Somerville Summer: Where to Get Ice Cream

One of the most classic summer activities is getting a big ice cream cone on a hot day and savoring each bite before it melts. I recently polled the Beat’s Facebook and Twitter followers to see where Somervillians like to get their frozen treats. Here are the results:

Beakers & Cream: These gourmet ice cream sandwiches are available at the Union Square Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. With offerings like pear ricotta ice cream between double ginger cookies and jalapeño banana ice cream on coconut cookies, these interesting flavor combinations ensure your tastebuds will come away happy.

Beakers & Cream

Christina’s at Q’s Nuts: One of my favorite places to get ice cream is Christina’s across the border in Cambridge, but you can also snag a scoop at Q’s Nuts (349 Highland Ave.) in Somerville. Open until 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 9 p.m. on the weekends, it’s the perfect place to grab a post-dinner treat.

iYo Cafe: It seems like frozen yogurt shops are springing up faster than weeds in mid-summer and iYo is Davis Square’s locally owned version of this trend. iYo (234 Elm St.) has fun flavors like sea salt caramel pretzel and cinnamon bun as well as more traditional offerings like vanilla and strawberry. In addition to fro-yo, iYo brews coffee and espresso drinks and sells pastries, quiche and a variety of other foods.

J.P. Licks: A giant in the local ice cream scene, the Davis Square location of J.P. Licks (4 College Ave.) has something for everyone. From traditional and seasonal hard ice cream flavors to soft and hard frozen yogurt and even lactose-free offerings, J.P. Licks has it all. You can also feast on one of our favorite frozen treats–an affogato–vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso at the shop.

Louie’s: Located in East Somerville, Louie’s (193 Broadway) is a classic, old-fashioned scoop shop with a plethora of offerings. Louie’s has got everything from sundaes to sherbet in addition to traditional hard and soft ice cream in a variety of flavors.

Orange Leaf

Orange Leaf: This bright, cheerful frozen yogurt shop is a somewhat recent addition to Davis Square. Though it’s a chain, the staff at Orange Leaf (256 Elm St.) is friendly and the fro-yo is delicious (none of that fake flavor that you so often find). I’m partial to the peanut butter, but the coconut, oatmeal cookie and classic tart are also excellent. And don’t forget the extensive toppings bar where you can candy, fruit, cereal and other tasty bits to your creation.

Richardson’s at the Somerville Theatre: When I first moved to Somerville, I had a roommate who was obsessed with Richardson’s Ice Cream. And once I had a taste, I was hooked too. Sold out of the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square), Richardson’s is a family-owned, locally made creamy concoction. And if you’re in the mood for a short road trip, visit the Middleton location where you can play mini-golf, hit the batting cages and see the cows who provide milk for the ice cream.

Union Square Donuts: This little shop is not only churning out gourmet, handmade donuts in flavors like vanilla bean and maple bacon, it’s now offering a donut ice cream sandwich on a limited basis. The sandwich debuted at Union Square Donuts (16 Bow St.) on the Fourth of July and was an instant hit. Toscanini’s vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between a Union Square Donut and made even more deliciously decadent with caramel sauce and a magic shell.

Union Square Donuts

Honorable Mention: Steve’s Ice Cream
A few people mentioned the much-beloved Steve’s Ice Cream, which once called Davis Square home. The shop was a pioneer in the mix-in ice cream craze that has since spawned places like Cold Stone Creamy. While Steve’s is no longer made in Somerville, the company is chugging along in New York City and can be found at some shops in Massachusetts.

What’s your favorite place to get ice cream in Somerville? 

Images courtesy of Beakers & Cream, Orange Leaf, iYo, J.P. Licks and Union Square Donuts.

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