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 Groupon: for $12, you get a $25 punch card for cones, coffee, pints, and pies at Jake's Ice Cream on Irwin Street, and at Jake's neighbors: the mini-pie shop Lilliputian Baking Co. and The Funky Monkey coffeehouse.
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 agave options.
The Funky Monkey is Jake's new caffeinated sidekick. After swooping up some ice cream by the scoop ($3.73, $4.45 for double), waffle ($4.15–$5.15), pint ($5), or quart ($7.75), fight off the freeze with a sassy simian's double espresso ($2.50) or thaw a frozen medulla oblongata with a steamy hot chocolate ($2.50). Swing over to neighboring Lilliputian Baking Co. for pocket-size tiny pies ($4) in a variety of freshly baked flavors such as apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, and the white-chocolate-drizzled Berry White.
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.