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 caffeinated ice cream treats you crave, New Orleans is on fire with these eight awesome places to get cold, creamy goodies.
ICE CREAM (AND ICE CREAM TREATS) IN NEW ORLEANS
Drip Affogato Bar
If you like ice cream and coffee, then welcome to your little slice of heaven on Carondelet Street. Drip features numerous affogato creations, which is Italian for “drowned”, and consists mainly of gelato or ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured on top. At Drip they get fancy with it, featuring flavors like matcha green tea, Vietnamese iced coffee, and Bananas Foster. All ice cream comes from Creole Creamery (see below!), including flavors they make exclusively for Drip.
By now you’ve probably heard the hype surrounding Freret Street’s first and only gelateria, and I’m here to say the rumors are true. Piccola is dishing out an excellent assortment (18 flavors, in fact) of gelato and sorbetto. They even have affogato! Some fan favorites are caramel cookie, tiramisu, and watermelon sorbetto. Kids will love cuddling up with their mascot, Piccola, an oversized teddy bear, that sits outside on the bench during business hours. Ask about their gelato stuffed brioche sandwiches and semi-freddo cakes.
Fat Boy Pantry
On Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District is where you’ll find this delightful ice cream and sandwich shop that caters to those who like to think outside the box. Fat Boy Pantry‘s scoops, shakes, sandwiches, sundaes, and floats feature their unique daily flavors, like the District Donuts buttermilk drop donut or taffy apple ice cream. Want to know more? Call ahead ((504) 239-9514) and ask about the flavors of the day.
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.
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. It’s 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 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.