The Ten: Brain Freezingly Awesome Ice Creams, Gelatos & Sorbets

Photo courtesy of Dolcezza

Photo courtesy of Dolcezza

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

This week, we’re beating the heat one lick at a time. Get your mind out of the gutter! Here’s the scoop on the most brain freezingly awesome ice creams, gelatos, and sorbets.

Robb Duncan is a gelato maestro. His ever-fresh flavors are meticulously balanced, always creative and deeply satisfying. Whether you go for a cone or a cup, we recommend Thai coconut milk, lemon ricotta cardamom and black sesame.

Sinplicity Ice Cream Truck
This scoop shop on wheels offers handmade ice creams and sorbets. Right now we’re digging the Thai peanut ice cream and the port-laced raspberry sorbet, but it’s hard to go wrong with any choice you make here.

Thomas Sweet
This well-loved Georgetown corner shop is a favorite with the Obama girls, who have been spotted picking up cones there on several occasions. We hope they’re not going in for our favorite flavors – Grand Marnier and coffee amaretto.

Ice Cream Jubilee
What’s better than small batch artisanal ice cream on a hot summer day? Oh, yeah, small batch artisanal ice cream that’s delivered to your front doorstep by a smiling bike messenger. Artful, unexpected flavors include mango habanero, gin and tonic, peppermint pop rocks and white chocolate with candied kumquats.

Dolci Gelati
We couldn’t have been happier when this gelato micro chain opened a location in the heart of Takoma Park. Finally, we could indulge in our unrepentant affection for their dulce de leche, maple brown sugar and salted caramel gelatos on a regular basis. We still haven’t tried their smoke flavored option, but we promise to do so the next time it’s on the menu.

Moorenko’s Ice Cream Café
Whenever we lose electricity during the dog days of summer, we head to this chilly oasis in Silver Spring. Wild blueberry, zingy ginger and coconut almond all provide sweet relief from the heat.

Cream Cycle
Volt and Smith Commons alumnus Carlos Delgado has decided to start peddling handcrafted ice cream sandwiches. Actually, he’s pedaling them. Delivered by bicycle, his left-of-the-dial flavor combos include jalapeno ice cream between dark chocolate cookies and Momofuku styled cereal milk ice cream bookended by granola cookies.

Pitango Gelato
When we’re looking for a late afternoon pick-me-up, we always hit this gelateria-café for an affogato. One small scoop of gelato, two shots of freshly pulled espresso. We like ours best with hazelnut, pistachio or gianduja (aka the one that tastes like Nutella).

Taharka Bros.
These socially-conscious ice creams out of B’more sport inspired names and creative flavors. Cases in point: the Jazz Man’s Blues (blueberry ice cream with blueberry and jasmine flower swirls) and A Dream Preferred (toasted coconut ice cream with a rum raisin swirl, brown sugar toffee pieces and chocolate covered pop rocks).

Rare Sweets
Meredith Tomason churns out exhilaratingly experimental frozen treats. Think sour cream sorghum ice cream and rhubarb pink peppercorn sorbet. The talented pastry chef plans to open a shop this fall, but you can pick up pints at Glen’s Garden Market in the meantime.


Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.

  • cyanpineapple

    Dolcezza is absolutely the best gelato I’ve had in the U.S. I hate chocolate ice cream (I will try absolutely anything in my ice cream except a chocolate base), but I took a risk on their Valrhona and it changed. my. life.

  • dcgirl74

    Dolcezza is my DC favorite for sure. (I highly recommend Capogiro if anyone is ever in Philly!)

  • saf_dc

    You missed Max’s Best Ice Cream in Glover Park.