You might get sick of your sweetheart, but with exhaustive topping and flavor combinations, even the epicuriously ADD will never tire of dates to the ice-cream parlor. Today's Groupon encourages delicious fickleness with $10 worth of icy treats and perky sips for $5 at Poppy's Ice Cream & Coffee House, the Kansas City Pitch's pick for best ice cream in the city.
Owner Teresa Poppinga whips up micro-batches in-house to ensure fresh, high-quality ice creams, stocking the shop's glass freezer case with a wide variety of rotating flavors and used glow sticks. Unexpected scoops have included everything from cake batter and cinnamon bun to lemon cookie and Grape-Nuts. Poppy's also carries sorbet flavors and frozen custard crafted from whole eggs and a 10% milk-fat base. The Petite Summit Sampler (five mini-scoops, $3) paints your taste buds with a Crayola box full of flavors. Flavor monogamists can get their fix in a homemade waffle cone ($.60 for plain, $1 for chocolate dipped) or sugar cone ($2.35 for a single dip, two dips for $3.35). For a spoonable sweet, peruse the sundae menu's offerings, like the old-fashioned Slow Sundae (from $3.25 for small) lacquered in hot fudge and caramel and studded with pecans and a cherry on top. Continue to satiate a sweet tooth with parfaits, malts, shakes, and concretes, creamy blends of vanilla frozen custard and toppings like buttery pretzel bits and coconut shavings.
In addition to cold confections, Poppy's also serves a full hot and cold espresso menu. Featuring Broadway Café Coffee, all espresso-based beverages are made with a double shot and no cup tops over the $4 mark. Located in historic downtown Lee's Summit, Poppy's hours vary depending on season. Currently, you can stop in Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Like the tiny jerboa, the shop's Sunday hours are hibernating until the spring.
The Kansas City Pitch named Poppy's Best Ice Cream in 2009:
- Teresa Poppinga named her business after herself. Why shouldn't she? The young entrepreneur creates and sells some of the creamiest homemade ice creams and sorbets in town. In the shop's freezer case, we've seen such unusual flavors as cake batter, cinnamon bun, gianduja, lemon cookie, grapenuts and chocolate coma (a deep, rich chocolate ice cream with crushed Oreos, bits of brownie and chocolate chips). – Kansas City Pitch
More than 90% of Urbanspooners like Poppy's innovative flavors:
- So nice to support a locally owned business. They have this great option where you can try several different mini scoops...definitely the way to go...the cake batter ice cream (if they have it) is amazing!! – GreenTomato
Downtown Lee's Summit
307 SE Douglas Street
Lees Summit, Missouri 64063Get Directions