and Facebook [4]

Bi-Rite Creamery

San Francisco doesn't have the warmest Summer, so when there's a line around the block for ice cream even though it's 60 degrees out, you know it has to be good. Nearly everything that goes into the delicious desserts at Bi-Rite Creamery [5] is made from scratch — with scrumptious flavors like balsamic strawberry and salted caramel, you can tell by the taste and by the crowds.

Source: Instagram user pnuqui [6]

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer is the skilled James Beard Award winner behind Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams [7]. The lucky folks in Ohio and Tennessee get to regularly enjoy the ice cream chain that's consistently rated as one of the top in the country, although people from all over the US are flocking to flavors like pistachio honey and wildberry lavender.

Source: Instagram user jenisicecreams [8]

Capogiro Gelato

What's an ice cream roundup without gelato? Capogiro Gelato [9] in Philadelphia prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients to make the ice cream from scratch daily. Other draws: artisan flavors like pomegranate and Thai coconut milk that are hard to come by anywhere else.

Source: Instagram user capogiro_gelato [10]

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

You can't go to New York City's Chinatown without making a stop at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory [11]. The local landmark is known for putting a twist on the traditional treat and serving scoops of black sesame, Zen butter, and more yumminess for throngs of New Yorkers and out-of-towners.

Source: Facebook user Chinatown Ice Cream Factory [12]

Gray's Ice Cream

In Tiverton, RI, lies one of the country's most famous ice cream institutions. Since 1923, Gray's Ice Cream [13] has been drawing crowds of people with mouthwatering sweets that include its famous (rum-based!) frozen pudding ice cream.

Source: Instagram user sickonebayybeee [14]


Throughout Chicago and much of the Midwest, Oberweis [15] is the go-to source for top-notch ice cream and all things dairy. Since 1951, it's been selling classic sundaes and sprinkle-covered cones to the delight of both kids and adults.

Source: Instagram user air_deezy23 [16]

Sweet Republic

With all the heat that hits Scottsdale, AZ, a place like Sweet Republic [17] is a godsend. Flavors like blue cheese with dates are famous around the city, and the shop doesn't just stop at ice cream. Sorbet and ice cream pies round out the menu of tasty treats.

Source: Instagram user velcrocity [18]

The Creole Creamery

Leave it to The Creole Creamery [19] in New Orleans to churn out standout flavors seen nowhere else. Jalapeño strawberry cheesecake? Check. No wonder it's considered a must-hit stop even in a city with no shortage of delectable gems.

Source: Instagram user epodenaj [20]

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

While it's not exactly ice cream, frozen custard makes the list thanks to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard [21] in St. Louis. Since 1929, it's been dishing out the iconic Missouri treat like nobody's business. A thick, upside-down milkshake in flavors like lemon crumb? Sign us up stat!

Source: Facebook user Ted Drewes Inc. [22]

Molly Moon's Ice Cream

If you're ever in Seattle, you must make a stop at one of the Molly Moon's Ice Cream [23] shops. Even though it sells classic flavors like strawberry that you're used to, what makes it stand apart is that its ice cream is made from the freshest — mostly local — fruit.

Source: Instagram user mollymoonicecream [24]

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