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85 Best Ice Cream Spots in the West

Members share their favorite spots for amazing ice cream in California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah.

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picture Chef Lou with the ice cream potato at Westside Drive In in Boise, Idaho
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Chef Lou of Boise's Westside Drive In shows off the ice cream potato.

Members share their favorite spots for amazing ice cream in California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah.

California

Arcata Scoop 1068 I St., Arcata

Bassetts Station Store and Café 100 Gold Lake Rd., Sierra City

Bi-Rite Creamery Various locations in San Francisco

Cowlick's Ice Cream 250 N. Main St., Fort Bragg

Double 8 Dairy — Available in grocery stores and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area

Fairfax Scoop 63 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax (415) 453-3130

Fentons Creamery Various locations in Oakland and Vacaville

Flavors Unlimited 16450 Main St., Guerneville

Frankie's 44951 Ukiah St., Mendocino

Guanatos Ice Cream Various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area

Gunther's Ice Cream Shop 2801 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento

Humphry Slocombe Various locations in San Francisco and Oakland, plus grocery stores around the West

Ici Ice Cream Multiple locations in Berkeley

JD Redhouse & Company 212 S Main St., Willits

JoMa's Artisan Ice Cream 386 Main St, Murphys

La Flor de Michoacan 1008 West Sacramento Ave., Ste. C, Chico

La Michoacana 18495 Sonoma Hwy., Boyes Hot Springs

Lappert's Ice Cream Various locations

Leatherby's Family Creamery Various locations in Sacramento

Living the Dream Ice Cream 1 F St., Bayfront 1 Complex, Eureka

Lottie's Creamery 1414 North Main St., Walnut Creek

Lush Gelato Various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area

Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream San Francisco and San Jose

Marianne's Ice Cream 1020 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

Mission Hill Creamery 1101 Pacific Ave., Ste. B, Santa Cruz

Mitchell's Ice Cream 688 San Jose Ave., San Francisco

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous 699 22nd St., San Francisco

Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery 20145 CA-88, Pine Grove

Nimble & Finn's 16290 Main St., Guerneville

Noble Folk 116 Matheson St., Healdsburg

The Penny Ice Creamery 913 Cedar St., Santa Cruz

Polly Ann Ice Cream 3138 Noriega St., San Francisco

Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream 3946 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

Scoop Microcreamery 203 University Ave., Palo Alto

Screamin' Mimi's 6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol

ShakeDown 835 Geary St., San Francisco

Shuffle's Magical Ice Cream Shoppe 123 4th St., Santa Rosa

Silbermann's Ice Cream 196 Northgate One, San Rafael

Smitten Ice Cream Various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles

Superior Dairy Products Company 325 N Douty St., Hanford (559) 582-0481

Sweet Scoops 408 1st St. E., Sonoma

Sweet Orchid 34460 Fremont Blvd., Ste. D, Fremont

Tara's Organic Ice Cream Various locations in Oakland and Berkeley

Taylor's Corner 3636 Taylor Rd., Loomis

Tin Pot Creamery Various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area

Treats 210 York St., Nevada City

Tucker's Super Creamed Ice Cream 1349 Park St., Alameda

Idaho

CloverLeaf Creamery 205 Broadway Ave. S, Buhl

Delsa's 7923 W Ustick Rd, Boise

Harrison Creamery & Fudge Factory 206 South Coeur D’Alene Ave., Harrison

The Stil, 786 W Broad St, Boise

Westside Drive In Various locations in Boise

Nevada

IceCycle Creamery Various locations in Reno

Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge 2985 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas

Oregon

Bontà Various locations and local grocery stores

BJ's Ice Cream Parlor 2930 Hwy. 101, Florence

Buttercup Ice Cream & Chowders 35915 N. Hwy. 101, Nehalem

Cool Moon Ice Cream 1105 NW Johnson St., Portland

Eastwind Drive-In 395 NW WaNaPa St., Cascade Locks

Frite & Scoop 175 14th St., Ste. 150, Astoria

Hought's 24 Flavors 602 Adams Ave., La Grande

K&R Drive Inn 201 John Long Rd., Oakland

The Portland Ice Cream Company 1210 N. Killingsworth St., Portland

Prince Puckler's Gourmet Ice Cream 1605 E. 19th Eugene

Ruby Jewel Various locations in Portland

Salt & Straw Various locations in Portland

Scoop Various locations in Portland

Sea Star Gelato 8 N. Columbia St., Seaside

Seven Feathers Casino Resort Kabi Café 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln., Canyonville

Sherm's Thunderbird Market Various locations

Tillamook Cheese Factory 4175 Hwy. 101 North, Tillamook

Zinger's Homemade Ice Cream 210 Broadway, Seaside

Zoey's Café & All Natural Ice Cream 199 E. Main St., Ashland

Arizona

Churn 5223 N. Central Ave.

Fatty Daddy's 1608 N Miller Rd, Ste 5, Scottsdale

MacAlpine's Diner and Soda Fountain 2303 N. 7th St,. Phoenix

Nami 2014 north 7th Street, Phoenix

Sweet Republic Various locations around the Phoenix area

Udder Delights 1385 E Warner Rd., Gilbert

Utah

Dolcetti Gelato 902 E. 900 S., Salt Lake City

Farr Better Ice Cream 274 21st St, Ogden

Java Cow Cafe and Bakery 402 Main St., Park City

Leatherby's Family Creamery Various locations

Rockwell Ice Cream Co. 43 N University Ave, Provo

Spin Cafe 220 N. Main St., Heber City

For the top picks for zany flavors, check out Outrageous Ice Cream Flavors.

This article was first published in December 2015 and updated in July 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.