ROUND-UP: Local Ice Cream Parlors

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Beat the heat with a frozen treat at one of our favorite spots around town!

Summer’s in full swing, and kids love ice cream and other frozen goodies?! Here’s a collection of our favorite specialty spots for cool goodness on hot days around Middle Tennessee.

DAVIDSON COUNTY/GREATER NASHVILLE

Ben & Jerry’s
416-A 21st Ave. S., Ste. A, Nashville
615-321-2478
Have your Ben & Jerry’s the way it was intended — scooped fresh right in front of you! New flavors include Truffle Kerfluffle, Frozen Flakes, Bob Marley’s One Love and Chocolate Cherry Garcia.

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
5301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
615-463-8088
Since 1951, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip has been a West Nashville favorite. The building maintains its nostalgic feel, and it’s the best place in town for a classic soft-serve dip cone. Specialty shakes are a hit.

Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place, Nashville
615-327-1090
Step into this retro classic soda shop — it’s been in town since 1939 — on a hot day to sit at the counter for an old-fashioned banana split or a signature malt (try the butterscotch). The Dreamsicle Shake (orange sherbet, orange juice and vanilla ice cream) is a tried-and-true favorite.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
1892 Eastland Ave., East Nashville
615-262-8611
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2312 12th Ave. S., Nashville
615-292-7794
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900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville
615-928-8028
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1819 21st Ave. S., Nashville
615-292-8636
Impeccable, friendly service and a hip atmosphere make eating the smoothest ice cream found anywhere all the more fun. No synthetic ingredients here; the all-natural, buttercream-based frozen treats include ice cream and sorbets.

La Michuacana Premium
3763 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
615-416-9409
This Mexican shop features paletas, ice cream and sorbet in every flavor you can imagine … and then some!

Las Paletas
2911 12th Ave. S., Nashville
615-386-2101
This gem in the 12th South District offers a variety of Mexican popsicles made on site with fresh ingredients including fruits, herbs, nuts, veggies and more. The line moves fast here even on a crowded day.

Legato Gelato
1200 Villa Place #113, Nashville
615-530-3190 
Choose from 36 featured Italian ice cream flavors like Snickerdoodle, Grape, Watermelon, Graham Cracker and more.

Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s
2817 West End Ave., Nashville
615-329-8020
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533 Opry Mills Drive, Lebanon
615-649-0843
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155 Legends Drive, Ste. E, Lebanon
615-630-9898

It’s the ultimate mash-up watching your favorite ice cream getting blended together with your favorite mix-ins on the marble slab right before your eyes!

Mike’s Ice Cream
208 Broadway, Nashville
615-742-6453 
Pop into this shop in the heart of Lower Broadway for handmade ice cream, fro-yo, ice-cream sodas and smoothies. Mom and Dad will like the frozen espresso and cappuccino drinks, too.

Pied Piper Creamery
114 11th St., Nashville
615-227-4114
Pied Piper makes all it’s bold flavors on site — and there are more than 200 of ‘em! Twenty-four are available on any given day — 12 permanent flavors with 12 rotating ones. Trailer Trash is the signature — and most popular — choice. It’s vanilla ice cream chock full of Oreos, M&Ms, Snickers, Butterfinger, Twix, Nestle Crunch and Reese’s Pieces. Popular with kids is Smurfberry Crunch — a tart blue raspberry sorbet infused with Nerds candy. Heat seekers should try Some Like it Hot — chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and cayenne pepper (it’s bold and tasty!).

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen
310 Broadway, Nashville
615-313-9919
Head straight to the back of the shop to the ice cream counter boasting lots of traditional and unusual flavors. They also serve up gelato; the chocolate-hazelnut is a hit!

The Soda Parlor
966 Woodland St., Nashville
615-678-7235
East Nashville’s go-to place for cool ice cream sodas, sundaes and other treats.

Sweet CeCe’s
4225 Harding Pike, Ste. 103, Nashville
615-383-1711
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433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-649-0434
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5545 Edmondson Pike, Nashville
615-457-1925
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224 W. Main St., Ste. F, Lebanon
615-784-4567
Kids love building their own creations at this beloved fro-yo parlor where you pay by the weight of your creation. Myriad toppings include fresh fruit, candy, cereal, nuts and syrups. Locations opening soon in Hermitage and Mt. Juliet.

Yogurt Mountain
5225 Old Hickory Blvd., Hermitage
615-871-7070
This self-service fro-yo shop features rotating flavors and more than 50 toppings. Kids go for flavors like Blue Cotton Candy, Candy Cane, Sour Green Apple and Sour Power Berry Blue.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

Fresko Pops & Eatery
132 St. Andrews. Drive, Murfreesboro
615-962-9494
The ‘Boro’s newest icy sweet spot scoops up ice cream that’s made in-house — Cookie Butter is the big hit here. Also popular: the tasty fresh fruit paletas (Mexican popsicles).

Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s
452 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro
615-217-2443

It’s the ultimate mash-up watching your favorite ice cream getting blended together with your favorite mix-ins on the marble slab right before your eyes!

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
440 Sam Ridley Pkwy., #120, Smyrna
615-984-4676
Select your fro-yo flavor then go to town adding toppings of your choice from fresh fruit to chopped nuts to assorted candies to breakfast cereal.

Rita’s Italian Ice
2018 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro
615-217-4849 
Smoother than a snow cone, refreshing flavors include Banana, Honeydew, Cherry, Raspberry and many more. Little ones are quick to go for unique flavors like Cotton Candy and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Rita’s also has six frozen custard flavors.

Sweet CeCe’s
2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 2380, Murfreesboro
615-849-1060
Kids love building their own creations at this beloved fro-yo parlor where you pay by the weight of your creation. Myriad toppings include fresh fruit, candy, cereal, nuts and syrups.

SUMNER COUNTY

Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s
200 N. Anderson Lane, Ste. 108, Hendersonville
615-824-4373

It’s the ultimate mash-up watching your favorite ice cream getting blended together with your favorite mix-ins on the marble slab right before your eyes!

Sweet CeCe’s
162 E. Main St., Hendersonville
615-265-8014
Kids love building their own creations at this beloved fro-yo parlor where you pay by the weight of your creation. Myriad toppings include fresh fruit, candy, cereal, nuts and syrups.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
10646 Concord Road, Brentwood
615-819-0378
A wide selection of ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice, sherbet and sorbet flavors. Try banana chocolate chip!

Cold Stone Creamery
782 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood
615-661-8876
Design your own creation that’s hand mixed on the giant granite slab. Popular options are Birthday Cake Remix and Strawberry Blonde — order your’s in a waffle bowl. Also try one of the shop’s tasty shakes, smoothies or frappes.

The Comfy Cow
7011 Executive Center Drive
Bldg. B, Ste. 105, Brentwood
615-645-5739
The Comfy Cow makes its flavors from scratch using regional ingredients. They’ve got the best chocolate malt in town, and there are 26 ice cream flavors on the menu — a handful of them change out monthly. The kid-favorite Cookie Monster Dough boasts big hunks of chocolate chip cookie dough combined with a cookie dough-based ice cream.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
211 Franklin Road, Ste. 100, Brentwood
615-964-7611

Jeni’s newest Middle Tennessee location just opened in Brentwood this summer! Enjoy ice cream and sorbets made from all-natural ingredients.

Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s
1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin
615-764-0570

It’s the ultimate mash-up watching your favorite ice cream getting blended together with your favorite mix-ins on the marble slab right before your eyes!

Nucci’s Gelato
600B Frazier Drive #100, Franklin
615-778-1542 
Nucci’s exquisite gelato is made from all-natural ingredients sourced from local dairies and fruit from local growers. Choose from a variety of flavors; Cookies & Cream’s the most popular with kids.

Rita’s Italian Ice
7171 Nolensville Pike, Nolensville
615-776-2100
Smoother than a snow cone, refreshing flavors include Banana, Honeydew, Cherry, Raspberry and many more. Little ones are quick to go for unique flavors like Cotton Candy and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Rita’s also has six frozen custard flavors.

Sweet CeCe’s
269 Franklin Road, Ste. 200, Brentwood
615-760-5599
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3020 Mallory Lane, Ste. 127, Franklin
615-472-8760
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500 W. Main St., Franklin
615-807-1412
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1005 Crossing Blvd., Spring Hill
931-489-6000
Kids love building their own creations at this beloved fro-yo parlor where you pay by the weight of your creation. Myriad toppings include fresh fruit, candy, cereal, nuts and syrups.

Whit’s Frozen Custard
4020 Hughes Crossing #100, Franklin
615-472-8774
Made fresh daily, Whit’s offers three flavors: vanilla, chocolate and the weekly special. Upcoming specialty flavors include Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Strawberry Vanilla Cookie, Lemon Drop and Caramel Pecan Pie.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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