Ice cream is one of those foods that's synonymous with summer, although it's pretty wonderful at any time of year! On a hot day, there's not much better than getting a big scoop of your favorite ice cream on a waffle cone. To help you find that summer joy, we've put together this guide to our favorite ice cream scoop shops in Marin County (and we've thrown in a couple of our Sonoma County favorites that are worth the trip, too).
With summer almost here, it’s time to think about ice cream! And to make yourself feel a little bit better about eating this rich treat, why not indulge in some locally made organic ice cream? There's nothing quite like freshly made ice cream with local organic ingredients, and we have three favorite spots in Marin where you can satisfy your organic ice cream urge this summer (or at any time of year).
This small ice cream shop at 63 Broadway in downtown Fairfax offers a rotating selection of innovative organic ice cream flavors like vanilla honey lavender, toasted hazelnut, Mexican chocolate, and controlled burn (cinnamon with crystallized ginger and red chile!), as well old favorites like strawberry and chocolate.
I've had several people tell me how great Screamin' Mimi's Ice Cream in Sebastopol is, so when we were in the area picking apples a couple weeks ago, I knew we just had to stop by and give it a try. Right on the corner of Sebastopol and Petaluma Avenues in downtown Sebastopol, Screamin' Mimi's has been scooping out servings of homemade ice cream since 1995.
Screamin' Mimi's offers a rotating selection of over 300 different flavors, depending on what's in season. Old standbys like chocolate, pistachio, and vanilla share space on the "Today's Flavors" chalkboard with more unusual offerings including lavendar, caramel apple, and ginger. There's also a selection of sorbets in case you're in the mood for something non-dairy. Ice cream is made from natural local ingredients wherever possible.
Ice cream here is sold by weight, and is dished up in a variety of different kinds of cones (try the amazing house-made waffle cone) and the super fun double cone that was my son's favorite (see picture). They also offer sundaes, shakes, floats, and coffee drinks. Service is friendly and efficient and the atmosphere is colorful and relaxed and encourages lingering over your ice cream cones. The ice cream, needless to say, was absolutely fantastic. I had the pistachio and I have to say that it was the best ice cream I've ever had.