Denver's five best restaurant scoops of ice cream and gelato

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Lori Midson
The gelato at Spuntino.
The warm weather has us constantly craving ice cream, and yesterday, we listed our five best Denver parlors. While those are the places we're most likely to go for a double-scoop cone, ice cream parlors aren't the only places in town that turn out the dessert we crave: there are quite a few Denver restaurants that deliver a worthy scoop.

And so, as a follow up to yesterday's list, here, in no particular order, are our five favorite scoops of ice cream and gelato that come from restaurants.

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Lori Midson
Spuntino, 2639 West 32nd Avenue
Like any good neighborhood Italian cafe, Spuntino features a case full of house-spun gelati and sorbetti, and we can't get enough. Ethereally light and decadently creamy, the rotating flavors are made with seasonal ingredients and good chocolate. We love the amaretto, which is buttery smooth and lightly almond-y. We swoon over the chocolate orange, a perfect match of bitter and sweet. And we'd go out of our way for the tart raspberry sorbet on any warm afternoon. But the sea salt chocolate caramel is one of the best things we've ever put in our mouths, period: a sweet, milky caramel base topped with a thin layer of soft dark chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt. Each bite is a decadent explosion of sweet, salty and bitter, and by the time we scrape our tiny silver dishes clean, we only want more.

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Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, 1512 Curtis Street

While we make obsessive trips to ice cream parlors around town when we're craving a frozen scoop, there are certain ice cream cravings that send us, instead, to Le Grand. The restaurant doesn't exactly tout its ice cream prowess -- in fact, scoops are just served on the side of another dessert. But it shouldn't be overlooked: Le Grand turns out delicious flavors like basil buttermilk and orange caramel. One of our favorites is the walnut-praline ice cream, served in the colder months: sweet and creamy, lightly caramel-y and studded with crispy, sugared nuts, we eat a vat of it.

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James Lee
Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street
We're not scoop purists when it comes to ice cream; we'll take our frozen treat in just about any fashion you care to serve it, including a la mode, in a sandwich or blended into a shake. Or in a root beer float -- we love the root beer float. And the best root beer float we've ever had comes from Jax Fish House, where a frosty mug comes with two scoops of, say, salted caramel ice cream topped off with the spot's house made root beer. Please pass the straw. And quickly.

Location Info

Spuntino

2639 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Jax Fish House

1539 17th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Frasca Food and Wine

1738 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

TAG

1441 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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9 comments
Tryna
Tryna

Pajama Baking Co on Pearl St is hands sown the most amazing. Maybe I shouldn't have let out the secret-

Ce
Ce

Do not forget Scrumtious in old town arvada.

TheKirsten
TheKirsten

Where the heck is Sweet Action on this list? Seriously, where?

Ann
Ann

The bonus of getting gelato at Spuntino is that first you can have one of the best meals in town.

Barslinger
Barslinger

Check out Locanda Del Borgo's homemade gelatos

tRose
tRose

I LOVE the ice creams at Trillium, and they make their own!  Blueberry Ginger, Honey Basil, Alpine Berry, and Vermont Maple Sugar are my favorites!  They come with a delighful cardamom sugar cookie too!

Erin's Voice
Erin's Voice

Blueberry ginger sounds amazing! This would make a really great review on Voice Places (Powered by Village Voice Media, and part of the Denver Westword). Plus, you'd be the first to review 'em! Here's the link: http://www.voiceplaces.com/tri...

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