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21 New Ice Cream Destinations That Will Save You from the Summer Heat

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It's hot out there and ice cream is clearly the solution. Eater has rounded up 21 worthy frozen candidates that have opened across the country in the past year to help things along.

Some of these are brand new shops, others are familiar ice cream makers striking out in new directions, and still others are restaurants that are getting into the ice cream game. You have many choices. Looking for an old-school vibe? Check out Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream in NYC or Bluebird Ice Cream in Seattle for that soda fountain feel. Prefer frozen yogurt? Get it hyper-local at Portland's Eb & Bean or with Greek flair at Souvla in San Francisco. Gelato more to your taste? Head to Dolce Neve in Austin, Via Gelato in Honolulu, or A La Mode in San Antonio.

Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Ice Cream Heatmap. Is your favorite new shop missing? You know what do.



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1. A La Mode

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255 East Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 328-9411
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San Antonio Current food and nightlife editor and Eater contributor Jessica Elizarraras says A La Mode's gelato is making waves at the Quarry Farmers Market. Owner Josh Biffle went to culinary school in Italy, trained under gelato masters, and then brought it all back to this charming San Antonio gelato stand. Photo]

2. Alta CA

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1420 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 590-2585
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The Daniel Patterson Group's fifth restaurant Alta CA has an ice cream parlor right inside: The Malted at Alta. There's a menu of high end soft-serve ice cream creations which can be ordered in a freshly made waffle cup. [Photo]

3. Beardcat's

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BeardCat's Sweet Shop is the ice cream shop located under the recently opened Sullivans Island restaurant The Obstinate Daughter. Pastry chef Caroline Sherman is running the show here, serving up gelato, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, floats, and grown-up ice cream bars. [Photo]

4. Bluebird Ice Cream

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3515 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 588-1079
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A grand re-opening of Seattle's beloved Bluebird Microcreamery means that the city is now home to an old fashioned soda fountain with "soda jerks making floats, shakes, and sundaes behind a salvaged and restored pharmacy soda counter," reports Eater Seattle. [Photo]

5. BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo

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3770 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 730-7777
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"The Monte Carlo now has a poppy fresh ice cream shop serving up creamy slow-churned ice cream and trendy treats," writes Eater Vegas. Highlights include ice cream creations like sundaes, floats, and ice cream sandwiches. [Photo]

6. Cloud 10 Creamery

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5216 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 434-6129
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There are 10 all-year flavors and a menu of 10 rotating seasonal flavors which right now includes Smoked Corn and Lavender Milk Chocolate. There's also a bodacious banana split and gorgeous ice cream cakes. [Photo]

7. Dolce Neve

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1713 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-5568
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Says Eater Austin editor Meghan McCarron about this sunny gelateria: "Dolce Neve is fucking amazing. They toast their nuts in house, so all their nut-based gelatos actually taste fresh, and they make seasonal fruit sorbet with local fruits. Local milk, too." [Photo]

8. Dolcezza Gelato and Coffee

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1418 14th St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 817-3900
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The gelato experts of Dolcezza have given DC not one but two new ways to get a fix: Customers can either stroll up to the takeout window for sundaes or Stumptown coffee at the newly opened 14th street location or they can visit the factory that opened in December for a tour and a trip to the tasting room and coffee lab. [Photo]

9. Eb and Bean

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1425 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 281-6081
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The frozen yogurt shop answer to the question: "Is it local?" Eater Portland notes that Eb & Bean makes their frozen yogurt from local dairy and tops it with treats from local vendors like salted caramel sauce featuring Jacobsen's Salt Co., granola by Kim Boyce's Bakeshop, and orange cardamom caramel corn from Pinkletons. [Photo]

10. Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

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3077 University
San Diego, CA 92104
(858) 717-5063
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32 flavors of Hawaii's Tropical Dreams ice cream are on offer here. Customers devour their Lychee Cream, Poha Berry, and Kona Coffee with Caramel scoops under the friendly light of a chandelier made from glass sundae cups. [Photo]

11. Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Co.

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204 Sackett Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 987-4983
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After working at a craft brewery, Stef Ferrari applied the model to the Brooklyn ice creamery which is part production facility and part tasting room. Along with scoops of wide-ranging ice cream flavors, there's also something called The Barnburner: Ice cream and toppings are stuffed inside shells like pretzel rolls and rice crispy treats, then "heated and sealed and served to toasty, cool, creamy perfection." [Photo]

12. Ice Cream Jubilee

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301 Water Street, SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 863-0727
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Eater DC readers are already calling this new ice cream shop one of their favorites in town. "Unconventional" handmade flavors like Cardamon Black Pepper, Thai Iced Tea, and Banana Bourbon Caramel are the reason why. [Photo]

13. Ice Cream Riot

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1238 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
(720) 475-1853
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The ice cream shop that's "well worth the trip" according to Eater Denver, Ice Cream Riot offers scoops of quirky, small batch ice creams like Cheddar Goldfish and and Andes Mint. They also have Philadelphia-style water ices. [Photo]

14. MELT Ice Creams

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954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 886-8365
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This "farm-to-cone" creamery is all about local ingredients, which owner Kari Crowe uses to whip up seasonal flavors like Berry Basil and Mint Julep. [Photo: Photo]

15. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

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2 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 209-7684
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New Yorkers love to wait in line, and at Morgenstern's they are queuing up for small batch ice creams served in a modern soda fountain setting. The menu boasts multiple versions of classic flavors, plus floats, splits, shakes, and much, much more. [Photo]

16. Playa Provisions

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119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 683-5019
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Former Top Cheffer Brooke Williamson gets into the ice cream game at Small Batch, an ice creamery at Playa Provisions (the multi-concept venue she opened with Nick Roberts). Williamson's daily-changing homemade flavors are playful like Thai Iced Tea and Chocolate Malted Crunch. [Photo]

17. Purple Door Ice Cream

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205 S 2nd St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 231-3979
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Milwaukee's favorite ice cream makers have finally gotten a brick-and-mortar shop that the locals are "going crazy for" says writer and Eater contributor Todd Lazarski. Customers can get scoops in homemade waffle cones, "flights" of multiple flavors, and ice cream sandwiches made with cookies from Sugar & Flour and Miss Molly's Pastries. [Photo]

18. The Screamery HandCrafted Ice Cream

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50 S Houghton Rd #120
Tucson, AZ 85748
(520) 721-5299
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Hand-crafted is not just a buzzword at The Screamery, says Eater contributor Adam Lehrman. Milk from California's Strauss Family Creamery is pasteurized on site and then made into a wide array flavors like Coconut Fudge, Ooey Gooey Buttercake, Bacon & Bourbon, and Game Day — malted beer-infused chocolate ice cream mixed with chocolate covered pretzels. [Photo: Courtesy of The Screamery]

19. Souvla

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517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 400-5458
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Okay, technically this is frozen Greek yogurt. No matter. Souvla is serving up some of the hottest cold treats in SF with flavors like Baklava Crumbs & Syrup, Cretan Wildflower Honey, and Greek Olive Oil & Flaky Salt served in iconic blue paper cups. [Photo]

20. Via Gelato

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1142 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(917) 674-5827
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Honolulu's popular gelato truck now has a storefront. Says food writer and Eater contributor Kathy YL Chan: "Owner Melissa Bow uses a bounty of local Hawaii ingredients to create both classic and inspired flavors. Keep your eyes out for haupia (coconut pudding), lilikoi, and kulolo gelato. She also does wonders with tea flavors including earl grey and green tea. And don't forget the homemade waffles." [Photo]

21. Vintage Frozen Custard

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1021 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 515-3053
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This popular food truck now has a brick-and-mortar to peddle its frozen custard creations. Custard can be devoured in a scoop, sandwich, or in shake, float, sundae (here called "everydaes"), and concrete form. [Photo]

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1. A La Mode

255 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209
San Antonio Current food and nightlife editor and Eater contributor Jessica Elizarraras says A La Mode's gelato is making waves at the Quarry Farmers Market. Owner Josh Biffle went to culinary school in Italy, trained under gelato masters, and then brought it all back to this charming San Antonio gelato stand. Photo]
255 East Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209

2. Alta CA

1420 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The Daniel Patterson Group's fifth restaurant Alta CA has an ice cream parlor right inside: The Malted at Alta. There's a menu of high end soft-serve ice cream creations which can be ordered in a freshly made waffle cup. [Photo]
1420 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Beardcat's

Sullivans Island, SC
BeardCat's Sweet Shop is the ice cream shop located under the recently opened Sullivans Island restaurant The Obstinate Daughter. Pastry chef Caroline Sherman is running the show here, serving up gelato, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, floats, and grown-up ice cream bars. [Photo]

4. Bluebird Ice Cream

3515 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
A grand re-opening of Seattle's beloved Bluebird Microcreamery means that the city is now home to an old fashioned soda fountain with "soda jerks making floats, shakes, and sundaes behind a salvaged and restored pharmacy soda counter," reports Eater Seattle. [Photo]
3515 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

5. BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo

3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
"The Monte Carlo now has a poppy fresh ice cream shop serving up creamy slow-churned ice cream and trendy treats," writes Eater Vegas. Highlights include ice cream creations like sundaes, floats, and ice cream sandwiches. [Photo]
3770 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

6. Cloud 10 Creamery

5216 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
There are 10 all-year flavors and a menu of 10 rotating seasonal flavors which right now includes Smoked Corn and Lavender Milk Chocolate. There's also a bodacious banana split and gorgeous ice cream cakes. [Photo]
5216 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

7. Dolce Neve

1713 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Says Eater Austin editor Meghan McCarron about this sunny gelateria: "Dolce Neve is fucking amazing. They toast their nuts in house, so all their nut-based gelatos actually taste fresh, and they make seasonal fruit sorbet with local fruits. Local milk, too." [Photo]
1713 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

8. Dolcezza Gelato and Coffee

1418 14th St. NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
The gelato experts of Dolcezza have given DC not one but two new ways to get a fix: Customers can either stroll up to the takeout window for sundaes or Stumptown coffee at the newly opened 14th street location or they can visit the factory that opened in December for a tour and a trip to the tasting room and coffee lab. [Photo]
1418 14th St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

9. Eb and Bean

1425 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
The frozen yogurt shop answer to the question: "Is it local?" Eater Portland notes that Eb & Bean makes their frozen yogurt from local dairy and tops it with treats from local vendors like salted caramel sauce featuring Jacobsen's Salt Co., granola by Kim Boyce's Bakeshop, and orange cardamom caramel corn from Pinkletons. [Photo]
1425 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

10. Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

3077 University, San Diego, CA 92104
32 flavors of Hawaii's Tropical Dreams ice cream are on offer here. Customers devour their Lychee Cream, Poha Berry, and Kona Coffee with Caramel scoops under the friendly light of a chandelier made from glass sundae cups. [Photo]
3077 University
San Diego, CA 92104

11. Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Co.

204 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
After working at a craft brewery, Stef Ferrari applied the model to the Brooklyn ice creamery which is part production facility and part tasting room. Along with scoops of wide-ranging ice cream flavors, there's also something called The Barnburner: Ice cream and toppings are stuffed inside shells like pretzel rolls and rice crispy treats, then "heated and sealed and served to toasty, cool, creamy perfection." [Photo]
204 Sackett Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

12. Ice Cream Jubilee

301 Water Street, SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
Eater DC readers are already calling this new ice cream shop one of their favorites in town. "Unconventional" handmade flavors like Cardamon Black Pepper, Thai Iced Tea, and Banana Bourbon Caramel are the reason why. [Photo]
301 Water Street, SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

13. Ice Cream Riot

1238 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218
The ice cream shop that's "well worth the trip" according to Eater Denver, Ice Cream Riot offers scoops of quirky, small batch ice creams like Cheddar Goldfish and and Andes Mint. They also have Philadelphia-style water ices. [Photo]
1238 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218

14. MELT Ice Creams

954 W Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76104
This "farm-to-cone" creamery is all about local ingredients, which owner Kari Crowe uses to whip up seasonal flavors like Berry Basil and Mint Julep. [Photo: Photo]
954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

15. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
New Yorkers love to wait in line, and at Morgenstern's they are queuing up for small batch ice creams served in a modern soda fountain setting. The menu boasts multiple versions of classic flavors, plus floats, splits, shakes, and much, much more. [Photo]
2 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

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16. Playa Provisions

119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Former Top Cheffer Brooke Williamson gets into the ice cream game at Small Batch, an ice creamery at Playa Provisions (the multi-concept venue she opened with Nick Roberts). Williamson's daily-changing homemade flavors are playful like Thai Iced Tea and Chocolate Malted Crunch. [Photo]
119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

17. Purple Door Ice Cream

205 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Milwaukee's favorite ice cream makers have finally gotten a brick-and-mortar shop that the locals are "going crazy for" says writer and Eater contributor Todd Lazarski. Customers can get scoops in homemade waffle cones, "flights" of multiple flavors, and ice cream sandwiches made with cookies from Sugar & Flour and Miss Molly's Pastries. [Photo]
205 S 2nd St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

18. The Screamery HandCrafted Ice Cream

50 S Houghton Rd #120, Tucson, AZ 85748
Hand-crafted is not just a buzzword at The Screamery, says Eater contributor Adam Lehrman. Milk from California's Strauss Family Creamery is pasteurized on site and then made into a wide array flavors like Coconut Fudge, Ooey Gooey Buttercake, Bacon & Bourbon, and Game Day — malted beer-infused chocolate ice cream mixed with chocolate covered pretzels. [Photo: Courtesy of The Screamery]
50 S Houghton Rd #120
Tucson, AZ 85748

19. Souvla

517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Okay, technically this is frozen Greek yogurt. No matter. Souvla is serving up some of the hottest cold treats in SF with flavors like Baklava Crumbs & Syrup, Cretan Wildflower Honey, and Greek Olive Oil & Flaky Salt served in iconic blue paper cups. [Photo]
517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

20. Via Gelato

1142 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Honolulu's popular gelato truck now has a storefront. Says food writer and Eater contributor Kathy YL Chan: "Owner Melissa Bow uses a bounty of local Hawaii ingredients to create both classic and inspired flavors. Keep your eyes out for haupia (coconut pudding), lilikoi, and kulolo gelato. She also does wonders with tea flavors including earl grey and green tea. And don't forget the homemade waffles." [Photo]
1142 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

21. Vintage Frozen Custard

1021 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
This popular food truck now has a brick-and-mortar to peddle its frozen custard creations. Custard can be devoured in a scoop, sandwich, or in shake, float, sundae (here called "everydaes"), and concrete form. [Photo]
1021 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

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