OKG Eat: Ice cream scream 

No matter how sophisticated your taste buds are, nothing brings out the kid in you like ice cream. There are a bevy of metro places to get your sweet tooth satisfied, including places that specialize in gelato, Italian ice cream that’s made with milk rather than cream. Whether you crave the flavor of the week or are devoted to the classics, these local places have the scoop for you.

click to enlarge Kaiser's manager Arielle Gilliam with a special of the day, Red Velvet Cake double dip waffle cone (Shannon Cornman)
  • Shannon Cornman
  • Kaiser's manager Arielle Gilliam with a special of the day, Red Velvet Cake double dip waffle cone./Photo/Shannon Cornman

Kaiser’s American Bistro

1039 N. Walker Ave. kaisersbistro.com 232-7632

The soda fountain at Kaiser’s American Bistro wasn’t created to look authentic.

It is authentic — Kaiser’s Ice Cream opened in 1918 looking out over a bustling Midtown. While the interior is charmingly nostalgic, the reason to stop by is the ice cream. It’s made fresh in-house, and there are six flavors to choose from. You can even get your scoops in a homemade waffle cone. If you’d prefer to sip your indulgence, Kaiser’s also offers homemade shakes and malts.

click to enlarge A handmade ice cream sundae at Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Store (Shannon Cornman)
  • Shannon Cornman
  • A handmade ice cream sundae at Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Store

Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store

Multiple metro locations braums.com 528-3006

Sometimes we forget that Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores have always been local. Who can resist the perfect banana split? It’s made while you wait, with three scoops of any flavor, hot fudge and fresh whipped cream. If you’re thinking of branching out, Braum’s just added three new sundaes — including the colorful Birthday Cake Sundae with pound cake, the electric blue birthday cake ice cream and marshmallow topping — to its already-impressive repertoire.

click to enlarge Marscapone Gelato at Il Dolce Gelato Mark Hancock)
  • Marscapone gelato at Il Dolce Gelato Mark Hancock)

Il Dolce Gelato

937 SW 25th St., Moore ildolcegelato.com 794-7266

Since 2007, owners Sommer and Neil Buss have served up thousands of scoops and even more smiles. With hundreds

of flavors made in small batches, there is sure to be something for even the most fickle taste buds. There are classic flavors like stracciatella (that’s like chocolate chip) and unique combinations like strawberry balsamic. There are also exactly four variations involving the words “peanut butter.” No, they won’t let you live there. We checked.

click to enlarge Aravalli offers a daily variety of handmade gelato flavors (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Aravalli offers a daily variety of handmade gelato flavors

Aravalli

Devon Tower 333 W. Sheridan Ave. cafearavalli.com 228-8386

This little coffee shop nestled in the Devon Tower has a lot to offer, from freshly made pastries and breads to mouthwatering gelato. The gelato is made daily in small batches, so when a flavor is gone, it’s gone. But there is sure to be more than one that moves you, including the cheesecake and the salted caramel. We suggest you try them all.

click to enlarge A taste of Italy in Edmond at Roma's Gelato (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • A taste of Italy in Edmond at Roma's Gelato

Roma’s Gelato

301 S. Bryant Ave., Suite 130, Edmond romasgelato.com 708-6111

For an authentic Italian experience, look no farther than Edmond. Located by the University of Central Oklahoma, Roma’s Gelato offers a daily variety of fresh gelato and (dairy-free) sorbet, including tiramisu and pistachio. New flavors are added all the time. Be sure to check out the selection of gelato popsicles or the affogato al caffe, sweet gelato swimming in a cup of steamy espresso.

click to enlarge Sooner Dairy Lunch's classic butterscotch milkshake (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Sooner Dairy Lunch's classic butterscotch milkshake

Sooner Dairy Lunch

1820 W. Main St., Norman 321-8526

Cruising Main Street in Norman, you might overlook the red-and-white-striped drive-in with the classic sign, and that would be a shame. Sooner Dairy Lunch has served Oklahoma since 1954 and has some of the best burgers and fries in the business. The real shame, however, would be missing out on one of the traditional milkshakes, which are handmade with thick, rich ice cream. Our favorite flavor is butterscotch. It’s just the thing to cool you off on a hot August afternoon.

click to enlarge Blood Orange Sorbetto at Bricktown Candy Co. Mark Hancock)
  • Blood Orange Sorbetto at Bricktown Candy Co. Mark Hancock)

Bricktown Candy Co.

100 E. California Ave., Suite 100 bricktowncandy.com 600-9009

With a dazzling assortment of candies and soda pops, Bricktown Candy Co. is heaven for your sweet tooth. There’s even a wall of mix-and-match bulk candy. There are 24 daily choices of gelato (the store makes 60 varieties, and the menu rotates), including classic flavors and not-so classic flavors like bubblegum or maple bacon. If you can’t make up your mind, try a sample or two. Also, the company makes its own root beer, Triple AAA, named for an Oklahoma City favorite from the past.

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