Growing up, one of the best parts about summer was enjoying ice cream sandwiches. The crunch of the cookies contrasted wonderfully with the smoothness of the scoop, making the frozen finales feel like a double dessert. Here are 10 restaurants for ice cream sandwiches that will make your inner-child oh-so-happy as the season draws to a close.
Hinoki & the Bird, Los Angeles, California
These ice cream sandwiches have all the flavors of a s’more: chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers. All that’s missing is the campfire and an unfettered view of the stars. But you won’t mind, because you’ll be getting your s’mores fix like never before. Make a reservation at Hinoki & the Bird.
Summer House Santa Monica, North Bethesda, Maryland
Sometimes simple is best. Malted chocolate chip cookies hug a generous puck of vanilla ice cream. For a finishing touch, the sweet treats are dipped in chocolate chips. Make a reservation at Summer House Santa Monica.
The Mockingbird, Nashville, Tennessee
How do you improve an ice cream sandwich? Use doughnuts instead of cookies, of course! Sweet circlets covered with sprinkles and chocolate syrup embrace a rotating scoop. Make a reservation at The Mockingbird.
Le Diplomate, Washington, D.C.
Executive pastry chef Fabrice Bendano puts a French twist on the classic. He stuffs crunchy profiteroles with ice cream and fresh banana slices, and then douses the spheres with chocolate sauce. C’est magnifique! Make a reservation at Le Diplomate.
Boulton & Watt, New York, New York
The Giant Ice Cream Sandwich lives up to its name. A pair of cast-iron chocolate chip cookies bookend vanilla ice cream gussied up with rainbow sprinkles and chocolate crisps. Sharing is suggested, but we won’t judge if you scarf it down solo. Make a reservation at Boulton & Watt.
Fi’lia, Miami, Florida
These ice cream sandwiches have an Italian accent. Various gelato flavors are clasped between a pair of pizelles, traditional Italian waffle cookies. È fantastic (That’s fantastic)! Make a reservation at Fi’lia.
The Eddy, New York, New York
You’ll be drunk in love with this ice cream sando – literally. That’s because the smooshed scoop is made with zwack, a Hungarian amaro. Rye graham crackers and a drizzle of peanut caramel complete the boozy finale. Make a reservation at The Eddy.
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
These gelato cookie sandwiches are specially imported from Zarlengo’s Italian Ice in Chicago. The flavors rotate, but the three staples are chocolate chip cookies with chocolate gelato, oatmeal raisin cookies with salted caramel gelato, and sugar cookies with strawberry gelato. We say order every single one that’s available and to heck with the brain freeze. Make a reservation at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen.
Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington, D.C.
Why order just one ice cream sandwich when you could enjoy a quartet instead? The sampler features shortbread cookies with strawberry ice cream, chocolate wafer cookies with vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, and peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream. Make a reservation at Farmers Fishers Bakers.
Westlight, Brooklyn, New York
This ice cream sandwich was built for Instagram. Strawberry and cheesecake sorbets are swirled together and packed between butter sable cookies. The psychedelic-looking dessert gets rolled in strawberry shortcake crumble for a finishing touch. Make a reservation at Westlight.
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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: Ryan Gleason (Boulton & Watt).