Food truck fanatics can get their ice cream fix at The Parlour, a Durham-based bus featuring handcrafted ice creams. But the business may not be mobile for long—owners Vanessa and Yoni Mazuz are looking to open a local brick-and-mortar store.
Summertime flavors are based on local, seasonal produce; Vanessa also recommends their new goat cheese and coriander flavor, which has a swirl of strawberry or blueberry.
At Local Yogurt, all their offerings are based on the store's original flavor, a slightly tart and creamy yogurt that co-owner Leah Bergman says matches well with summertime fruits and other toppings like chocolate, granola and cereals.
LoYo also makes batches of flavored yogurts, including blackberry, key lime sorbet, strawberry lemonade sorbet and Georgia peach. The company will continue making popular flavors, including peanut butter, throughout the summer, Bergman said.
2501 University Drive #8, Durham, 919-489-5900; 2816 Erwin Road, Durham, 919-382-7400; www.localyogurt.com. There is also a truck based in Durham, and stores in Elon and Greenville.
Maple View Farm
For its ice cream flavors, Maple View uses fresh and seasonal ingredients, in addition to a new line of frozen yogurts and an expanded sorbet menu, said general manager Allison Nichols-Clapper. "Some of our big summertime flavors are going to be banana pudding, blueberry and blackberry," she said.
Fans should also look forward to the company's Fourth of July red, white and blue banana split—vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice creams topped with blueberries, strawberries, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and sprinkles.
3109 Dairyland Road, Hillsborough, 919-933-3600, www.mapleviewfarm.com
At Dulce Café and Gelato, seven handmade gelato flavors are always in stock. Flavors also depend on customers' requests and seasonal availability of local produce, said co-owner Carlos Sierra. Some summertime flavors under consideration are piña colada and lime margarita. Regardless of season, Sierra recommends the salted caramel, his personal favorite.
5826 Fayetteville St. #106, Durham, 919-797-0497, www.dulcecafedurham.com
Ox & Rabbit Soda & Sundries
Bryan and Erin Nickellstage bring a blast from the past to Ninth Street with their old-fashioned soda fountain and retail store. The business recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, and continues to mix up old-fashioned sodas, floats, egg creams, milkshakes and malts, using dairy products from Maola, a milk company in New Bern.
To combat summer heat, Bryan recommends the Creamsicle milkshake or the raspberry lime float. He and Erin are also working on new specialties like a graham cracker milkshake.
732 Ninth St., Durham, 919-286-7850
Those craving gelato straight from the source—or at least as close as one can get without crossing the Atlantic—should try Sugarland. Owners Katrina and Doc Ryan are trained gelato maestros who use a machine imported from Italy. The fruit-flavored selections are fat-free and vegan, except for banana and coconut. Other flavors, like chocolate and salted caramel, are milk-based.
Adults can kick back with a frozen martini. Sugarland's fruit gelatos, which are 75 percent fresh fruit by weight, are an ideal base for mixed drinks.
2301 Cameron St., Raleigh, 919-835-2100; 140 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 919-929-2100; www.sugarlandchapelhill.com
Don's Classic Ices
Owner Don Mazzia's sole ingredient is fruit. For hot summer months, Mazzia has a few recommendations. Lilikoi—a Hawaiian passion fruit flavor—in addition to classic lemon, mango and grapefruit.
La Vita Dolce
Staycationing Triangle residents can sample international flavor at Chapel Hill's La Vita Dolce, a cafe featuring gelatos and sorbets, which are homemade daily with flavorings imported from Italy.
Owner Sandy Dole recommends the peanut butter cup and coffee flavors. With at least 18 flavors to choose from daily, the best selection depends on your mood, she said.
610 Market St., Chapel Hill, 919-968-1635, www.lavitadolcecafe.com
Locopops owner Summer Bicknell's popsicles are "nostalgia on a stick." Currently, she's working on creating a "purple cow" flavored popsicle, inspired by a childhood favorite—a grape soda ice cream float. "We like to have things that are kid-friendly but also more exotic things that adults might want," she said.
Bicknell likes to use lots of watermelon and cucumber in the summer. These ingredients create a dependable base, but also allow for experimentation, she explained. "It's always fun to use something traditionally thought of as a vegetable as a dessert," she said. "Cucumber is very cooling. We've done cucumber ginger, a watermelon cucumber and cucumber with chili and lemon."
2604A Hillsborough Road, Durham; 231 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill; 1908 Hillsborough St., Raleigh; 919-286-3500; www.ilovelocopops.com
Person Street Pharmacy
Person Street Pharmacy owner Mike James is proud to say that he doesn't embrace change—at least when it comes to the soda fountain and grill portion of his store. The pharmacy has been in Raleigh since 1910, and has always had an old-fashioned soda fountain. Customers can choose from a variety of milkshake flavors or opt for hand dipped ice cream, but Person Street doesn't deviate far from chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. "It's important that we keep the soda fountain as it was intended to be," James said. The store also offers classics like grilled cheese, hotdogs and hamburgers.
"A lot of people grew up with soda fountains in their pharmacies in their town, so we have a lot of people who come here for nostalgia," James said.
702 N. Person St., Raleigh, 919-832-6432, www.personstreetrx.com
On a pleasant day, sitting outside at a picnic table at Raleigh's Fresh can hit the spot. Fresh gets their ice cream base from Maple View Farms but produces their own unique flavors. Owner Brett Hillman recommends the cookies and cream, banana pudding and New York strawberry cheesecake. For canines, a "dog bone sundae" is on the menu: vanilla ice cream with a dog treat.
6033 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 919-785-5030, www.freshlocalicecream.com
S&T Soda Shoppe
Their malts are so thick you have to eat them with a trowel. Enjoy sundaes, cones, burgers and more at this old-fashioned counter in downtown Pittsboro.
85 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, 919-545-0007, www.pittsboronc.net/sandtsodashoppe.html
This worldwide chain of yogurt shops has several outlets in the Triangle. For the lactose-averse, it serves soy yogurt.
Maggie Spini is a summer intern at the Independent Weekly.
This article appeared in print with the headline "Frozen zones."