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2003/05/26 16:23:38 (permalink)

Best Ice Cream in the USA..

The BEST ice cream in U.S.S. handsdown is Rainbow Cone. They only have one location on the South Side of the city an that is in the Beverly neighborhood, approximately 20 min. from downtown. The icecream resembles the colors of the rainbow-- from sherbert to pistachio, vanilla, strawberry and of course chocolate. This place has been in existance for well over 50 years and is NOT a chain. There's nothing like it anywhere. Also, when summer hits the line stretches for a block. Surprised Roadfood hasn't reviewed it.

It's always a big hit...especially at the annual Taste of Chicago. Only problem is they're closed in the winter.
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    muzzlehatch
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/13 20:06:20 (permalink)
    Chicago is a great ice cream town; never had Rainbow Cone mesolo but I'll take your word for it; I was a northsider so my fave for the longest time was Al Gelato, an amazing italian gelato maker which had a shop in Evanston. The retail establishments (there were 3 or 4 or think all on the North shore...someone help me out) went out of business probably almost 10 years ago but you could still get pints for some time afterward. I think they're gone now which is a real shame. My favorite now on my rare visits back is Oberweiss Dairy, which has a shop on Fullerton just East of Ashland/Clybourn. Very rich and thick (and expensive!).
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/14 13:18:42 (permalink)
    THE (main plant) Oberweiss Dairy is on my way home from work but I'm proud to say I can resist! It is very very rich and good. It has now become a small chain in the Chicago area but originates from Aurora. If you drive in the farm country here and pass a dairy farm, you might see a sign that boosts "proudly producing for Oberweiss Dairy" The Colonial Company, based in St.Charles also has been in the ice cream business since the early 1900's, theres is more of an ice milk flavor than Oberweiss' cream.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/17 20:21:53 (permalink)
    I have found a lot of good ice cream over the years. One is Carvel in the Northeast and Florida.

    What I can contribute is New England. Driving on the roads of New England is like going back to the seventies elsewhere. There must be at least two ice cream stands along the road in every town. The quality and taste vary but there is a good supply of ice cream stands back in New England.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/17 21:01:50 (permalink)
    Speaking of good ice cream, there used to be a chain (of which one or two shops still exist) called "Kohr's Frozen Custard". Simply wonderfull stuff...and they used to have great orangeade also. That's one great childhood memory! Had their ice cream...ok, custard many times on the Asbury Pk. boardwalk while growing up
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/17 21:22:07 (permalink)
    There may be some Carvel stands still in existence, but I think they are mostly selling their product in supermarkets nowadays.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/17 23:14:08 (permalink)
    I enjoy Kohr's frozen custard which still have stands on the South Jersey shore. I also vote for Bassett's of Philadelphia. Located in the Reading Terminal Market for over 100 years, also available in pints in select retailers.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/18 05:33:17 (permalink)
    Oh my gosh, did you ever hear those wild radio ads for Carvel? The owner's folksy marble-mouthed exhortations to take home "Fudgie the whale!!! used to just crack us up.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/18 07:40:02 (permalink)
    I can tell you that Carvel is alive and well in CT. Still a favorite for cones, and "Fudgie the Whale" and "Cookie-Puss." Last year they brought back remakes of some of the corny advertisements, but they just weren't the same without Tom Carvel's voice.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/18 22:13:55 (permalink)
    yeah there are open Carvel stands in VT as well I've yet to try any but will think more about it after reading this thread!
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/19 08:21:27 (permalink)
    At Carvel I love the black crunchies that come between the layers of ice cream in the frozen cakes.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/19 15:55:25 (permalink)
    I live in Binghamton, New York and there's still 1 Carvel shop operating on Riverside drive here. It's been here in the same place since I was a kid and I'm 48 now, so It's been here awhile, but I don't know of any others that are nearby.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/19 18:39:57 (permalink)
    "Lik's" in Denver, formerly known as Lickety Split. Everything is made on the premises and I've never had better. I always order one scoop of ginger and one of cinnamon.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/19 18:56:03 (permalink)
    In East Tennessee, we have Mayfields Dairy located in Athens, Tennessee. They are getting larger, but are continually improving their quality.

    Their ice cream is super and their variety is outstanding. The Mayor recently visited their museum and plant tour and I believe he will attest to their value.

    While traveling down I-75 and you make a stop at Athens at mile marker 49 in Tennessee, take a small trek over and visit their plant and buy some great ice cream.

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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/19 19:20:04 (permalink)
    Sundance said it all...We loved the stop at Mayfield's and now that the warmer weather is upon us, it would be even better.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/23 14:59:17 (permalink)
    How about The Sundae School and The Ice Cream Smuggler, each in Dennis, Mass on the Cape. And Brown's in York, Maine. And if you venture to the other side of the ocean, La Berthillon is the reason to go to Paris! The richest, darkest chocolate I have ever had.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/23 16:15:22 (permalink)
    Some good ones already noted, but my personal favorite, which keeps me driving through St. Louis (from New Jersey to Colorado) each summer is Ted Drewes. The waiting lines can be long, especially on hot nights, but the ice cream is out of this world (especially with their pralines)! Anybody else tried that?
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/24 13:36:14 (permalink)
    What about the difference between ice cream and frozen custard? As a New Englander living in the Midwest, I am completely devoted to real ice cream and find frozen custard too close to soft-serve. I find people around where I live see frozen custard and ice cream as the same. As far as frozen custard goes Ted Drewes in St. Louis is great, but can't hold a candle to the real, family-owned, homemade ice cream spots throughout New England. Thoughts?
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/24 13:48:44 (permalink)
    farmette,

    To answer your question see the topic on ice cream & custards further down this forum
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/24 14:38:26 (permalink)
    Blue Bell ice cream made in Brenham Texas. The Moollineum crunch is my favorite.

    "We eat all we can, and we sell all the rest"
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/24 15:09:52 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Lone Star

    Blue Bell ice cream made in Brenham Texas. The Moollineum crunch is my favorite.

    "We eat all we can, and we sell all the rest"


    I'd have to agree--it's 'da bomb! I tasted all the brands we can get here in rural Arkansas, and it's far and away the best. In fact, I just had a Blue Bell mini ice cream sandwich before typing this...
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/26 18:14:51 (permalink)
    I live in Texas and I never found anything in Blue Bell that stands out. It is all right, but it does not stand out. If I had a choice for regular supermarket ice cream, I would take Bryers. All the premiums are better though, the ones with weird foreign names. I bought a Hagen Daz and it is so rich, that the ice cream coats the plate.

    Carvel is still all around the Northeast and Florida. Carvel used to claim that it has the highest butterfat content of any ice cream in North America. And they said butterfat is what makes the ice cream taste good.

    If there is a Carvel near you, by all means have a cone or a cup of their ice cream. They have a website with all of their locations.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/28 16:27:16 (permalink)
    In my mind, Mayfield's of Athens Tennessee is the best. If you are ever in the area, visit their museum and sample their goods.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/06/28 18:13:28 (permalink)
    While I am not ready to proclaim Mayfield's (see Paul's post above) as the best anywhere...It is a Big Cut Above all store brands and most dairy-stands !! We really enjoyed our introduction to it.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/02 16:38:06 (permalink)
    Ted Drewes in St. Louis is an awesome custard stand with incredibly cheap prices. Leon's in Milwaukee is another great retro custard experience, and Margie's in Chicago is a circa 1921 ice cream parlor/candy shop.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/02 23:42:57 (permalink)
    Homemade Hand Cranked Ice Cream! Grandmothers favorite was with bananas mixed in before it was frozen.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/03 10:30:34 (permalink)
    After moving from Florida (Carvel Colony) to Chicago (Oberweiss Country) I declare the contest a tie. Carvel gets the edge in soft serve, Oberweiss for regular ice cream. For you Carvel lovers out there, are you making a distinction between the soft serve and regular ice cream? For me, the soft serve is what Carvel excels at. A Carvel ice cream cake is most certainly on the "last meal" menu.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/03 11:26:30 (permalink)
    Painter's Ice cream in North Myrtle Beach S.C. / wonderful Watermelon ice cream. The Great Escape in Watkin's Glen N.Y. for blackberry custard. Emack and Bolio's in Orleans Mass. and Abbott's in Rochester N.Y. for a Rootbeer milkshake.
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/03 13:30:26 (permalink)
    Oberweiss is good because it's heavy on the "cream" part! I drive by their plant every day, their tanks in front are painted like cows!
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    RE: Best Ice Cream in the USA.. 2003/07/03 13:56:34 (permalink)
    Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla always hits the spot at our house, but in the summer months I can feel a craving for their Homemade Vanilla with Peaches.
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