The best ice cream shops in the West deliver out-of-this-world treats, whether you prefer plain or seriously sprinkled.
Get your ice cream here! We've done the hard work for you, scouting the best neighborhood ice cream shops and investigating the newest artisan ice creameries. Check out these stories to find the hot spots for cool treats, whether you prefer local and seasonal ingredients, unusual flavor combinations—cardamom/orange peel, perhaps?—or plain, delightful vanilla.
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This article was first published in May 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.