One of my favorite Cleveland foodies to follow along with is Claire from @cle_food – her colorful feed always leaves me feeling hungry. Anyone who has followed her on her foodie escapades knows that the girl loves her some ice cream! That’s why I’m so glad she has taken the time to share with us her favorite ice cream spots in The Land
Ice cream is a good idea year round, but now that it’s summer I think it’s time that you get the scoop (pun intended) on what some of the best ice cream shops in The Land are.
Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream: You know it’s good when there is a line out the door in the dead of Cleveland winter. Everyone in Cleveland knows and loves Mitchell’s Ice Cream. With their huge variety of flavors (including some dairy free and vegan friendly options), quality ingredients, and generous portions, what is there not to love? With over 30 flavors of ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt, there is truly something for everybody at Mitchell’s. I honestly don’t know if I could say what my favorite flavor here is because every single one (and trust me, I’ve tried all of them) is incredible. Each batch of ice cream is hand crafted at their Ohio City kitchen, and you can go at any time to watch the process of how the ice cream is made. Another thing I love about Mitchell’s is that they support other local companies. A lot of the ingredients found in the ice cream at Mitchell’s Ice Cream are sourced from local farmers and friends such as their berries (Greenfield Farms), nuts (Hillson Nut Co.), milk and cream (Hartzler Family Dairy), and many more. So go to Mitchells and order a scoop (or two), a milkshake, or a sundae sundae, and trust me, you will leave a lot happier than when you walk in.
Mason’s Creamery: If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Mason’s Creamery. With aesthetic wall murals and cute lights, Mason’s is a very Insta-worthy ice cream shop. Although you might go for the gram, you’ll definitely want to keep coming back after for the unique and always changing flavors of ice cream. At Mason’s Creamery, they make small batches of handmade ice cream, so they are always testing out different flavors like taro, black sesame, French toast, and Dunkaroos just to name a few. I am constantly going back because if you go back on different weeks, you will have a completely new flavor selection to choose from! On weekends they also offer soft serve, which I am seriously obsessed with because it is the perfect creamy texture. If you’re not there on a weekend though, I recommend getting your scoops of ice cream on their egg waffle with a flavored whipped cream on top. I promise you won’t regret it.
Piccadilly Artisan Creamery: When you order ice cream at Piccadilly Artisan Creamery, you’ll see that they take liquid ice cream and mix it with liquid nitrogen. Although your order might take a little longer to put together because of this, it is so worth it. This freezing process doesn’t just look really cool; it also results in an extra creamy ice cream (I had no clue ice cream could be so creamy until I tried this place) because the extremely fast freezing process minimizes the size of ice crystals in the ice cream. Not only is the ice cream here super creamy, but also every one of their flavors is incredible. Piccadilly Creamery takes pride in only using fresh quality ingredients (there’s only about 6 or ingredients in each ice cream), and the quality of their ingredients is evident when you take your first bite. This is a great place to hang out with friends or go on a date to because the atmosphere is so cute, and they have board games available to play while you eat your ice cream.
Sweet Moses: Two things that have a special place in my heart are ice cream and nostalgia, so when I first discovered Sweet Moses, I was in love. Located in the heart of Cleveland’s Gordon Arts District, Sweet Moses will take you right back to the 1950’s. This old-timey soda fountain, ice cream, and candy shop has truly mastered the classics and is the place to go to if you are looking for simple, classic, really good ice cream. Let me be honest, ifyou are looking for a small scoop of light ice cream or sorbet, you might be better off going to one of the previous ice cream shops talked about in this article. Sweet Moses isthe place to go to if you want a scoop of ice cream that is more like 3 scoops that has somehow been formed into one ball (seriously, the portions are huge) or a sundae that is big enough to feed a family of four. This classic neighborhood is a must try if you want to “treat yo’ self”. If it weren’t for the sake of my health, you’d see me here every day.
Now get out there + eat some ice cream, it’s good for your soul and much cheaper than therapy.