Dallas has never had a great tradition with ice cream. Shaved ice, yes, but ice cream, not so much. But that was in the past.
Dallas has started to see more ice cream places opening in the past year — including standout spots Betty Ringer Ice Cream, the artisanal ice cream shop at Sylvan Thirty, and Botolino Gelato Artigianale, the gelato place on Greenville Avenue.
However, for sheer volume, nothing beats summer 2018, which is emerging as Ice Cream Summer, with all sorts of frozen dessert spots either recently opened or opening soon.
Here's the list:
Popbar, known for its gelato-on-a-stick and other frozen treats, will open a location in June at 2420 Victory Park Ln. Their popsicle options include gelato, sorbetto, and frozen yogurt, with a menu of 40+ rotating flavors, along with dippings and toppings, which allow for customizable flavor combinations.
Azucar Ice Cream Company is huge news in the ice cream world (which CultureMap broke in April, NBD, it's what we do). This artisanal shop from Miami's Little Havana will open an outpost in the Bishop Arts District, where it will spin out its line of iconic Cuban and tropical flavors such as flan, plátano maduro, and passionfruit. Its signature flavor is the trademarked Abuela Maria, classic vanilla ice cream with guava, chunks of cream cheese, and Maria cookies. The shop will reside at 269 N. Bishop Ave., and is on track to open by the end of June, which is also breaking news.
Creamistry, the California-based ice cream chain that uses liquid nitrogen, is enveloping Dallas-Fort Worth with high-tech ice cream, with five locations in the works. The chain makes its ice cream with liquid nitrogen, a super-cold freezing process allows the vendor to make ice cream to order, which is a growing trend. (Creamistry stands for cream + chemistry.) The smoke that accompanies liquid nitrogen also puts on a good show. They opened their first DFW location in Addison in December, followed by Fort Worth and Las Colinas in May, and Lower Greenville in June. Still to come: The Colony.
Twisted Treats is a new dessert shop in Deep Ellum, next door to Oni Ramen, that is offering nearly all of 2018's trendy favorites. You name the trendy dessert item, and Twisted Treats is on it: cookie dough, soft-serve ice cream, popsicles, and milkshakes. Growing is part of their game plan. In fact, they already have another location nailed down in The Colony, by TopGolf off SH121, which they anticipate will open in about five weeks.
FrostBite Creamery is a new dessert shop open at 3607 Greenville Ave. doing the increasingly common rolled ice cream, where a liquid is poured onto a frozen slab, scooped up into rolls, and sprinkled with fruit and other toppings. It's located across from the Granada Theater in what used to be a daiquiri-to-go spot but in a space better known as the one-time Cafe Izmir to-go mart.
Frios Gourmet Pops is an Alabama chain featuring frozen pops made daily in unique fruit- or cream-based flavors that just opened a location north of Dallas in Allen, at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farms. Frios was founded in 2013 as a single push cart in downtown Gadsden, Alabama. Today, the company makes tens of thousands of gourmet pops a day for stores across the United States.
BingBox Snow Cream Co. is a unique shaved-ice concept from New York opening at Trinity Groves in mid-June. BingBox launched in New York City two years ago, where it debuted "Korean bingsu," a light-as-air version of shaved ice with soft, powder-like flakes. This differs from New Orleans snoballs and Hawaiian shave ice, which are flavored with syrups, and also from Taiwanese baobing, which has more of a feathery, ribbon-like shape. Each spoonful of bingsu feels like just-fallen snow.
The Gelato Cone is a new ice cream shop dedicated to the fine art of Italian-style gelato, opening in North Dallas from a long-standing family company founded in Europe in 1956. The original location opened in Allen in 2017. Now a second location will open in July in Dallas at the northeast corner of Preston and Frankford roads, in a former home store at 18208 Preston Rd.