What’s hotter than a summer afternoon in New Orleans? All the cool ice cream options offered around town.
Roll with it: Rolled ice cream is fast gaining footing in the city, with Freezy Street in the Marigny neighborhood spawning additional locations in Mid-City, New Orleans East and beyond. You’ll find a vegan version, amped with fruity pebbles and edible flowers, at the Mac & Moon booth in the Auction House Market in the Central Business District.
Old softies: Old World Italian ice and gelato is found at Angelo Brocato’s, along with wedges of spumoni and sliced cassata (spumoni layer with cake and candied fruits). At Turkey and the Wolf it’s all about old-school vanilla soft-serve with newfangled toppings like tahini and date molasses.
Modern marvels: At the Central Business District offshoot of the Austrialian-based Aqua S chain, pastel-hued soft-serve (Elderflower, lychee, sea salt) comes wrapped in cotton candy, topped with Pop Rocks or with a toasted marshmallow pop on the side. Everyday ice cream becomes a full-on science at Creamistry, a nationwide chain where liquid nitrogen is used to create your own personal mix from 30-plus flavors and toppings.
Sundae best: Banana splits, Coke floats and malted shakes are among the classics at The Creole Creamery, but the big order is the over-the-top Tchoupitoulas sundae, loaded with eight scoops of ice cream and eight toppings.
Shake it up: Frey Smoked Meat Co. lures diners in with its award-winning barbecue, but it’s the giant, whimsical milkshakes that make them linger. The Cookie Monster comes topped with a cupcake and cookie, while the Saturday Morning Cartoons arrives rimmed with Fruit Loops.