This shop offers cleverly concocted flavors like The Munchies, a sweet-salty bonanza of pretzel-infused ice cream with Ritz Crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&M’s. Other standouts include It Came From Gowanus (a salted chocolate flavor with chunks of brownies and hazelnut cookies) and Salute (a blueberry limoncello sorbet that is the perfect hybrid of an after-dinner drink and a dessert).
This spot is known for its dense, almost butterlike ice cream and innovative flavors like Strawberry Balsamic with Black Pepper (which is loaded with freshly roasted strawberries, balsamic vinegar and black pepper). At the Portland storefronts, Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon is an always-available classic, made from single-origin Indonesian Sumatra coffee and Eastside Distillery Burnside Bourbon.
Head to one of Graeter’s locales to indulge in a scoop still made the old-fashioned way — using a French Pot Freezer. A standout flavor is the black raspberry chocolate chip. This decadent option features a custard-like base drizzled with fresh black raspberry puree and bittersweet dark chocolate.
Fentons has been making ice cream by hand and generously scooping it out for sundaes, floats — you name it — for more than 100 years. Duff says the "crazy-good" winner is the Banana Special, which features 3 pounds of dense ice cream finished with pineapple, strawberry and chocolate sauce.