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Little Man Ice Cream

Salted Oreo. We agree with our readers: Those are the only two words you need to know.

Little Man Ice Cream

So delicious are the 42 flavors at Little Man Ice Cream that even the dozens of people already lined up outside this 23-foot-tall milk can don’t deter us from our goal: a scoop of the best ice cream in town. The staff indulges all taste buds, whether you’re craving salted Oreo or milk-stout-chip ice cream or the refreshingly tart strawberry-banana sorbet. And starting this month, you can stare at some new scenery while you’re standing in line for Little Man’s treats with the opening of Milkbox Ice Creamery at the revamped Union Station.

Sweet Action Ice Cream

We're in agreement: Sweet Action is simply the best. Stop by weekly to sample some of this kitschy venue's more eclectic offerings.

Sweet Action Ice Cream

Broadway shoppers, hipster bar flies, and in-the-know families flock to this always-buzzing shop for the eclectic assortment of flavors (sour cream and chive, anyone?). We're told that regulars are keen on the salted butterscotch, but our go-to is the Stranahan's Whiskey Brickle, a devilish ice cream infused with the local spirit and topped with honey-colored toffee. Don't be shy. Sample away.

Bittersweet

We don’t typically go to a restaurant for ice cream, but Bittersweet’s inventive creations changed our tune. Sample chef Olav Peterson’s seasonal cuisine, but save plenty of room for dessert. The menu changes regularly, and while the cakes and mousses are decadent, it’s their accompaniments—ice cream in flavors as appealing and seasonal as bourbon, pumpkin, and lavender—that have us swooning. Order a scoop (or two) on its own; the passion fruit sorbet (flavors change frequently) was so fresh we were swept away with thoughts of sandy beaches and tiki drinks. 500 E.

Sweet Cow Ice Cream

The first thing owner Drew Honness asked as we walked in was, “What flavors do you want to try?” No need to ask twice. The menu board lists inventive flavors like kung pao cashew, sweet corn, and Pop-Tarts (yes please!), and nearly everything in the shop is fresh, homemade, and delicious (try the homemade hot fudge—heavenly). Stop in this summer for a cool cup of fresh peach ice cream, made with Palisade peaches from Munson Farms. It’s only served for three weeks in August when the fruit is in season, so time it right.