Best Ice Cream

1. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl - Zanesville, Ohio

2. Herrell's - Northampton, Mass.

3. Bassett's, Philadelphia

4. University Creamery Penn State 

5. Dave and Andy's, Pittsburgh

6. Handel's, Youngstown, Ohio

7. Four Seas Ice Cream, Centerville, Mass.

8. Robin Rose Ice Cream & Chocolate, Venice, Calif.

9. Carl's, Fredericksburg, Va.

10. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis, MO

Honorable Mention

Gelatiamo Italian Ice Cream,  Seattle, WA

Kopp's Frozen Custard, Brookfield, WI

Jake's Ice Cream, Atlanta, GA

Hank's Ice Cream Parlor, Houston, TX

Gelateria Parmalat, Miami, FL

Top 10 Chain Ice Cream Parlors

1. Oberweis Dairy , IL & MO

2. Cold Stone Creamery

3. Graeter's - Ohio & Kentucky

4. Lappert's  Ice Cream, HI,CA,AZ & WA

5. Marble Slab Creamery

6. MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream

7. Bruster's

8. Abbott's Frozen Custard, NY

9. Ben and Jerry's



Tom's Ice Cream Bowl - First on our list of best ice cream in America is Tom's Ice Cream Bowl. It is tucked away in a residential neighborhood just off I-70 in Zanesville, Ohio. A sign out front reminds patrons not to block neighbor's driveways. The staff is decked out in white hats, white aprons and black bow ties. The interior looks untouched since it opened at the current location in 1950. There is a timeless quality to the place.
532 McIntire Ave.
Zanesville, Ohio
Phone: (740)452-5267
Herrell's - Herrell's Ice Cream has been Voted Best Ice Cream in Boston several years running, you'll find the ice cream is well worth the trip. The kids will love the "smoosh ins" like m&m's, snickers, and other goodies. For an extra decadent treat, indulge in the home made hot fudge or bring home a specialty ice cream cake.

     Herrell's makes over 125 flavors of high quality, fresh, hand-made ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet. They have been nationally acclaimed as pioneers in superpremium ice cream. Newsweek Magazine said Herrell's is "known for its uncompromising quality," and is "a mecca for ice cream lovers."
     Founder, Steve Herrell, has had a profound influence on the recent history of ice cream.  Herrell founded Herrell's in 1980; but previously, in 1973, he founded Steve's Ice Cream, near Boston. Here he introduced an exceptionally well-flavored, extra smooth and creamy ice cream, by mechanically altering a commercial ice cream freezer. Steve  was also the first ice cream maker to grind Heath Bars¨ and other name brand candies and confections and mix them into ice cream. His innovations spread across the country from his first ice cream store, which became the model for countless other new ice cream businesses of the time.

8 Old South Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-9700

Bassett's, Philadelphia For five generations and over 140 years, Bassetts Ice Cream has delighted the palates of ice cream lovers the world over. With this site we have attempted to share some of the"flavor" of Bassetts, including our history and our products.
     In 1893, Lewis Dubois Bassett moved production of his ice cream to the newly built Reading Terminal Market.  At the same time he also opened a retail store.  The store that he opened is still in the same location in the Reading Terminal with the original marble counters and is still family owned by Lewis Dubois’ great-great grandson Michael Strange. 
     The store is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  and sells Bassetts Ice Cream in a cone, cup, dish or hand-packed (dry ice is available) to take home.  Stop by and taste one or more of our delicious flavors.  

Bassetts Ice Cream at the Terminal
45 North 12th Street
Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia, PA  19107

University Creamery, Getting ice cream at the Creamery  at Penn State has been a tradition since 1896. On football weekends, salespeople dip several thousand cones and on a summer day, lines extend out the doors as people await their turn at the tubs of ice cream. Visitors are advised not to miss this important stop. The Creamery's ice cream is so fresh that only four days, on the average, elapse between the cow and your newly dipped cone. This rich ice cream, with a butterfat content of 14.1 percent, contains only the very best ingredients fresh milk and cream, of course, and even pure vanilla from Madagascar.

Dave and Andy's,  Dave and Andy's opened in 1983.  With its location on Atwood Street in the Oakland district of Pittsburgh, it has been home to many ice cream lovers of Pittsburgh. It all started after college when Dave Tuttle and Andy Hardie, both Pittsburgh natives, decided to open an ice cream specialty shop. Seventeen years ago, graduating from Hobart University, Dave and Andy decided to return back their roots and bring something back to the community. Although not unique, Dave and Andy wanted to provide an ice cream shop where people of all ages could enjoy ice cream inexpensively and with good taste.
207 Atwood Sq.
Pittsburgh, PA
412 681-9906

Handel's, -  Since 1945, Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt is made fresh every day on the premises. Their products, equipment, methods and recipes are exclusive only to Handel's. Each batch is made in freezers specifically designed to create Handel's distinctively smooth and creamy texture. Their
philosophy is to the best ingredients available, and always in abundance. 
The original store scoops 12,000-15,000 portions a week
3931 Handel's Court
Youngstown, OH 44511
(330) 788-0356

Four Seas Ice Cream - Four Seas Ice Cream is the oldest ice cream store on the Cape and is the third oldest still operating single shop in New England. It was originally opened to in 1934 by W. Wells Watson.  Watson decided to open an ice cream store in the facility which had been a black smith shop. The original iron runway left from the barn doors are still there today.
     The store was called Four Seas because of a poem that was written by an old Cape Cod poet.  The poem begins, " We face four seas, four seas azure blue." The four seas surrounding the Cape are Cape Cod Bay, Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket Sound and Buzzard's Bay.
360 South Main Street
Centerville, MA 02632

Robin Rose Ice Cream & Chocolate - Rose began her business seventeen years ago making high quality chocolates, but when she couldn't sell some truffles because the still-good chocolate got that "pale, powdery look, she invented Raspberry Chocolate Truffle ice cream." Another notable flavor is her Rose Petal, made with crystallized French rose petals from a Swiss importer. Rose's contains less sugar than commercial ice creams - just enough to keep it scoopable and provide a light sweetness. "She has a personal passion for making it taste the absolute best." 
215 Rose Ave
Venice, CA

Carl's  - You may call it “Carl’s Ice Cream”, “Carl’s Frozen Custard”, “Carl’s Electro-Freeze” or just plain ol’ “Carl’s”, but you're sure to call it delicious. What makes Carl’s so popular?  Carl’s popularity can be traced back some 50 years to 1947, when Carl’s first started serving the public. Carl’s has become so popular, that some travelers passing through Fredericksburg on the Interstate will stop by just for some Ice Cream. Regulars to Carl's include residents from Stafford, Spotsylvania, Orange and Caroline counties.
    Could it be the Ice Cream that makes Carl’s so popular? Could it be the speedy service(there's usaully a large line)? Carl’s serves 3 tasty flavors of frozen custard, (yes, custard - custard contains more eggs than ice cream), chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
    The custard is made in 120 gallon batches from a rare 1940 era Electo-Freeze Ice Cream machines. You can see the actual brightly polished chrome machines churning out ice custard when you visit. Another unique feature for Carl’s Ice Cream is that the Ice Cream does not come out of the machines swirled, twirled or twisted. The frozen custard slowly exits the Electro-Freeze machines down a chute in a flat rectangular shape (about four inches wide and one inch thick), into the freezer where your ice cream is scooped from. 
2200 Princess Anne St.
Fredericksburg, VA 

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard - It all started  in 1929,  when Ted Sr. opened his first ice cream store in Florida. The  next year , another store opened on Natural Bridge in St. Louis and then South Grand store opened in 1931. In 1941 the family opened a second south side stand which is the current Chippewa location, old route 66. By 1958, the south side stands were all that remained.
According to Ted Jr., the success of the operation has brought it nationwide attention in the form of offers to franchise the stands. He said such offers pour in quite frequently. However he has never agreed to franchise and he says that he never will.  "It is a matter of quality. Franchising could lead to mediocrity," Ted notes with a shake of his head.
     Ted credits much of his success to his father. Ted Sr. was a St. Louis attraction, winning the tennis Muny championships each year from 1926 to 1935. He also won the National Public Parks title four straight years in the middle 1920's.  

     "I remember just before dad died, that was nearly 31 years ago, I asked him then if he was ever mad that I didn't become a tennis star like him," Ted said. "He said, how could you? You were always working." 
     And it is work that brings Ted to Nova Scotia each fall, where he personally selects the best Canadian balsam Fir Christmas trees to bring home to St. Louis.
     Like Ted's Frozen Custard, a Ted Drewes Christmas tree has become a St. Louis tradition for many, and he's happy about that. "We have people buy their trees from us year after year, and they don't even know we sell ice cream!" Ted exclaims.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
4224 S Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63111

This listing of the Top Ten Ice Cream Parlors and Creameries is constantly being revised as we experience new places that make and serve ice cream. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!