What’s that dividing line between a good spot to pick up an ice cream cone and a place truly deserving of being called the best in the country? The folks at Food & Wine magazine think they know and have put together their list of the 25 best ice cream spots in the entire U.S.
You won’t find Dairy Queen, Cold Stone, Carvel or Mister Softee anywhere on this list. In fact, only one of the 25 eateries mentioned lists more than one location.
Only 19 states made the list and if you believe the Food & Wine editors, there are two areas with the highest density of quality ice cream. All three shops in California are located around the Bay Area (San Francisco, Berkeley and San Rafael) And while the three Massachusetts ice cream spots are more spread out, they’re all within a short drive from the Boston area. Throw in the one listing for nearby Portsmouth, NH, and eastern Mass. may be the ice cream center of the country.
The full list is below and awaits your scrutiny. I’ve only tried one of the 25, so we want to hear from people that have actually sampled these wares — and from everyone else who thinks they know of shops that deserved to make the list instead.
Scottsdale: Sweet Republic
Berkeley: Ici Ice Cream
San Francisco: Bi-Rite Creamery
San Rafael: Three Twins Organic Ice Cream
Denver: Sweet Action Ice Cream
Hockessin: Woodside Farm Creamery
Honolulu: Bubbie’s Ice Cream
New Orleans: The Creole Creamery
Bar Harbor: Mt. Desert Ice Cream
Centerville: Four Seas Ice Cream
Sharon: Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar
Traverse City: Moomers Homemade Ice Cream
Minneapolis: Pumphouse Creamery
Kansas City: Glace Artisan Ice Cream
Missoula: Big Dipper Ice Cream
Portsmouth: Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream
Columbus: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Multiple locations: Graeter’s
Brooklyn: Blue Marble
Hillsborough: Maple View Farm and Dairy
Portland: Cool Moon Ice Cream
Austin: Amy’s Ice Cream
Seattle: Molly Moon Ice Cream
Bainbridge Island: Mora Iced Creamery
SLIDESHOWS: Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S. [FoodAndWine.com]