Best Ice Cream/Soda Fountain
This perpetually crowded Elmwood ice cream shop is ground zero for gourmands and foodies whose sophisticated taste buds are slaves to intriguing flavors such as Meyer lemon, pluot, basil, and fennel rather than the pedestrian chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry of less-evolved shops. Mary Canales, a former Chez Panisse pastry chef, is the maestro behind this symphony of sweets, and she's a true-blue locavore who seeks out the freshness and the bounty of each season from area farmers markets, urban gardens, and beyond to create inspired tastes unmatched by others. Ici's kitchen constantly hums with the activity of made-fresh-every-day ice cream, sorbet, and sherbet. In addition to those tasty scoopable concoctions, Ici also makes ice cream bombes, ice cream sandwiches, bonbons, baked Alaska, and other out-of-this-world creations. Don't miss the homemade cones either. Two scoops go for $3.75 — worth every penny.