Do you love ice cream desserts? Whether you’re a die-hard aficionado or just appreciate the creamy treat, the nation's top restaurants are taking a cue from the country's best ice cream shops, changing it up (and mixing things in). Maybe you’re a purist who goes hard for a simple vanilla, or exotic matcha-black-sesame is more your style.
Whatever you like to dig into when the mood strikes, here's the scoop on where to find some of the best ice cream desserts in the country.
In NYC, Quality Meats' array of fun ice cream flavors, including burnt marshmallow, cookie monster, brown butter pecan pie and coffee and donuts, topped with chocolate, caramel or butterscotch sauce, make it tough to decide. Incredible ice cream cakes — mint Oreo chunk ice cream with devil's food cake and blueberry frozen yogurt and lemon chiffon cake are amazing — only mean you'll have to come back for more.
Southeast Asian-inspired Doi Moi in Washington D.C. churns out incredible soft serve ice cream — available by the cone or cup — in flavors that change weekly. Last we checked, papaya and sweet turmeric were taking star (and delicious) turns on the menu.
Photo provided by Whetstone Tavern. Photo by Vanessa Beahn.
In Philadelphia, Whetstone Tavern’s PA Dutch Apple Dumpling — made with flaky crust stuffed with half of a baked Gala apple and topped with brown sugar sauce and condensed milk ice cream — is the perfect dessert to share (or not).
A mighty mountain of salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce awaits you at ABC Kitchen in New York. The perfect balance of salty, savory, crunchy and sweet — consider yourself warned: this one’s impossible not to finish.
The Franklin Room in Chicago delivers a house-made strawberry (and caramel!) waffle with honey, vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped cream. Also known as the best breakfast ever. If it’s wrong to end a meal with a giant pile of this goodness, then we don’t want to be right.