No, your thermometer isn’t broken; it’s just summertime in New Orleans. And I, for one, embrace these warm months of the year when snowball stands are open, bars crank up the A/C, and consuming ice cream is an appropriate means of “cooling down” at any time of the day. Whether it’s ice cream, gelato, sorbet, or boozed-up ice cream treats you crave, New Orleans is on fire with these eight awesome places to get cold, creamy goodies.
8 PLACES FOR ICE CREAM (AND ICE CREAM TREATS) IN NEW ORLEANS
Known for their extra-large sundaes made for two (or sometimes just one when you’ve had a bad day — don’t judge), this popular gelato shop located on Magazine and in the French Quarter has a new addition on the menu: the Scoupe (pronounced “scoopay”), which is a smaller version of Sucre’s original sundaes in a dozen new flavor combinations, like “Monkey Business”: three layers of banana gelato with caramel and cinnamon croutons.
Dat Ice Roll
Originating in Thailand, the process of spreading ice cream on an ice plate or stone and using a spatula to roll it up into “ribbons” is becoming popular across the country. Though it’s definitely something you have to see to believe, rolled ice cream stacked in cups is a futuristic treat at its finest. Dat Ice Roll features flavors like Oreo cookie, strawberry, and café au lait with chocolate sauce. Currently, they are operating as a pop up outside of Dat Dog on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Note: the owner and operator is in France for the summer and won’t return until July 22, so your curiosity will have to wait until then).
Locally owned and operated for more than a decade, this Uptown and Lakeview family favorite is famous for original flavors like Black and Gold Crunch, Honey Lavender, and Doberge Cake. As the summer temperatures rise, Creole Creamery is a great place to enjoy an old-fashioned malt, hot fudge sundae, or banana split. Cash only though, so bring the dough.
The original gelato shop and Italian bakery of New Orleans for more than 100 years, Brocato’s is the place where people go nuts for freshly made cannoli, slices of spumoni, pine nut cookies, and heaping scoopfuls of house-made gelato. On the menu is Straciatella, tiramisu, Sicilian pistachio, St. Joseph chocolate almond, and many, many more. At Brocato’s, it’s hard to order just one thing, so go ahead and grab an assortment of goodies to go.
The Pontchartrain Hotel’s Caribbean Room
I’ve always wished I could travel back in time to the 1940s when The Pontchartrain Hotel was the epitome of a luxury boutique hotel, where folks gathered to gossip over glasses of champagne, cigars, and Scotch.
My dreams have come true as the hotel has recently been renovated and restored to its original, era-specific décor. They’ve even brought back the hotel’s signature dessert at its famed restaurant, the Caribbean Room: the Mile High Pie. Layers of house made chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint ice cream are stacked on a chocolate cookie crust and topped with torched merengue. Then, to gild the lily, they pour warm house-made chocolate sauce over the top table-side.
The whole shebang is $14, but you can easily split amongst three people.
This quaint shop located on Oak Street opened in April 2015 with the concept of using simple, fresh ingredients. The menu at KREAM. is limited, but the options are awesome. Kiddos will love the brownie or waffle sundaes, and grown-ups will love the “Not Seaux Vanilla” which contains alcohol (!), or the “Purple Rain” maple graham cracker flavor. Specials run weekly, including 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. reverse happy hour on Friday nights and $5 brownie sundaes on Sunday. Love a flavor? Take a whole pint home for $13.
Ice Cream 504
Inspired by his Aunt Ruby’s homemade ice cream when he was a kid growing up in Napoleonville, Louisiana, owner and operator Michael Southall is dedicated to re-creating his beloved Aunt’s original recipes. Using an old fashioned churn, Southall makes small-batch ice cream with fresh milk, sugar, and fruit – no gums or preservatives. Popular flavors at Ice Cream 504 include peach and mint chocolate chip.
Teddy’s Café at the Roosevelt Hotel
If you’ve been to the Roosevelt, you’ve probably enjoyed a Sazerac cocktail at the famous Sazerac Bar. Sweetened with sugar and flavored with absinthe, bitters and lemon, this rye whiskey cocktail is the original cocktail of New Orleans. So I was thrilled when I saw that Teddy’s coffee lounge and patisserie café is serving up glasses of Sazerac…ice cream!