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The 16 Hottest Ice Cream Shops in the US Right Now

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It's hot out there, and as you celebrate your last long weekend of Summer 2013, you may be inclined to get some ice cream. Eater has rounded up 16 worthy ice cream candidates that opened across the country over the past year or so, and you have a wide array of options.

Like ice cream sandwiches? Head to the Baked Bear in San Diego to get custom built ones. Floats? How about Michael White's the Butterfly in New York City? Boozey ice cream? Fifty Licks in Portland. Gelato? The Art of Flavors in Las Vegas. Crazy flavors? Izzy's in Minneapolis is your best bet. Any possible combination of cupcakes and ice cream (cupcake sundaes, cupcake sandwiches, cupcake shakes, cupcake etc.)? Sprinkles Ice Cream in Dallas. And the list goes on.

Below, the Eater National Ice Cream Heatmap. Any obvious omissions, head to the comments. And have a happy Labor Day weekend.



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1. L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop

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France Pavilion
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Yes, this is an ice cream shop at Disney World. La Glace is a new addition to Epcot Center's France area, and they're keeping an eye on being super traditional. Stressed out moms and dads, do note you can get a shot of liqueur poured over that scoop.
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2. Art Of Flavors Gelato

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1616 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 676-1027
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Restauranteur Felix Arellano (Viva Las Arepas) has opened his first gelateria, serving gelatos and sorbets that are made in-house. Chef Desyree Alberganti makes flavors both traditional (hazlenut, dark chocolate) and more modern (s'mores).
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3. The Baked Bear

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4516 Mission Blvd Ste C
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 886-7433
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Ice cream is great and all, but sometimes it's better between two cookies (or brownies, as the case may be). The Baked Bear serves "custom ice cream sandwiches" with cookies including snickerdoodle, funfetti, and waffle, and has traditional ice cream options such as rocky road, cookie dough, and strawberry cheesecake.
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4. The Butterfly

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225 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(646) 692-4943
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Michael White's new Wisconsin-influenced restaurant and bar features an array of updated classic desserts. Included: a float with vanilla ice cream, Dr. Pepper, and chocolate chip cookies; the "Hot Blonde" with salted caramel and brown butter pecan ice cream over a blondie; and the Coppa Cola, with Coca-Cola flavored ice cream, caramel popcorn, whiskey cream, and cherries.
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5. Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

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1051 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-5111
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Cone is an Irish-influenced ice creamery started by Irishman Sean McGuire. They serve their spin on the famous 99 Flake and something called an "Irish Breakfast Sundae," which is their Irish Breakfast ice cream, a maple bacon ice cream, hot fudge, and cornflakes.
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6. Doi Moi

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1800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131
Vietnamese-inspired Doi Moi is going the soft serve route, with a rotating cast of flavors from pastry chef Brittany Frick (formerly of Estadio). There will be treats to go with the ice cream, including fried bananas and coconut tapioca soup with corn.
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7. Fifty Licks

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4265 SE Belmont
Portland, OR
The brand spanking new brick-and-mortar location of food cart Fifty Licks at 2021 SE Clinton St. offers their ice cream as well as ice cream cocktails.
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8. Izzy's Ice Cream

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1100 2nd St S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 206-3356
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St. Paul's favorite ice creamery has expanded to Minneapolis. Izzy's goes deep with dozens of flavors, including classics (butter pecan), new spins (burnt caramel), and mysterious flavors that must be tried to be understood (Swedish garden party? "Spongebob"?).
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9. Kuma Snow Cream

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3735 Spring Mountain Road St 206
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 816-5862
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This is not technically ice cream: Kuma (Japanese for "polar bear") serves creamy shaved ice in five flavors including mango, kuma snow, taro, strawberry, and green tea. Owner Jet Tila has eyes on expansion, with locations in New York and Los Angeles already planned.
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10. Melt

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910 N 5th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 463-3627
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You're going to need a lot of ice cream to get through Phoenix's heat, and Melt is happily providing. Serving ice cream and gelato in housemade waffle cones, Melt will also make your ice cream into frozen flower bouquets if that's the kind of thing you're into.
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11. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

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175 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 599-0556
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Care for a scoop of chorizo caramel swirl? This Brooklyn ice cream shop from wd~50 alum Sam Mason scoops flavors both wild and more traditional (mint chocolate chunk, chcolate) in a rotating menu. The bases are made from local dairy, and OddFellows also serves sorbets in flavors like celery and strawberry tomato.
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12. Quenelle

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2214 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 843-1035
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Quenelle is the new frozen dessert boutique from Lukshon/Father's Office pastry chef John Park. Gelato flavors include PB&J, apricot cheesecake, Thai iced tea, and more.
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13. Sprinkles Ice Cream

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8413 preston center plaza drive
University Park, TX
Sprinkles cupcakery expands with their first location of Sprinkles Ice Cream outside of Southern California. Yes, there are cupcake sundaes, and, apparently, lines out the door.
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14. Sweet Cow

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3475 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-3469
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The second location of this Louisville creamery took a big leap by entering the Denver market. Success there (along with ice cream flavors that veer more traditional than wild, though they include things like sweet corn and strawberry margarita) means the nascent ice cream chain already has its eyes on expanding to Boulder.
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15. Tin Pot Creamery

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855 El Camino Real #121
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 289-9803
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Former Facebook pastry chef Becky Sunseri opened Tin Pot to serve her creative takes on ice cream, with flavors including Lavender Blueberry Swirl and Earl Grey Tea.
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16. The Parlour

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117 Market St
Durham, NC
This first brick-and-mortar location of Durham's Parlour ice cream bus serves ice cream made from local dairy and offers up flavors like Vietnamese Coffee, Roasted Peach, and Summer Corn With Blackberry Swirl.
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1. L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop

France Pavilion, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Yes, this is an ice cream shop at Disney World. La Glace is a new addition to Epcot Center's France area, and they're keeping an eye on being super traditional. Stressed out moms and dads, do note you can get a shot of liqueur poured over that scoop.
[Photo]
France Pavilion
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

2. Art Of Flavors Gelato

1616 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Restauranteur Felix Arellano (Viva Las Arepas) has opened his first gelateria, serving gelatos and sorbets that are made in-house. Chef Desyree Alberganti makes flavors both traditional (hazlenut, dark chocolate) and more modern (s'mores).
[Photo]
1616 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

3. The Baked Bear

4516 Mission Blvd Ste C, San Diego, CA 92109
Ice cream is great and all, but sometimes it's better between two cookies (or brownies, as the case may be). The Baked Bear serves "custom ice cream sandwiches" with cookies including snickerdoodle, funfetti, and waffle, and has traditional ice cream options such as rocky road, cookie dough, and strawberry cheesecake.
[Photo]
4516 Mission Blvd Ste C
San Diego, CA 92109

4. The Butterfly

225 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Michael White's new Wisconsin-influenced restaurant and bar features an array of updated classic desserts. Included: a float with vanilla ice cream, Dr. Pepper, and chocolate chip cookies; the "Hot Blonde" with salted caramel and brown butter pecan ice cream over a blondie; and the Coppa Cola, with Coca-Cola flavored ice cream, caramel popcorn, whiskey cream, and cherries.
[Photo]
225 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

5. Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

1051 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
Cone is an Irish-influenced ice creamery started by Irishman Sean McGuire. They serve their spin on the famous 99 Flake and something called an "Irish Breakfast Sundae," which is their Irish Breakfast ice cream, a maple bacon ice cream, hot fudge, and cornflakes.
[Photo]
1051 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Doi Moi

1800 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Vietnamese-inspired Doi Moi is going the soft serve route, with a rotating cast of flavors from pastry chef Brittany Frick (formerly of Estadio). There will be treats to go with the ice cream, including fried bananas and coconut tapioca soup with corn.
[Photo]
1800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Fifty Licks

4265 SE Belmont, Portland, OR
The brand spanking new brick-and-mortar location of food cart Fifty Licks at 2021 SE Clinton St. offers their ice cream as well as ice cream cocktails.
[Photo]
4265 SE Belmont
Portland, OR

8. Izzy's Ice Cream

1100 2nd St S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
St. Paul's favorite ice creamery has expanded to Minneapolis. Izzy's goes deep with dozens of flavors, including classics (butter pecan), new spins (burnt caramel), and mysterious flavors that must be tried to be understood (Swedish garden party? "Spongebob"?).
[Photo]
1100 2nd St S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

9. Kuma Snow Cream

3735 Spring Mountain Road St 206, Las Vegas, NV 89102
This is not technically ice cream: Kuma (Japanese for "polar bear") serves creamy shaved ice in five flavors including mango, kuma snow, taro, strawberry, and green tea. Owner Jet Tila has eyes on expansion, with locations in New York and Los Angeles already planned.
[Photo]
3735 Spring Mountain Road St 206
Las Vegas, NV 89102

10. Melt

910 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
You're going to need a lot of ice cream to get through Phoenix's heat, and Melt is happily providing. Serving ice cream and gelato in housemade waffle cones, Melt will also make your ice cream into frozen flower bouquets if that's the kind of thing you're into.
[Photo]
910 N 5th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

11. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Care for a scoop of chorizo caramel swirl? This Brooklyn ice cream shop from wd~50 alum Sam Mason scoops flavors both wild and more traditional (mint chocolate chunk, chcolate) in a rotating menu. The bases are made from local dairy, and OddFellows also serves sorbets in flavors like celery and strawberry tomato.
[Photo]
175 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

12. Quenelle

2214 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506
Quenelle is the new frozen dessert boutique from Lukshon/Father's Office pastry chef John Park. Gelato flavors include PB&J, apricot cheesecake, Thai iced tea, and more.
[Photo]
2214 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506

13. Sprinkles Ice Cream

8413 preston center plaza drive, University Park, TX
Sprinkles cupcakery expands with their first location of Sprinkles Ice Cream outside of Southern California. Yes, there are cupcake sundaes, and, apparently, lines out the door.
[Photo]
8413 preston center plaza drive
University Park, TX

14. Sweet Cow

3475 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
The second location of this Louisville creamery took a big leap by entering the Denver market. Success there (along with ice cream flavors that veer more traditional than wild, though they include things like sweet corn and strawberry margarita) means the nascent ice cream chain already has its eyes on expanding to Boulder.
[Photo]
3475 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

15. Tin Pot Creamery

855 El Camino Real #121, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Former Facebook pastry chef Becky Sunseri opened Tin Pot to serve her creative takes on ice cream, with flavors including Lavender Blueberry Swirl and Earl Grey Tea.
[Photo]
855 El Camino Real #121
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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16. The Parlour

117 Market St, Durham, NC
This first brick-and-mortar location of Durham's Parlour ice cream bus serves ice cream made from local dairy and offers up flavors like Vietnamese Coffee, Roasted Peach, and Summer Corn With Blackberry Swirl.
[Photo]
117 Market St
Durham, NC

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