Friday, June 03, 2011
5 perfect places for frozen treats
A daily dose of frozen deliciousness is a key part of summer. Whether it's ice cream, gelato, frozen custard, sorbet or Italian ice your family craves, we've got you covered with five tasty options in Chicago to keep you cool all season long.
Anthony's Homemade Italian Ice
n 3442 N. Southport Ave.
n (773) 733-3012
Famous for its 16 flavors of homemade, all-natural Italian ice, this shop in the heart of the Southport corridor also offers 16 flavors of Bobtail ice cream as well as nonfat frozen yogurt. Mango and coconut Italian ice are among the favorites. The people-watching from the small patio in front is an added bonus.
Original Rainbow Cone
n 9233 S. Western Ave.
n rainbow cone.com.
A Beverly neighborhood staple since 1926, this family business is best known for its imaginative combination of tastes that make up the rainbow cone: chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio and orange sherbet, piled high on a single cone. Other ice cream flavor choices include bubblegum, black walnut, chocolate peanut butter and banana.
Black Dog Gelato
n 859 N. Damen Ave.
n blackdog chicago.com
This Wicker Park gelato and sorbet hot spot features unique, foodie-inspired concoctions that tempt the grown-up palate, like goat cheese cashew caramel gelato and carrot ginger sorbet. Black Dog's piece de resistance is the Whiskey Gelato Bar, a whiskey-fueled gelato dipped in creamy chocolate and sprinkled with little nuggets of crisp bacon (yes, bacon!) and served on a stick. Meanwhile, its take on the ice cream sandwich is a draw for little ones: a choice of gelato generously stuffed between two freshly baked chocolate chip or sugar cookies.
n 608 W. 31st St.
If the chocolate-dipped and gummy bear-encrusted waffle cones aren't enough to impress the kids, try a whirl on the old-school, coin-operated pony ride. With 32 hand-packed ice cream choices, chocolate covered bananas rolled in finely chopped nuts and a myriad of desserts like the strawberry shortcake explosion, this Bridgeport classic is sure to please everyone. Their motto? "Want nutrition? Eat carrots."
n 1658 W. Belmont Ave.
n scooters frozen custard.com
This North Side mom-and-pop landmark serves up made-from-scratch, award-winning frozen custard with tantalizing flavors of the day like royal cake batter, burnt sugar, and strawberry oreo in addition to good old-fashioned vanilla and chocolate.