The scoop on indie joints with frozen treats

Soft-serve, shakes and snoballs worth melting for.

Posted by Meaghan Habuda on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

La Unica Michoacana's lime "ice cream." - BRIAN RIES
  • Brian Ries
  • La Unica Michoacana's lime "ice cream."

You can get chain-made, marble slab-mixed ice cream anywhere, and these sweeteries provide more than just scoops. Mom and pop-run, here's a list of some locally loved shops that serve up frozen treats.

Amish Creamery Company For nearly eight years, owner Clint Herlein has been offering ice screamers 58 homemade flavors, 32 of them hand-dipped. Various cups, pints and half-gallon tubs may also be purchased as well as an assortment of other Amish goods. 200 150th Ave. #A, Madeira Beach, 727-397-8222, amishcreamery.com.

Beach Snoballs Shaved ice, N’awlins style, with more than 60 flavors to choose from. Stuff ice cream in your snoball, whose ice is much finer than a snow cone’s, or splash it with sour spray. If treat-seekers are smart, as CL has written in the past, they’ll add sweetened condensed milk to their snoballs. Sometimes, the family-run shop even tops its offerings with complimentary gummy worms. 10927 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 727-379-2653, beachsnoballs.com.

Bo's Ice Cream An ice cream staple for Tampanians since 1954. There’s walk-up and drive-through windows for ordering traditional soft-serve, sundaes, upside-down banana splits and more. Great for sharing stories and sweets with friends, even pooches, outdoors. 7101 N. Florida Ave., Seminole Heights, 813-231-7190.

Britans Yogurt Mill Britans serves Only 8-brand froyo, which contains 8 calories and 2 carbs per ounce, with flavors that rotate every three days, as well as Florida-made Working Cow ice cream. Originally launched as a yogurt shop in 1991, Britans’ also carries British and South African specialty items and holds a four-hour afternoon tea daily. 3861 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, 813-968-5373, britansyogurtmill.com.

Campbell's Dairyland Splits, dips, shakes and way more frozen dairy fare. Family-run and adored by locals, the old-timey restaurant reopened after the former building, Dairy Isle, burnt down in 2002. Chili dogs, fries and other dishes round off Campbell’s offerings. 200 S. Parsons Ave., Brandon, 813-685-1189.

The Candy Kitchen With a restroom covered in nostalgic candy wrappers, this beachside confectionary is sweet-tooth heaven. The shop is frequented by Bay area residents and visitors who have longed for its homemade fudge, ice cream and rare candy varieties for more than 60 years. 13711 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 727-392-6803.

Cassis American Brasserie Skip the restaurant this time around and head to Cassis’ bakery next door. From ice cream to sorbet to gelato, this bakery’s homemade frozen fare ranges from refreshing to decadent. Nab a table outside and people-watch along Beach Drive. 170 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-827-2927, cassisab.com.

Coquina Key Creamery This ice cream parlor sits next to St. Petersburg’s Munch’s, serving up 27 types of soft-serve and hurricanes, waffle cones, dips, snoballs and more. Don’t miss out on a Chicago-style dog either. 3922 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-331-1535.

Dairy Inn Opened in 1947 and housed between 12th and 13th avenues in St. Pete, it’s hard to miss this quaint outdoor shack while driving. There’s a good amount of seating, and Dairy Inn offers many creamy delights, including classic egg creams, as well as wings and sandwiches galore. If you’re ever having a strange hankering for beignets, this place has got ‘em. 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-822-6971, dairyinn.com.

Dairy Joy A popular South Tampa haunt that’s no frills and cash only. The two things this shop boasts are low prices and generously sized homemade scoops. 3813 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 813-839-5485.

Dairy Kurl This old-fashioned ice cream stand, with red-and-white-striped walls, mirrors a candy cane in the best way. Visit if you’re into soft-serve that’s swirled, sprinkled, sauced or dipped, locals say. 1555 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 727-446-1549.

The Dog House and More A groovy restaurant-on-wheels with a tropical, straw-laden exterior. The Dog House provides hearty offerings of proteins between two buns, such as hot dogs and barbecue pulled pork, along with Working Cow ice cream for cones or malts, sweet potato fries and more. Diners eat picnic table-style under an awning. 204 W. Shell Point Road, Ruskin, 813-419-4325.

Everything Dolce This dessert bar offers gelato, ice cream (Brownie Volcano, anyone?) and mixed berry sorbet. Have a scoop, or two, while enjoying live music in the evenings Tuesday through Saturday. 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-895-4495, everythingdolce.com.

Fritzee Freeze Its menu has stayed relatively consistent despite a few changes in owners. Working Cow hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream, with burgers, fries, salads and more. 389 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, 727-736-3008.

Gelateria del Duomo This gelato shop at International Plaza opened about 10 years ago. Duomo imports natural ingredients from Italy to concoct its artisan treats. Chocolate hazelnut, pistachio and whiskey cream are among its 40 gelato flavors. The shop also carries liquor or regular sorbets, Italian cakes and fresh espresso. 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-877-7771, duomogelato.com.

La Unica Michoacana Offering water-based "ice creams," such as banana, and milk-based ice creams, like cookies and cream, La Unica makes everything in-house. Refreshing chunks of fruit are frozen into the popsicles, which are individually wrapped and stocked in freezers along one side of the shop. Fruit-flavored agua frescas, tostadas and other Mexican fare are available, too. 2800 N. MacDill Ave. #E, Tampa, 813-770-2184.

Mazzaro's Italian Market The gelato case is easy to pass inside this bustling Italian market, but it’s located in the bakery, a little past the coffee bar. CL’s Arielle Stevenson called the selection of chocolate, fresh fruit and other homemade flavors at Mazzaro’s “a sensory overload.” 2909 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-321-2400, mazzarosmarket.com.

Missing Links An ice cream parlor surrounded by miniature golf, batting cages and a driving range. Order hand-dipped, Working Cow ice creams, soft-serve combos or sundaes. 1201 East Bay Drive, Largo, 727-584-8088, missinglinksgolf.com.

Old Farmer's Creamery The old-timey barn building you may have encountered on Fourth Street in St. Pete. This family-owned creamy is a local favorite, serving a wide array of hard and soft ice cream, milkshakes and more. Cash only. 2531 4th St N, St Petersburg, 727-896-2827.

Paradise Sweets The ultimate sweets shop, conveniently housed on the beach. It’s stacked with vintage candy varieties, espresso, ice cream and shaved ice. This reporter suggests getting a waffle cone with toasted coconut ice cream, or your favorite flavor blended with espresso. 709 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach, 727-360-5830.

Revolution Ice Cream Co. Owned by Bill and Leslee Workman, Revolution is great place to grab ice cream in Brandon. ‘Nilla, Tagalong-coated, bacon-brittled and more, this shop has options for the purists and the nutter fudgers. 220 W. Brandon Blvd. #104, Brandon, 813-857-3250.

Shake Shop Don’t want ice cream dripping from a cone onto your arm? Look no further. Shake Shop has cup-filled offerings that are too good to pass up. Cash only. 11920 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.

Strachan's Homemade Ice Cream and Desserts Sundaes, cones and splits with three scoops, including a signature creation with frozen custard and strawberry, pineapple and chocolate toppings. Strachan's website calls its "Yummy Yummy Sauce" moan worthy. 310 Main St., Dunedin, 727-733-3603, strachansdesserts.com.

Super Scoops Family owned and operated, Super Scoops carries low-fat and sugar-free options in addition to its soft-serve, homemade ice cream, shakes, smoothies and more. 11025 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 727-360-6200, superscoops.net.

Sweet Divas Chocolates Diners oughta try this shop's frozen sweets while strolling St. Pete's Beach Drive. Homemade with fresh, local fruits and other ingredients, Sweet Divas ice cream, such as flavors like mango pistachio and green apple cinnamon, are low-fat yet rich. Lounge in its bistro-style cafe while indulging. 400 Beach Drive NE #181, St. Petersburg, 727-379-4567, sweetdivaschocolates.com.

The Sweet Spot This indie joint took over Fourth Street's former Cold Stone Creamery location. Choose from ice cream, smoothies, shaved ice, a coffee and espresso bar and way more. 1961 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-800-6966, ifoundthesweetspot.com.

Tanya & Matt's Ice Creamiest Cones, sundaes, floats, slushies — you name it! The shop provides endless flavor options, including passion fruit and pecan-caramel praline, as well as a Flavor of the Month. Dipped treats and fat- or sugar-free yogurts are also offered at Tanya & Matt's. The owners also have a froyo parlor on Linebaugh Avenue. 15742 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 813-963-2766, icecreamiest.com.

Uncle Andy's Ice Cream Parlor Located near the Don CeSar, hotel guests have a hard time resisting Uncle Andy's when their ice cream cravings kick in. Waffle cones, sprinkles, syrups and other fare to accompany your treat. 3400 Gulf Ave., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-1881.

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