The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. Crown yourself as creamery king with today's Groupon. For $2, you get an 8-ounce junior cup of ice cream at Wall's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream in South Miami. There is no limit on the quantity purchased. Pick up enough to take the whole family, city council, or knitting circle out for a dairy dinner. Kids standing less than 3 feet get a free ice cream cone, so start feeding your 4-footers less water and more salt to induce shrinking.
Wall's was recognized as Best Ice Cream Parlor in Miami in the Miami New Times thanks to its nostalgic operations and simple, decadent flavors. Its lineup is more than 40 strong, with each one resisting the temptation to take on too many add-ins, letting the ice-cream base shine. Order a scoop of time-tested cookies and cream, or hearken back to an era when shelled nuts ruled the earth with a cup full of pistachio. Keep it simple by going with a perfectly textured chocolate or vanilla, or scarf some cinnamon ice cream to get a little more daring with your selection, and maybe even pick up a dusty cinnamon coating you could pass off as roguish stubble. Flavors are constantly changing, so call ahead to see what's cold—but only if you really think you won't find something worthy of freezing your brain if you go in clueless.
If the ice cream itself doesn't make grown-ups feel like kids and kids feel like past incarnations of themselves, the surroundings will. Red and white umbrellas sit atop cement tables out front, perfect for gathering or playing duck-duck goose. Grab some bench with the crew to spoon-feed yourself concoctions from another era. You can even catch oldies music on the weekends (weather permitting) while you attempt to consume your 8 ounces of frozen goodness before it succumbs to the volcanic Florida sun.
- Colossal ice cream portions (try cookies 'n' cream or cinnamon), a doggy window and free baby cones for kids under three feet make this South Miami parlor a triple scoop spot for getting your sweet on. – Gayot
- …traditional flavors such as cookies 'n' cream and bright green and nutty pistachio are all churned to tantalizing perfection. – Miami New Times