July is National Ice Cream Month. And to celebrate, there are a few hidden gems and offerings in the City of Brotherly Love to try for yourself.
Philadelphians can spend Saturday nights for the rest of July at Chef Lee Styer’s newly opened spot The Dutchess to curb their ice cream craving—with a spirited kick. Saturday Night Social, a weekly pop-up held from 4 to 8 p.m. every Saturday this month features two unique, icy cocktail creations: The Spiked Birch Beer Float ($13) made with a vanilla rum ice cream, and the Spicy Watermelon Margarita ($13) made with lime sorbet. For something with less of a kick, visitors can also enjoy house-made malted milk chocolate and vanilla salted caramel ice cream (served semifreddo-style) on the all-day menu as well.
1527 S. 4th St., thedutchessphilly.com
The GOAT Rittenhouse
Philadelphians may not realize that the area’s swanky drinking and dining venue also offers ice cream. The GOAT’S sundae is stacked high with 3 scoops of gelato, chocolate syrup, caramel, chopped nuts, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top. Or, diners can make it simple with single scoops of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry gelato.
1907 Sansom St., thegoatrittenhouse.com
Scoop Scoop DeVille at The Bourse Food Hall
According to a release, for National Ice Cream Month, the Old City staple is whipping up additional creative and creamy libations, which they say is “fit for the big kid at heart.” Boozy Milkshakes and Soda Floats ($13), crafted with Scoop DeVille’s house-made ice cream are now on the menu, and ice cream-lovers can select from an assortment of flavors including s’mores and chocolate peanut butter milkshakes, in addition to orange creamsicle and root beer floats.
111 S. Independence Mall E, theboursephilly.com
Large steaks and stiff drinks aren’t the only offerings on Alpen Rose’s menu. The venue’s ice cream sundae is fit for two boasting vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream with bananas, whipped cream, and varied sweet toppings on the side to top it off.
116 S. 13th St, alpenrosephl.com
The Old City French-inspired restaurant from Chef Christopher Kearse is offering its own spin on the frozen treat. While dining at Forsythia, Philadelphians can try the newly-added brown butter almond financier, crafted with roasted peach compote, basil ice cream and olive oil powder.
233 Chestnut St, forsythiaphilly.com
Art in the Age
Boozy ice cream is now available throughout the sunny season at Art in the Age, and those with a sweet tooth can indulge in Milk Jawn’s creamy double fold vanilla flavor, as well as a weekly rotating flavor, topped with a selection of premium spirits from the Old City venue. Some indulgent flavors will be available including: sierra fig, mountain berry, black trumpet blueberry (the only cordial made with mushrooms and reminiscent of blueberry pie), and apple crisp. An Amaro Float is also available via zero-proof elixir (aka The Pathfinder Hemp and Root), which is akin to a non-alcoholic amaro, and every Thursday, the boozy ice cream offerings are available at a special rate. Those who head out to Art in the Age on those specific days will receive a serving of Milk Jawn ice cream for $5, with cordial toppers being just an additional $1. Friday through Wednesday however, the ice cream is still $5, with cordial toppers offered for an additional $3 (and limited special release toppers available for an additional $7.)
116 N. 3rd St, artintheage.com
The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District has a few different venues offering ice cream in Philadelphia. D’Emilios Old World Ice Treats, Favors & Flavors, and Arctic Scoop are all in attendance in the South Philly neighborhood, and so is the new kid on the block: Milk Jawn. The fresh addition hosts occasional pop-ups at their soon-to-launch storefront and appearances at the weekly Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays, and Philadelphians can find out more about the neighborhood on the EPABID’s website.
Various locations, visiteastpassyunk.com