Having a hard time coping with the hot weather? Soft serve is the answer. Rather than offering up simple vanilla and chocolate, these restaurants are giving cone heads more creative options. These six restaurants for soft serve ice cream will help you lick the summer blues away.
Planta, Miami Beach, Florida
This soft serve has a rich purple hue. The regal color is thanks to the charcoal in it. A substantial swirl of the ice cream is finished off with freshly shaved coconut and other toppings. Make a reservation at Planta.
Dutch & Doc’s, Chicago, Illinois
Start with a bowl or cone of salted caramel or vanilla. Then add on your choice of chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, raspberry caramel, brownie bites, chocolate coffee beans, rainbow sprinkles, and chocolate chunks. No matter what you choose to do, there are no wrong decisions. Make a reservation at Dutch & Doc’s.
Seaside on the Pier, Santa Monica, California
The bases are vanilla, chocolate, or swirl. However, it’s all about getting an additional flavor blast of strawberry, orange, butterscotch, bubble gum, butter pecan, or another addition. Finish off your tasty turret with toppings like Butterfingers, M&Ms, sprinkles, gummy bears, and Oreo crumbles. Make a reservation at Seaside on the Pier.
Sampan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
You’ll never get bored here because the soft serve flavors change every two days. Options might include mint chocolate, tiramisu, malted vanilla, peaches, and cream, or one inspired by an Almond Joy candy bar. No matter what, you’re in for a treat. Make a reservation at Sampan.
Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria, New Haven, Connecticut
There’s chocolate, olive oil, and swirl. Dress up your choice with Italian-style toppings, such as crumbled biscotti, salted Marcona almonds, Amarena cherries, candied pistachios, and pine nut brittle. If you’re in the mood for a boozy kick, add sherry or myrtle berry liqueur. Make a reservation at Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria.
Duck Duck Goat, Chicago, Illinois
The Baobing takeout window here sells creative soft serve presentations. One standout is the Rainbow Mountain featuring soft serve topped with mango, blueberry, and cucumber snow. Another is the Sesame Sundae with soft serve piled high with sesame balls, crunchy black sesame, sesame whip, and sesame caramel. Make a reservation at Duck Duck Goat.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Neal Santos (Sampan).