Denver's five best spots for ice cream
The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which means that many of you are firing up the grills and planning to hit the parks for a weekend of frolicking in the sunshine. As for us, we're getting ready to celebrate the holiday -- and what feels like the beginning of summer -- with a cold, sweet treat.
While frozen yogurt shops are plentiful in this town, there are really only a handful of places where you can scoop up great ice cream. Here are Denver's five best:
5. Frasca Food & Wine and Pizzeria Locale
These aren't traditional traditional ice cream shops, but the gelati and sorbetti on Frasca's dessert list are worth a stop, whether or not you're planning on eating an entire dinner. The Friulian restaurant makes a run of simple flavors -- vanilla bean, dark chocolate, coconut and raspberry -- that are all ethereally smooth and dense with flavor. And since Pizzeria Locale is now serving this stuff, too, you don't have to nab a seat at Frasca's bar just to order three scoops of ice cream.
This Larimer Square restaurant has a menu full of flashy food, dishes that combine flavor elements that shouldn't work together, but somehow do. This wizardry extends to desserts: In addition to a number of pastries, TAG serves up ten or so wacky ice cream flavors that include an incredible salted caramel, nostalgic cereal blends (like Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs) and some truly weird stuff, like lobster and uni. Silky and light, a scoop is a perfect way to end dinner -- or a good reason just to stop in at the end of the evening.
3. Little Man Ice Cream
It's hard to miss the big silver milk jug at the edge of Highland; besides being architecturally interesting, it's always swarming with people. They come for cones and cups of creamy banana-flavored ice cream studded with chocolate chips, or sweet and spicy ginger gelato, or tangy mint-lime sorbet. The treats, made in small batches and by hand, are so decadent that you might want to buy an entire pint.