Summer officially begins June 20, but any season is a good time to treat yourself to some frozen goodness. Luckily, we live among plenty of ice cream parlors, boba shops, and gelaterias here in the East Bay. Of course, we also have crowd favorite Fentons Creamery and Restaurant, made even more popular by its cameo in Pixar’s Up.
The list of go-to spots for ice cream is not comprehensive, and some will balk at places left off. In Chinatown alone, there are probably a dozen spots to get a red bean iced drink or avocado smoothie. When it comes to cold treats, we have an embarrassment of riches.
Here are eleven of the best, lesser-known, or most unique places to get a frozen dessert around town.
Looking for a dairy-, soy-, and gluten-free option? Mr. Dewie’s has you covered with its two outposts, one on Solano Avenue in Albany and the new stand in the reconfigured Emeryville Public Market. The ice creams are cashew-based and are rich and smooth, and the ingredients are almost all organic. For $4, you get a “single” scoop, which is actually two huge scoops, and you can even pick two flavors. Gluten-free cones are available for an additional 50 cents. Try the almond caramel, which is the most similar to regular ice cream. MrDewies.com.