Loard’s Ice Cream beguiles ice cream connoisseurs with more than 40 flavors of cold culinary comfort. Experience the tastes of fall without sautéing leaf piles by slurping up regular-sized scoops of pumpkin or maple-walnut ice cream crafted with cream from local suppliers ($2.50 each). Popular concoctions such as cookie-dough, bubble-gum, and ube-taro-root ice cream color tongues’ opinions on nothing-but-dessert diets, swaying them to beg for milkshakes for breakfast ($3.85), double scoops for lunch ($3.85), and kids’-sized scoops for post-cardio workouts ($1.90). The punch cards unlock further treasures of Loard’s loaded menu, including ice-cream-free italian sodas, shaved ices, and freshly made cookies.
At Ice Cream Company, chilled cream serves as a stage for showcasing local and seasonal ingredients. Each day, the spotlight shines on more than 25 homemade flavors ranging from classic vanilla and chocolate to exotic varieties such as coconut, swiss-chip orange, and raspberry cheesecake. Scoops tango with mix-ins such as hot fudge and Heath bars to form 100 types of milkshakes, which can be thickened with malt powder or fresh bananas. In addition to building ice-cream masterpieces, visitors can construct sandwiches from a choice of breads, cheeses, meats, and more spreads than a 1,000-page magazine.
The modest size of Cheesecake Kitchen’s bakery stands at odds with its extensive menu of cheesecakes and cheesecake-flavored desserts, many of which include copious toppings of peanut butter, candy bars, and fruit. The 5-, 7-, and 10-inch cheesecakes nestle side-by-side within a display case that proudly exhibits more than 25 concoctions laced with flavors such as chocolate mocha and eggnog rum. In addition to traditional cake slices, the expert staff bakes their signature cheesecake tastes into brownies, cannoli, cupcakes, and elegant pillbox hats. Cheesecake Kitchen’s freezable cakes can also be slathered in customized decorations to celebrate a birthday party.
At YogoMania, you can skip the middleman and head straight toward self-serve stations to load up on refreshing frozen yogurt. Its Stolting machines swirl 12 featured flavors into cups, cones, and waffle bowls. Flavors change frequently, but on a typical day you can mix up classic flavors such as vanilla bean with exotic café-inspired treats such as cocoa'ccino and milk-chocolate mocha. Or instead, they offer smoothies in flavors such as strawberry and orange-tangerine, which draw their sweetness from real fruit. The smoothies also are free of dairy products, lactose, and gluten. To add an energizing crunch to your treats, add toppings such as graham crackers, Kit-Kats, or toasted almonds, or feel free to bring ice cubes from home.
Saunter into Velvet's world of flavors to savor breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a relaxed, informal dining environment. The venue's menu is made of much-loved entrees such as chicken-fried steak ($10.99), specialty sandwiches that include tuna melts ($8.99) and vegetarian croissants ($9.99), and a complete breakfast club of omelettes, pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal (view the three-part morning menu here, here, and here). In accordance with its name, the creamery is also responsible for a delicious caboodle of premium ice creams and sorbets, which are called into existence right before your eyes. Try a dollop of roasted butternut squash, or busy your licker with the restaurant's cult classic, a triple Belgian chocolate flavor infused with D'Art port wine.
Family owned and operated, Oodles Frozen Yogurt offers a variety of yogurts ($0.39/oz.) made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and packed with a plethora of nutritional niceties. In addition to perennial palate-pleasers such as chocolate, vanilla, and original tart, internationally inspired flavorites include fancy french vanilla or Irish mint; Ty Cobb impersonators can slide tongue-first into the sweetly southern Georgia peach. Eight flavor options are available each week to satiate ever-evolving taste buds, in addition to no-sugar-added and nondairy sorbet alternatives. Top your twist with choices from more than 40 different toppings, or sidle up to the hot chocolate bar during Earth’s cooler months and order an espresso shot ($2) or a whipped-cream-covered cocoa beverage ($3 for small, $3.50 for tall).