I am crazy about ice cream, and even have something like a top 10 wishlist of ice cream parlors (I'll be adding the other entries from this forum), but I am so lucky to have Graeter's in Lexington. The store was founded in Cincinnati and is still based there, but they have extended their reach to Columbus, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky. Unlike most chocolate chips which crunch, Graeter's chips actually have some "give" in them...double chocolate chip with bittersweet "chips" (they're too big to truly call chips) is amazing.
There's another place that ranks highly with me--Paolo's Gelato in Atlanta's Highlands neighborhood. Paolo was born in Italy and has a way with dairy! Some of his flavors include violet, chocolate rum, kiwi, zabaglione (my personal favorite), jasmine, cannoli cream, etc. Here's his web site: http://www.paolosgelato.com/.
More expensive than most "ice cream" but sooooo good! And he serves it with much personality.