No matter how sophisticated your taste buds are, nothing brings out the kid in you like ice cream. There are a bevy of metro places to get your sweet tooth satisfied, including places that specialize in gelato, Italian ice cream that’s made with milk rather than cream. Whether you crave the flavor of the week or are devoted to the classics, these local places have the scoop for you.
Kaiser’s American Bistro
1039 N. Walker Ave.
The soda fountain at Kaiser’s American Bistro wasn’t created to look authentic.
It is authentic — Kaiser’s Ice Cream opened in 1918 looking out over a bustling Midtown. While the interior is charmingly nostalgic, the reason to stop by is the ice cream. It’s made fresh in-house, and there are six flavors to choose from. You can even get your scoops in a homemade waffle cone. If you’d prefer to sip your indulgence, Kaiser’s also offers homemade shakes and malts.
Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store
Multiple metro locations
Sometimes we forget that Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores have always been local. Who can resist the perfect banana split? It’s made while you wait, with three scoops of any flavor, hot fudge and fresh whipped cream. If you’re thinking of branching out, Braum’s just added three new sundaes — including the colorful Birthday Cake Sundae with pound cake, the electric blue birthday cake ice cream and marshmallow topping — to its already-impressive repertoire.
Il Dolce Gelato
937 SW 25th St., Moore
Since 2007, owners Sommer and Neil Buss have served up thousands of scoops and even more smiles. With hundreds
of flavors made in small batches, there is sure to be something for even the most fickle taste buds. There are classic flavors like stracciatella (that’s like chocolate chip) and unique combinations like strawberry balsamic. There are also exactly four variations involving the words “peanut butter.” No, they won’t let you live there. We checked.
333 W. Sheridan Ave.
This little coffee shop nestled in the Devon Tower has a lot to offer, from freshly made pastries and breads to mouthwatering gelato. The gelato is made daily in small batches, so when a flavor is gone, it’s gone. But there is sure to be more than one that moves you, including the cheesecake and the salted caramel. We suggest you try them all.
301 S. Bryant Ave., Suite 130, Edmond
For an authentic Italian experience, look no farther than Edmond. Located by the University of Central Oklahoma, Roma’s Gelato offers a daily variety of fresh gelato and (dairy-free) sorbet, including tiramisu and pistachio. New flavors are added all the time. Be sure to check out the selection of gelato popsicles or the affogato al caffe, sweet gelato swimming in a cup of steamy espresso.
Sooner Dairy Lunch
1820 W. Main St., Norman
Cruising Main Street in Norman, you might overlook the red-and-white-striped drive-in with the classic sign, and that would be a shame. Sooner Dairy Lunch has served Oklahoma since 1954 and has some of the best burgers and fries in the business. The real shame, however, would be missing out on one of the traditional milkshakes, which are handmade with thick, rich ice cream. Our favorite flavor is butterscotch. It’s just the thing to cool you off on a hot August afternoon.
Bricktown Candy Co.
100 E. California Ave., Suite 100
With a dazzling assortment of candies and soda pops, Bricktown Candy Co. is heaven for your sweet tooth. There’s even a wall of mix-and-match bulk candy. There are 24 daily choices of gelato (the store makes 60 varieties, and the menu rotates), including classic flavors and not-so classic flavors like bubblegum or maple bacon. If you can’t make up your mind, try a sample or two. Also, the company makes its own root beer, Triple AAA, named for an Oklahoma City favorite from the past.
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