Salvador Dalí famously painted surrealistic portraits of melting ice cream to symbolize the fragility of humanity. Defy this artistic depiction by quickly consuming today's scrumptious side deal: for $12, you get $25 worth of cones, coffee, pints, and pies at Jake's Ice Cream store at 660 Irwin Street as well its new coffeehouse neighbor, The Funky Monkey, and the mini-pie shop Lilliputian Pie Co.
For more than 10 years, Jake's has been churning out natural creations using fresh ingredients free of preservatives and additives. The rich, home-style texture of suspended-animation dairy harkens back to early parlor days, when ice cream contained more cream and less air. A lengthy list of flavors from classic to kooky are in perpetual rotation. Some of the most popular flavors include the chocolate slap yo mama and brown shugah vanilla. Dr. Beth’s laughing gas (mango, coconut, pineapple, and dark rum flavoring), pa-smachio (pistachios, chocolate cake, and espresso) and breakfast in bed (cinnamon ice cream with belgian waffles soaked in honey-bourbon pecan syrup) are also part-time cast members, in addition to dairy-free and vegan-friendly options.
The Funky Monkey is Jake's new, caffeinated sidekick. After swooping up some ice cream by the scoop ($2.75 or $4.45 for double), waffle ($4.15–$5.15), pint ($5), or quart ($7.75), fight off the freeze with a sassy simian's Batdorf & Bronson double espresso ($2.50) or thaw a frozen medulla oblongata with a steamy hot chocolate ($2.50). The Groupon may also be redeemed for gourmet tiny pies ($4) at neighboring Lilliputian Pie Co.
- Jake's Ice Cream is without a doubt the best in the city…My ultimate favorite from here is the Animal Cracker ice cream. It has chunks of those frosted animal crackers with sprinkles in it and some sort of sweet cream ice cream. I can taste it in my mouth by simply thinking about it. – Caitlin S., Yelp
- I first discovered Jake's Ice Cream about six or seven years ago…and I've loved it ever since. It is, quite frankly, the best I've ever had, bar none…Jake's is made by hand in small batches…It actually tastes like what you might get out of a real, honest-to-God, old-fashioned churn at home, if you had the genius to create such amazing recipes as Chocolate Slap Yo Mama and Brown Sugah Vanilla. – JohnAdcox, Kudzu
Jake’s Ice Cream
When Jake first opened his own ice-cream shop in the Old Fourth Ward, his freezer only contained 8 flavors. However, his creamy homemade concoctions—made from natural ingredients and packing an 18% butterfat punch—quickly became a cult favorite, leading to the creation of nearly 70 unique flavors derived from the minds of loyal fans and enlightened ice-cream men. Today, Jake vends his frozen treats all across Altanta and has earned praise and recognition from a slew of sources, including Atlanta Magazine and Newcomer, for both the ice cream itself and the shop's fun atmosphere.
Whether it's Brown Shugah Vanilla or Coffee & Donuts, each of Jake’s creatively named treats emerges from fresh ingredients, including organic sugar and hormone-free dairy. For his vegan, lactose-intolerant, or cow-fearing patrons, Jake churns out decadent sorbets in flavors such as lemon, coffee, and mango, and fills cones with Joyscream concoctions made from almond or coconut milk. When not cooling off taste buds, Jake’s helps out the community by hosting fundraisers for a list of organizations, such as the American Red Cross and Special Olympics of Georgia.