After a hot softball game or late summer night, what better way to cool off than with a homemade ice cream sundae? Local ice cream spots have finally flung open their doors (or walk-up windows) for the summer months.
Be a kid again at these neighborhood ice cream stands
By Amy SchoenfeldMetromix
May 7, 2009
Putz’s has a rich tradition on the West Side of Cincinnati, as the family-owned business has been around since 1938. The walk-up ice-cream joint is located in an out-of-the-way spot near I-74 and Montana Avenue. But families flock to Putz’s every summer because of their creamy ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and more. The stand also serves burgers, hot dogs and coneys.
Drive by Zip Dip during the hot summer months and it's a guarantee the popular ice cream stand will be populated with Little Leaguers after a game, neighbors licking soft serve ice cream and friends sharing a laugh over a sundae. Zip Dip is a tradition in these parts and is especially popular at night after the summer games end. Besides ice cream, Zip Dip also has hamburgers, cheese coneys, soft pretzels and foot long hot dogs.
Kellers Cone Zone (formerly known as Tummy Treats) is a walk-up ice cream stand popular with Cheviot residents. Order one of their fantastic milkshakes or sundaes and have a seat in the shade. They also have a speedy service drive-thru.
If you've never tried the tangy frozen yogurt of Yagoot, well, you're missing out on this addictive treat. This 99-percent fat-free snack is topped with your choice of fruit (like kiwi and raspberry), chocolate, nuts or even cereal (like Cap'n Crunch or Fruity Pebbles). Pick from original, coffee, or their rotating seasonal flavor (right now it's strawberry). Get it to go, or sit inside the funky, modern parlor with bright lights and neon green plastic stools. Follow them on Twitter: @yagoot
The family-owned Li'l Goodie Shoppe has any kind of ice cream concoction and flavor you can imagine, from big sundaes to malts to flurries. They also serve non-fat yogurt and homemade sherbet. They have a very popular drive-thru, but you can also walk right up to the windows and eat your treat on the shaded picnic tables.
This is one of the top ice cream places in town; some even say it's the best. More of an old-fashioned ice cream "parlor,” a menu is brought to your table and you are served there. Opened in 1913, the Oakley location has marble-top counters imported from Italy and a traditional soda fountain with stools. Aglamesis specializes in handpacked ice cream and gourmet chocolates. Oh, Aglamesis also serves an assortment of sandwiches. But that's not why you really go there, is it?
Look for the big vanilla cone on Tylersville Road – you can’t miss it. The Cone is a West Chester fave for its soft serve, old fashioned shakes, sodas and floats, plus ice cream cakes. Forget brain freeze: Just deciding from their menu of sundae and parfait varieties will make your head spin.