Kid Friendly Restaurants Ice Cream Shops in Southeast Michigan: Best Independent Scoops I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! In summer 2016, snag a scoop from some of the best ice cream shops in southeast Michigan. « Previous Next » Metro Parent Editorial • June 3, 2016 1 Comment Tweet On sweltering summer days, sometimes a scoop (or two) can really hit the spot. So, if you are in need of a tasty treat, or something to just cool you off, head to one of these awesome ice cream shops nearby. With numerous ice cream parlors scattered around southeast Michigan, there’s bound to be a perfect flavor for you. From old fashioned ice cream and custard, to liquid nitrogen ice cream and gelato, the options are endless! So have a scoop, a shake, or a freeze at one of these local ice cream shops in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream Parlor Address: 46540 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township Phone: 586-991-0106 Hours: 2-9 p.m. daily With about 75 flavors in-store – including Majestic Milky Way, Play Dough, and Ultimate Peanut Butter Brownie – this shop offers a wide variety. Blank Slate Creamery Address: 300 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-922-5383 Hours: 3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday One of the newer ice cream shops in town, this one has 29 flavors – including Raspberry Sorbet, Coffee and Blueberry Pancake. Browndog Creamery Address: 118 E. Main St., Northville Phone: 248-615-2955 Hours: noon-9 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday- Saturday Enjoy delectable frozen desserts with Michigan-made dairy, including small batches of ice cream with flavors that regularly change, handcrafted cookies, cheesecake, ice cream cakes, pints to-go and Michigan-made beverages. Calder’s Dairy Store & Ice Cream Parlor Address: 1020 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park Phone: 313-381-8858 Hours: store: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; parlor: 1-8 p.m. daily (closes Oct. 30) Try a real, fresh-from-the-farm experience. Made with milk from on-site cows, each batch is crafted by hand at Calder’s farm in Carleton and served here. Bloo Moo and Fudge Swirl are just two of its 34 flavors. Chocolate Bar Cafe Address: 20737 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods Phone: 313-881-2888 Hours: summer: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-12 p.m. Sunday; fall: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. -10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday With retro 1950s-style decor, this parlor serves French Alinosi ice cream in the sundae of your choice. Flavors include Butter Pecan, Maple Walnut, Chocolate Indulgence, Pumpkin and Cinnamon. Clark’s Ice Cream & Yogurt Address: 3312 12 Mile Road, Berkley Phone: 248-541-6560 Hours: summer: 1-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday; fall and spring: 3-9:30 p.m. daily; winter: 3-9 p.m. daily With 60-plus flavors of yogurt and ice cream, the possibilities are rich when it comes to picking your cone, sundae, banana split, malt or shake. Cook’s Farm Dairy Address: 2950 Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville Phone: 248-627-3329 Hours: off season: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday; summer: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday Visit the last remaining dairy in Oakland County, where creamy choices like Cow Pie, Raspberry Chocolate Torte and Coconut Almond Fudge await you. Crooked Creek Farm Dairy Address: 75960 Brown Road, Romeo Phone: 586-752-6095 Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Owners Greg and Dory Hill raise steroid- and growth hormone-free Holstein cows to produce creamy milk for 16 different delicious flavors of ice cream at this dairy farm – including Bear Claw, Muddy Cow Tracks and Butter Toffee Crunch. Custard Hut Address: 25947 W. Warren St., Dearborn Heights Phone: 313-278-5577 Hours: 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday This local custard and ice cream shop has been a Dearborn Heights staple for years. Today, they are known for their famous hot waffle sandwich! Dairy-Go-Round Address: 1226 S. Main St., Plymouth Phone: 734-455-9111 Hours: summer: noon-10:30 p.m. daily One of the staple ice cream shops, this one’s got a giant merry-go-round where kids can hang with their treats, which include a variety of flavors and the ever-popular “The Mud” – a mix of soft serve ice cream and your choice of candy. Dairy Freezzz Address: 24806 Van Dyke Ave., Center Line Phone: 586-754-0480 Hours: off season: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; summer: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily This ice cream and frozen yogurt parlor is well stocked with smoothies, malts and sundaes. With new yogurt flavors every week, the whole family’s sure to go home satisfied. Dairy King Address: 232 S. Main St., Plymouth Phone: 734-455-5720 Hours: spring: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; summer: 11 a.m.-11p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday; winter: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday Whether you like your ice cream in a waffle cone, a flurry or just as soft serve in a cup, Dairy King’s menu has an array of options. From coffee milkshakes to Play-Doh flavored ice cream, Diary King has something to please everyone’s taste buds. Erma’s Original Frozen Custard Address: Shelby Township: 6451 Auburn Road; St. Clair Shores: 28840 Harper Ave.; Warren: 2080 E. 14 Mile Road Phone: Shelby Township: 586-254-3080; St. Clair Shores: 586-200-3369 Warren: 586-275-2447 (flavor line numbers) Hours: 2-8 p.m. March (weather dependent), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. April 1-May 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 6-Oct. 31 In 1942, it was a roadside stand. Now, Erma’s has three yummy ice cream shops. Beyond its traditional vanilla and chocolate, it offers unique flavors every week – such as Cherry Cheesecake, Monkey Business, Carmel Clusters and more. Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream Address: 32644 Franklin Road, Franklin Phone: 248-562-7708 Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; winter hours vary Located in a renovated farmhouse, this spot lets you relax on its wrap-around porch while indulging in more than 30 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt, like Mint Chocolate Chip and Mackinac Island Fudge. Frosty Boy Address: 67 Main St., Belleville Phone: 734-699-7188 Hours: early summer: 1-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday; summer: noon-10 p.m. daily Try mouthwatering toppings like Toasted Coconut, Oreo and Nutter Butter to specialize your cone exactly to your liking. On weekends, you can hang around the shop later than usual; they don’t close their doors until everyone is satisfied. Gibbs Sweet Station Address: 37337 Huron River Drive, New Boston Phone: 734-753-9013 Hours: 3-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, closed Monday-Tuesday; closes after Labor Day The walls of this quirky downriver ice cream shop are covered with license plates, signs, photos and trinkets to keep your eyes just as entertained as your taste buds when you sample one of their cones, sundaes, malts or shakes. Go! Ice Cream Served at the following locations: Argus Farm Stop Address: 325 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-213-2200 Cafe Ollie Address: 42 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti Phone: 734-482-8050 Maiz Mexican Cantina Address: 36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti Phone: 734-340-6010 The Produce Station Address: 1629 S. State St., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-663-7848 Go! Ice Cream is a small Michigan-based company that produces tasty treats by using local ingredients. This ice cream is all natural, made with no preservatives or any other multi-syllabic chemicals. With delicious flavors, ranging from Three-Bean Vanilla to Ypsilanti Proud Peppercorn, everyone will find something to cure their sweet tooth. Guernsey Farms Dairy Ice Cream Parlor Address: 21300 Novi Road, Northville Phone: 248-349-1466 Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday Try this family-run ice cream shop’s one-of-a-kind, Michigan-made treats. (It’s tradition to enjoy your snack on the “famous rock under the tree” outside.) Pick from cones, shakes, banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, brownie fudge treats, hot fudge cream puffs and more. Iorio’s Gelateria Address: 522 E. William St., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-399-4844 Hours: 2-10 p.m. daily Savor some Italian ice cream in Tree Town with authentic artisan gelatos and “sorbettos.” Espresso drinks and Italian sodas, too. Jim’s Frostie Treats Address: 1528 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak Phone: 248-399-7919 Hours: spring: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday; summer: noon-11 p.m. daily Sundaes, smoothies, flurries and shakes are just some of the menu options at this superhero-themed spot, operating since 1970. Lick’s Ice Cream Shoppe Address: 23090 E. Main St., Armada Phone: 586-784-5425 Hours: early summer: 2-8:30 p.m. weekdays, noon-8:30 weekends; summer: noon-9 p.m. daily This ice cream shop, established in 1985, offers gourmet dairy and non-dairy treats – plus low-fat, low-calorie iced coffee, real fruit smoothies, gelato, specialty yogurt ice cream and more. Mootown Ice Cream & Dessert Shoppe Address: Eastern Market, 2461 Russell St., Detroit Phone: 313-393-6016 Hours: early summer: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday; summer: noon-8p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday Ice cream Detroit? Find it here. Serves Michigan-made Hudsonville ice cream and other local products – like Faygo and Better Made Potato Chips. This is the first ice cream parlor in Eastern Market since the district was founded in 1891. Nice Modern Creamery Address: 31055 John R Road, Madison Heights Phone: 248-588-1180 Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon- 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday This spot boasts being Michigan’s first nitrogen creamery – it uses liquid nitrogen to custom make your super creamy “nicecream” without extra preservatives and emulsifiers. Ray’s Ice Cream Address: 4233 Coolidge Highway (between 13 and 14 Mile roads), Royal Oak Phone: 888-549-5256 Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday; winter hours vary Family owned since 1958, Ray’s offers award-winning ice cream in over 40 different flavors, including Mackinac Island Fudge, Butter Pecan and its famous Fat Elvis. Spad’s Twisters Soft Serve Ice Cream Address: 901 S. Main St., Chelsea Phone: 734-433-0419 Hours: noon-9:30 p.m. daily; closes in October Cones, flurries, shakes and more: This soft-serve ice cream shop’s staple flavors join Flavor Burst ice cream and frozen yogurt in fun mocha cappuccino and even harvest-apple varieties. Stroh’s Ice Cream Parlour Address: 3659 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills Phone: 248-647-7660 Hours: spring: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday; summer: noon-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday; winter: noon-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday Stroh’s has served Bloomfield Hills for more than 50 years with a wide range of tasty treats – including floats, shakes, ice cream cakes, pies and more. Get a single, double or triple scoop of ice cream, and add your own toppings. Stucchi’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Address: 302 S. State St., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-662-1700 Hours: summer season: noon-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday; off-season: closes at 10 p.m. Founded in 1986, it prides itself on being “the only yogurt that tastes like ice cream.” Made in Fraser, Stucchi’s (say “stoo-cheez”) treats are served alongside Bearclaw Coffee beverages out of Chelsea. Treat Dreams Address: 22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Phone: 248-544-3440 Hours: noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday Treat Dreams offers fun offbeat flavors like Hot Jalapeno, Mexican Chocolate and Kooky Monster. It also serves vegan ice cream and sorbet. Wally’s Frozen Custard Address: 22501 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores Phone: 586-552-5038 Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday In firehouse-inspired digs (complete with fire truck), Wally’s has perfected the classics. Try ice cream between two cookies, called a “Chocolate Cookie Monster” – plus banana splits, hot fudge cream puffs, strawberry shortcake and more. Washtenaw Dairy Address: 602 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-662-3244 Hours: summer: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; spring and fall: 5 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; winter: 5 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (closed Christmas Day) Stocked with several Stroh’s ice cream flavors in Michigan, it’s not surprising that Washtenaw Dairy has been serving the Ann Arbor area since 1934. Zingerman’s Creamery Address: 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-929-0500 Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday Find at least 10 single-serve gelato (Italian ice cream) flavors – more by the pint. Faves include Stone-Ground Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate, Lemon Sorbet and Coconut Macaroon – but they’re always whipping up something new. Cheese here, too. This guide was updated for 2016 by Sophie Silverman.