Our team, like most of St. Louis, loves ice cream. And there is no shortage of great places to indulge in frozen sweet treats. To help you beat the summer heat, we thought we would share some of our favorites with you.
GELATERIA DEL LEONE
3197 South Grand in Tower Grove
A cozy interior and stellar patio are just some of the reasons this place is so popular. Select from approximately twenty daily varieties of homemade gelato made with fresh ingredients from local suppliers. You can’t go wrong with pistachio or mascarpone, but if you are feeling adventurous try the sweet potato pecan or Mayan Chocolate (Chocolate, Cinnamon and Cayenne). Great coffee and baked goods too.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
I first experienced Jeni’s in 2006 when we traveled through Columbus, Ohio where the now national chain got its start. One taste of the sweet corn and black raspberry inspired me to try my hand at making flavors like rosemary honey, lavender lemon, and brown butter. I became obsessed (and popular) that summer. Unique seasonal flavors like Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam and Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk keep adventurous ice cream lovers coming back for more.
TOWER GROVE CREAMERY
At the corner of Grand and Arsenal, this traditional shop gets high marks for its service and atmosphere. They serve Central Dairy ice cream and self-serve frozen yogurt. Dawn loves this place because it is an easy walk. The fro-yo with as many toppings as possible is poplar with the kids, while the grown-ups appreciate Moose Tracks.
ICES PLAIN & FANCY
2256 S 39th Street in Shaw
Ices offers made-to-order Nitro ice creams, boozy ice cream drinks, floats, dairy free options and even dog treats! Their menu is constantly changing featuring collaborations with local breweries and businesses. I haven’t been here yet, but hear that The Back Up (Sump soft serve coffee ice cream and cold brew toddy with coffee whipped cream) wakes you up and cools you down! Lance loves that it has a dog-friendly patio.
CLEMENTINE’S CREAMERY NAUGHTY & NICE ICE CREAM
TED DREWES FROZEN CUSTARD
MR WIZARD’S FROZEN CUSTARD AND YOGURT
1712 S Big Bend in Richmond Heights and 8411 Gravois in Affton
Blasphemous to some, I emphatically believe Mr. Wizard’s custard is creamier and better than Ted Drewes. Both the Richmond Heights and Affton locations have ample outdoor seating, which makes them great for people watching. Mr. Wizard’s has, hands down, the best dipped cone in town, and awesome hot fudge.
THE FOUNTAIN ON LOCUST