This summer the boys volunteered to find the best ice cream in St. Louis! It’s a tough job and much ice cream was devoured. We decided to keep our competition to LOCAL ice cream shops–no chains. So what did we find out? St. Louis has some AWESOME ice cream…and you should really try it for yourself!
7) Ted Drewes: Ok, it’s concrete, not ice cream, but St. Louis’ favorite frozen custard needs a shout out on any list of frozen treats. This is a custard stand, which apparently means you stand around while eating it. We like to have ours tailgate style. Why we like it: Ted Drewes is the ultimate in customization–add whatever topping you want and make it your own! A St. Louis classic. Two locations: 6726 Chippewa and 4224 S. Grand Blvd.
6) Crown Candy Kitchen: Another St. Louis classic with lines out the door on nice summer days. Crown Candy is an old fashioned ice cream shop…literary, it’s like over a 100 years old! They make a killer old school milk shake, but seriously…their biggest claim to fame is that they never moved from North St. Louis. Still, if you live anywhere near St. Louis, you have to put it on your bucket list. Why we like it: there’s only one size for milk shakes, it’s $4.79 and it’s so big you really need to share it. So bring a friend. Very little seating, so order yours to go. Located at 1401 Saint Louis Ave.
5) Fitz’s Root Beer: I know, I know, Fitz’s is not an ice cream parlor. But have you seen their root beer floats? Their massive ice cream shakes? O.M.G. Every summer the boys and I have to make a trip to Fitz’s just for the ice cream. Why we like it: three scoops of ice cream on Fitz’s Root Beer on tap! Located at 6605 Delmar Boulevard in the Loop.
4) Serendipity: Located in Webster Groves, Serendipity dishes out homemade ice cream that’s really, really good. This is a nice sized ice cream parlor, so you should be able to find a seat when you drop by. Serendipity has quite the reputation for excellent ice cream and wholesales to local restaurants. Why we like it: Handmade, right in the shop. Located at 8130 Big Bend Blvd.
3) Fountain on Locust: We haven’t made it to the Fountain on Locust in person, but I got the next best thing! They were at Scoops of Fun handing out ice cream cocktails, so I did get to sample their ice cream grasshopper martini. Excellent! And besides, they were recently listed as the Best Ice Cream Parlor in Missouri! They’re a combo bar and ice cream parlor, with regular ice cream and adult treats. Located at 3037 Locust Street.
2) Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery: Clementine’s just opened this summer in Lafayette Square and they are knocking everyone’s socks off! They’re not just serving homemade ice cream–this is “handcrafted small batch” ice cream, using only the finest natural ingredients. The Naughty and Nice bit is that they have a selection of boozy ice creams–but their ice cream shop is totally family friendly. And small. Very, very small. Like Serendipity, these guys also wholesale their ice cream to local restaurants. In the city? They deliver. Yes! Why we like it: creative flavors like Salted Crack Caramel with candied bacon. Yum! Located at 1637 South 18th Street.
1) Ices Plain and Fancy: This shop has it all! Historic charm (they’re in the Shaw Neighborhood), plenty of seating, generous servings and LIQUID FREAKIN’ NITROGEN. I’ll admit, the boys were impressed the most with Ices Plain and Fancy because each delicious scoop is mixed up just for you and frozen on the spot with a dash of liquid nitrogen. Why? The liquid nitrogen is not only showy, it makes the ice cream extra smooth and creamy. It was also very, very good. Why we like it: the ice cream is so smooth, you can’t describe it. Go get some! Located at 2256 South 39th Street.
So there you have it, our seven best ice cream parlors in St. Louis! Note that at FOUR of the shops, mom and dad can have an adult beverage/ice cream concoction while the kids get hyped up on ice cream…I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. (Ices, Clementine’s & Fountain serve over 21 ice cream flavors; Fountain and Fitz’s have full bars.) All the shops are family friendly, so next time you’re in the area, stop for some of the city’s best ice cream!