Philadelphia, PA - National Ice Cream Day! Our heart melts for this occasion, happening this Sunday, July 15th. Whether Philadelphians are enjoying their ice cream plain, blended or with all the works, below are the best spots in town to chill out with the frozen treat.
- Bank & Bourbon - Warming temperatures calls for cooler desserts. In celebration of National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 15, Bank & Bourbon guests at Bank & Bourbon can enjoy the new Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich handmade by Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Kaewvichien. Filled between two pretzel cookies and topped with coconut macaroon and candied almonds, this dessert will make you melt.
- Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop has turned out the finest cheesesteaks for 70 years, but their milkshakes and sundaes are worth indulging to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. The classics include banana splits, sundaes, and ice cream sodas. As a special treat, Joe’s is serving its July anniversary milkshake, Why I Love Philly, which features a custom ice cream flavor from Little Baby’s Ice Cream and topped with Peanut Chews, Tastykakes and a soft pretzel ($7.40). Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop | 6030 Torresdale Ave. | 215-535-9405 | 1 W. Girard Ave. | 215-423-5637 | joessteaks.com
- Red Owl Tavern is sure to make your mouth water. The Independence Mall restaurant is serving its Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Sandwich, a blondie brownie with caramelized banana ice cream, dulce de leche ganache and salted caramel popcorn for $9. Sample this spin on the ice cream sandwich while taking in views of historic Old City. Red Owl Tavern | 433 Chestnut St. | 215-923-2267 | redowltavern.com
- Urban Farmer, modern American steakhouse located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, knows how to satisfy a sweet tooth. Two desserts sure to please ice cream lovers include the Butterscotch Sundae served with a warm brown butter blondie, toffee chip ice cream and praline ($12), and the seasonal Brown Butter Peach Tart, topped with rosemary caramel, crumble and burnt honey ice cream ($10). Urban Farmer | 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215-963-2788 | urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com
- Twisted Tail Southern-inspired food and beverages. Save room for dessert, as the juke joint serves house-made ice cream in an eclectic variety of flavors. This Sunday, opt for fresh pineapple ice cream or a dessert topped with an original flavor such as the Chocolate Tamale, served with spicy chocolate sauce, puff pastry, and popcorn ice cream. The Twisted Tail | 509 South 2nd St. | 215-558-2471 | thetwistedtail.com
- Square 1682 is serving the classic Italian Affogato. This dish includes espresso, vanilla gelato, and an amaretto cookie, make it a complete pairing with a shot of Amaro ($7). Other delicious bites include an Ice Cream Sandwich with Kyrah’s cookie and fresh ice cream ($10), and a Blueberry Cobbler served with streusel and vanilla gelato ($8). Square 1682 | 121 South 17th St. | 215-563-5008 | square1682.com
- Capofitto Pizzeria + Gelateria and Bluebird Distilling’s Sgroppino collaboration. Owner and Artisan, Steph Reitano is pairing up Bluebird Distilling's award-winning locally made craft spirits with her hyper-seasonal sorbet for $11. A Sgroppino is a slushy combination of sorbetto, spirits, and prosecco, making it a refreshingly cool and boozy beverage. Capofitto | 233 Chestnut St. | 215-897-9999 | capofittoforno.com
- Rex 1516, Philly’s go-to for elevated Southern cuisine, offers drool-worthy desserts that celebrate the best of the South. For the peanut butter and chocolate fans, the King’s Gateau boasts chocolate cake, peanut butter and milk chocolate frosting, peanut butter ice cream and banana powdered sugar ($9). For an Americana Apple Pie fix, Rex 1516 serves theirs with caramel apples, toasted pecan topping & one scoop of vanilla ice cream ($9). Rex 1516 | 1516 South St. | 267-319-1366 | rex1516.com