Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery
There is no shortage of vegan treats in the East Bay, but when it comes to ice “cream,” Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery stands above the rest in terms of texture and flavor. At this old-fashioned-style ice cream parlor at the foot of Solano Avenue in Albany, you won’t find exotic concoctions but rather crowd-pleasing, mouth-watering flavors such as Banana Nut, Roasted Cashew, and Coconut Chocolate, plus seasonal specials. The cashew base has a deliciously creamy and never icy texture, so it’s thick enough to chew but not so rich and sickly sweet as to induce you into a coma afterward. Almost all the flavors are vegan, and, as a bonus, all are free of gluten, soy, dairy, additives, and preservatives as well. (There are also gluten-free and vegan bon bons and ice cream sandwiches.) Founded by Berkeley brothers Ari and Andrew Cohen, Mr. Dewie’s began selling ice cream to grocery stores and then transitioned into a storefront in Albany in 2016. Last year, it expanded into the Emeryville Public Market, and it’s also available at Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom in Oakland. Even non-vegans can get excited.