Always room for ice cream

. March 20, 2013.

Nothing beats a cool treat on a hot summer day. Thankfully, Ann Arbor is rife with local spots that can cool you down and tempt your taste buds.
Here’s the scoop on where to find the area’s best ice cream and gelato.

107 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Mon-Wed 10am – 10pm;
Thurs-Sat 10am – 11pm; Sun noon – 10pm

Step back in time at Kilwin’s Ice
Cream Parlor with its hardwood
fl oors and quaint décor. It sits one
block up from Main Street next door
to Kilwin’s Chocolate Shoppe. Since
1996, Kilwin’s has served original
recipe ice cream made in Petoskey.
Twenty-eight of 60 flavors are rotated
and available, including the store’s
most popular flavors Toasted Coconut
and Ann Arbor Mud (chocolate
chunks and caramel swirls in vanilla).
They also offer sorbetto. We enjoyed
our scoops in waffl e cones made fresh
in the store’s front window.

Mickey’s Dairy Twist
751 W. Michigan Ave., Saline
Mon-Sat 11am – 10pm; Sun noon – 10pm

With its red and white signs, picnic
tables with brightly colored umbrellas,
and crowds standing at the
window placing an order, Mickey’s
Dairy Twist on Michigan Avenue in
Saline is hard to miss. It is reminiscent
of the ice cream stand you used to frequent
as a child. For the past 16 years
Mickey’s has offered soft serve, splits,
shakes, malts and kid-pleasing favorites
such as Trash Can Sundaes. Their
homemade hard ice cream is divine;
popular fl avors include Butter Pecan,
Mocha Dutch Almond, and Honey
Cinnamon Pecan (my personal favorite).
Open seasonally from March to October.

Stucchi’s of Dexter
7050 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd., Dexter
Mon-Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 8am-10pm

Stucchi’s (pronounced Stu-cheez)
has offered locally made premium
ice cream and gourmet frozen yogurt
at several locations since 1986. The
Dexter store, open since 2007, is family-
friendly with indoor seating, high
chairs, a chalk board for doodling, and
a sprinkle station to doctor up your
cone. Little kids will be satisfi ed with
a junior scoop (my 3-year-old chose
the popular Superman fl avor) while
big kids will devour the bigger medium
or large scoops (my 6-year old
gobbled up Blue Moon). With 47 fl avors,
including favorites such as Buffalo
Chip and Texas Tea, Stucchi’s
offers something for everyone.

Washtenaw Dairy
602 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor
Mon-Sun 5am – 10pm

There are no giant signs announcing
Washtenaw Dairy,
which sits on the corner of Madison
and Ashley. Inside and out,
Washtenaw Dairy is unpretentious
and friendly, like a good neighbor.
The crowds of people sitting outside
enjoying huge ice cream cones will
assure you that you are in the right
place. In operation since 1934, Washtenaw
Dairy offers over 30 fl avors of
Stroh’s ice cream in giant, affordable
cones. Popular flavors include Peanut
Butter Brownie Crunch and Michigan
Black Bear (raspberry sauce and chocolate
black raspberry cups in vanilla).
Just try to resist having one of their
delicious cake donuts, too.

Zingerman’s Creamery
Ste 2, 3723 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm

Fresh, dense, and smooth describes
the gelato at Zingerman’s
Creamery. Made with milk, not
cream, gelato is available daily, rotating
7 of the 15 flavors made fresh
on the premises. (You can also enjoy
gelato at Zingerman’s Detroit
Street location, but—gasp!—it may
be a day old.) Their most popular
fl avor, dark chocolate, tastes like a
delicious cold chocolate bar. Servings
are deceptively small; the fl avor
is intense and a little goes a
long way. Located in an industrial
park, the Creamery’s mainstay is
cheese, which you might smell
while ordering. Seating is available
just outside, though, so the only
thing lingering on your mind and
your tongue will be your luscious

Katy M. Clark is a freelance writer who lives in Saline. Contact her c/o