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D.C. 2013 Ice Cream Guide
July 17, 2013 | 9:00AM

All words: Mary Beth McAndrews, Alana Wise, Brandon Weight, Yensa Werth

It’s hot. It’s so damn hot. We’ve taken it upon ourselves (and waistlines) to find the ultimate steals and summer treats in EVERYTHING the District has to offer when it comes to frozen goods. Everything. From custards to froyo to food trucks, we’ve got you covered. Dig in, D.C.

Ice Cream

  • KaleidoScoops, 5926 Kingstowne Towne Ctr Ste 170 Alexandria: This ice cream shop doesn’t just serve scoops of ice cream; they serve, malts, shakes, smoothies, Italian sodas, sundaes, banana splits, and their special KaliedoChills. That tasty treat is like a frappe, but much smoother and creamier. If you just want scoops of ice creams, you will have no trouble there, but you may have trouble picking a flavor from their huge selection.They even have ice cream cake. I mean, what else could you want from an ice cream store?
  • Larry’s Ice Cream, 1633 Connecticut Ave NW: Known for its homemade ice cream, Larry’s Ice Cream is a favorite of many in the Dupont Circle area. Not only do they have amazing ice cream, but tasty cupcakes as well. How could this place get any better?  Larry! Fans of this ice cream shop can’t get enough of him. Check out Larry’s for great desserts and even better entertainment.
  • Thomas Sweet, 3214 P St NW: For all of you health conscious people who’s mouths are watering from reading this list, Thomas Sweet has delicious fat-free frozen yogurt! This traditional, cash-only ice cream shop is known for its homemade fudge and gracious portions (for all of you none health conscious people). Their signature item is the blend-in, where they combine eight scoops for your favorite ice cream flavor with whatever candy, nuts or fruit you want in a machine to produce a mind blowing sundae.
  • Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Co., 109 King Street, Old Town Alexandria: This store has everything and we mean everything. From scoops of ice cream and banana splits to egg creams and root beer floats, you may just have to come back more than once. They also have several healthier options, such as protein shakes and non-fat ice cream for those of you who want a tasty frozen treat sans the calories. Of course all 63 flavors are made in-house.
  • Faithfully Sweet, five kiosks in the Convention Center: Faithfully Sweet is unique as they make their ice cream by using liquid nitrogen. Also, they naturally sweeten their ice cream with agave, honey, and maple syrup. They offer over 50 flavors, from the standard chocolate and vanilla to banana chocolate madness and blueberry lemonade sorbet. There are also several gluten and wheat free options. While Faithfully Sweet only has kiosks for now, there will be a cafe opening soon. Check their Facebook and Twitter for updates!
  • Cone E Island, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW: This standard ice cream shop is a hot spot for GW students. But, they’re attempting to branch out by offering healthier options such as Skinny Minnie frozen yogurt and protein shakes. They also offer a variety of baked goods.
  • Georgetown Scoops, 2818 Pennsylvania Ave NW: This cute little ice cream shop offers a huge variety of both ice cream and sorbet flavors. They want to create a European cafe feel while serving only the best food made from the best ingredients. Plus, they have smoothies!

  • Sugar Magnolia, 3417 Connecticut Ave: This market offers a rotating line-up of flavors such as Vanilla Malt, Rocky Road, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Sorbet (dairy free), Chai, Pumpkin, Peppermint, and Maple Bacon. Also, ice cream sandwiches. Need I say more? It’s a great place to go if you’re feeling adventurous with ice cream flavors. Facebook
  • Moorenko’s Ice Cream Shoppe, 8030-B Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring: If you love stores that support local farmers, Moorenko’s is the place for you. All of the dairy used is from small, family-owned, local farms. The ice cream is naturally lower in sugar and all of the added ingredients (fruit, nuts, chocolate, etc.) are high quality. And just because they are organic doesn’t mean their flavors are limited; in fact, their flavor list seems unending. They’re known for their unique flavors, like Cotton Candy Gummy Bear, Honey Lavender, and Guinness. Facebook, Twitter
  • Mon Amour Ice Cream and Crepes, 431 11th St NW: Who doesn’t love ice cream? Who doesn’t love crepes? But together? Absolute perfection. Sweet and savory crepes paired with delicious ice cream or milkshakes makes for a fantastic summer lunch, dinner, hell even a snack if you’re feeling ambitious. Twitter
  • Trickling Springs Creamery: 1309 5th Street NE: Their super premium ice cream is made from dairy provided by small, local farmers in the area. They have monthly flavors, with Blueberry being July’s flavor. They also have several other flavors they offer daily, such as chocolate, grapenut, coffee, and peaches’n'cream. They supply tons of stores in Maryland, Virginia, and Maryland but this is one of their retail stores. Facebook, Twitter
  • Nicecream Factory: This ice cream factory is unique as it creates unique, customizable treats for each customer with liquid nitrogen. Anything you want, they can make (within reason). Everything is made to order, something you can’t say for most ice cream shops. Plus, all the ingredients are from local farms and shops. Facebook, Twitter

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Gelato

  • Dolcezza, four locations in the D.C. Metro area: Dolcezza pledges to only use the finest ingredients in their gelato as well as making in fresh daily. They are huge supporters of local farmers, using ingredients only from those farmers, from herbs to fruits. Everything is done by hand, no steps skipped or shortcuts taken. Flavors change weekly, so check their website for what flavors they’re offering at each location. Examples of what they can offer include Champagne Mango, Cucumber Mint Vodka, and Chocolate Mexicano. FacebookTwitter
  • Dolci Gelati, 5766 2nd St NE: This delicious gelato is the brainchild of pastry chef Gianluigi Dellaccio. He uses nothing but the best ingredients in his gelato, which is made in his “Laboratorio del Gelato” aka laboratory of gelato. In honor of National Ice Cream month, there are several fantastic ice cream deals they’ll be having:

-July 15th – National Ice Cream Day: Make this day even better and celebrate with Gelato and some special Italian Pastry Tarts.
-July 17th – Peach Ice Cream Day: Stop by at Dolci Gelati Café and have some Peach Yogurt Gelato, and get fresh peach for topping as a courtesy.
-July 23rd – Vanilla Ice Cream Day: Want to give a special touch to your Gelato? Free toppings all day.

  • Pitango, several locations throughout D.C.: Pitango promises all real ingredients, all real taste in their authentic Italian gelato and sorbets. Their list of flavors include spicy chocolate, black tea, chocolate hazelnut, and mojito. Even better, they offer a list of their ingredients so you know exactly what you’re eating when you order their gelato or sorbet. Facebook, Twitter

Ice Cream Trucks & Carts

  • Cream Cycle DC: Combining the awesomeness of both Ice cream and the sandwich, Cream Cycle DC brings you gourmet ice Cream sandwiches on the go. Their flavors combinations are both bizarre and delicious and including Bacon & Olive, Corn Brown Sugar, and Mexican Jalapeno Chocolate. They also have the traditional ice cream sandwich called Ebony & Ivory for all your play it safe taste buds. Ice cream sandwiches are sold from restored vintage tricycles with freezers built in. Locations are announced daily through social media, so make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out where they will be riding around.
  • Scoops2U: More than just your average ice cream truck, Scoops2U doesn’t just do ice cream, it does ice cream sundaes. You order whatever flavors you want, then create your own sundae with their toppings buffet. They also make their own ice cream sandwiches with their homemade cookies, with flavors like Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. Facebook Twitter
  • Nice Dream Truck: This ice cream truck supplies Moorenko’s ice cream, which is locally made and hormone-free. There are some whacky flavors such as Cotton Candy Gummy Bear, Creme Fraiche, and Honey Sunflower Seed. If you want ice cream that isn’t the average chocolate or vanilla, hit this truck up. But, they still do serve the usual chocolate and vanilla along with their various variations (Cookie Overload flavor, could ya die?). Check their Twitter account for updates on their truck locations.
  • Clayboy’s Shaved Ice, Woodmont Ave & Bethesda Ave Bethesda Row, Bethesda: Ice cream too heavy for you? Well there is a solution: Clayboy’s Shaved Ice. Shaved ice is just what is sounds like: finely shaved ice that is then doused with what ever syrup you want, from cherry to skylite. It’s basically a snow cone, but a lot better.
  • The Orange Cow: Delicious homemade ice cream in a variety of vessels, what more could you want? Maybe a sundae or some sorbet or a float! So many things packed into such a small food truck. And they aren’t just a summer food truck; they serve into the fall. Facebook, Twitter

  • Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats: Goodies is throwin’ it back with their vintage van named “Gigi” and matching vintage frozen treats. Frozen custard is their namesake, but they also serve doughnuts, peach cobbler, and more. If you wish you were born in a different time and want a taste of it, visit the Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats truck. Facebook, Twitter
  • Street Cream: If you like your ice cream with a taste of hip-hop, then check out Street Cream. They’re an average ice cream truck with a unique look, giving their flavors names like “Nilla’ Ice” and “Snitchin’ Berry.” Sizes are “Cool Wit’ It” (small), “Down Wit’ It” (medium), and “Have’n Sum” (large). Even better, they now serve “Milk-quakes.” Facebook, Twitter
  • Captain Cookie and the Milkman: What’s better than milk and cookies? How about cookies and ice cream? This unique food truck travels around D.C. offering the most delicious cookies money can buy as well as the best ice cream. Even better, you can combine the two into an amazing ice cream sandwich. They only offer four flavors, but they are delicious and homemade. If you have a hankering for ice cream sandwiches, seek out Captain Cookie. Facebook, Twitter

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Frozen Custard

  • The Dairy Godmother, 2310 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria: The Dairy Godmother serves both frozen custard and unique varieties of sorbet. The frozen custard flavors change per day, so check their website or just the chalkboard in the store for the daily flavor. Along with the custard comes with a plethora of unique sorbet flavors, such as Lemon Lavender, Pineapple with Cilantro, and Fresh Pumpkin. Flavors depend on seasonal availability and such, so check out the store to see what cool flavors you can try. FacebookTwitter
  • Dickey’s Frozen Custard, 1710 I St NW: Dickey’s offers something that is hard to find these days: simplicity. They serve only three flavors of frozen custard, the standard chocolate, vanilla, and swirl. But, they offer a plethora of both healthy and not-so-healthy topping choices, from fruit to crushed Oreos. It provides something for everyone, whether it be just a plain cone to a massive DIY sundae.

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Frozen Yogurt

  • Mr. Yogato, 1515 17th Street NW: This ain’t your mama’s average froyo shop. Mr. Yogato takes the froyo trend and gives it a new spin, offering both original and new flavors, such as pink guava, spiced chai, pear cinnamon, and more. He also offers more than 40 toppings for these crazy frozen yogurt flavors. Along with delicious yogurt, the employees are a delightful, starting singalongs, providing funky trivia, and asking you thought-provoking questions as you purchase your crazy frozen treat. Yogato will even take customer suggestions for new flavors and toppings, which is pretty cool. TwitterFacebook
  • Sweetgreen, various locations throughout D.C.: Sweetgreen offers a more natural and organic look to frozen yogurt. Its yogurt is made with Stonyfield yogurt and is all-natural and fat-free. Their toppings also take a more healthy route, not offering the usual M&Ms or sprinkles, but instead offering a variety of dried fruits, nuts, and granola. If you love frozen yogurt, but want a more healthy option, head to your nearest Sweetgreen. FacebookTwitter

Speciality Ice Cream

  • Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, 3000 K Street NW: While they offer traditional scoops of ice cream, Farmers, Fishers, Bakers serve sundaes, a super Banana Split, and feature daily special with ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cakes. Their ice cream flavors include Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla Bean, Malted Dulce de Leche, Pecan Butter Brickle and daily sorbet flavor. FacebookTwitter
  • Mike’s Deli @ Lazy Sundae, Delivery Ice Cream: Want ice cream but don’t have any in the fridge and you have no motivation to leave the house to buy some? Call up Lazy Sundae and they will deliver their ice cream, sundaes, or milkshakes to your door. They have a huge selection of ice cream flavors on their site, and even more they don’t even put on the menu. Facebook
  • Belga Cafe, 514 Eighth St. SE: Primarily a Belgian restaurant, this cafe’s Hoegaarden Honey Milkshake gets it a spot on this guide. This boozy float is for the adults but it’ll make you feel like a kid again. It is made with Hoegaarden beer and housemade vanilla ice cream that has a lavender honey and beer infusion. Sounds just grown-up enough to order. Belga’s Cafe also serves a dessert, La Grande Dame Blanche, that is simply vanilla ice cream covered in delicious chocolate and whipped cream. Facebook, Twitter
  • Bourbon Steak, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW: This well-known steakhouse has an equally fantastic dessert menu. They serve a root beer float made with sassafras ice cream AND a root beer sorbet (I didn’t even know that was possible). They also serve salty caramel ice cream covered in Nutella and hazelnuts which has already won my heart without me having to even try it. Facebook, Twitter
  • Shilla Bakery, 6 locations throughout the D.C. metro area: While they are primarily a bakery (surprise, surprise), Shilla Bakery also offers some unique Asian frozen desserts for customers to try. They serve bubble tea, a milkshake-like beverage with giant balls of tapioca at the bottom, and bingsoo, a type of shaved ice that is covered in a variety of toppings. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for a new spin on dessert that isn’t just a scoop of ice cream or a standard milkshake. Facebook, Twitter
  • Serendipity 3, 3150 M St. NW: This restaurant specializes in frozen hot chocolate, milkshakes, and floats in a variety of flavors. They are also known for serving the most expensive sundaes, BUT the most delicious (I mean, Deep Fried Oreo sundae? C’mon now). Please. Just go and get a sundae. Facebook
  • Et Voila, 5120 MacArthur Blvd NW: This restaurant specializes in Belgian cuisine so naturally, they’re going to have Belgian dessert. The best part of their dessert: their homemade Hoegaarden Beer Ice Cream. Beer in ice cream sounds like a dream come true. They also serve speculoos ice cream, speculoos being a European spiced shortbread biscuit, and a trio of homemade sorbets. Facebook

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  • j says:

    I got to plug The Charmery on 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. This is a brand new “super-premium” ice cream place. They have classic Maryland flavors like Berger cookie and even OLD BAY ICE CREAM (don’t believe me, check the website). Check them out, if you’re up in DC’s charming neighbor to the north. http://thecharmery.com/

  • TJ says:

    Sugar Magnolia closed

  • Alicia says:

    Thomas Sweet now takes credit cards. You’re no longer constrained by your $200/day ATM limit.

  • Roberta N says:

    Kids used to stroll on Sunday to the Ice Cream shop with their Mom and Dad. Our town was tiny, good people would stop to talk and laugh. We only had three flavors for god’s sake. I sill love those days.