It’s been a long, hot summer and everyone is looking for opportunities to cool off. Heading to the pool, sucking on a popsicle and having a refreshing cocktail are all great ways to bring the heat factor down. Here is one more: indulging in a cold, sweet ice cream sundae. Below is a list of five of the very tastiest ice cream sundaes that you must sample while it’s still summer. Take your friends and family with you for a great sundae tasting outing!
1418 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
DC’s favorite gelateria has some of the creamiest gelato in town, in the most unique flavors. Blood orange, lemon ricotta cardamom and strawberry tarragon are just some of the unusual flavors. While the gelato is amazing all on its own, this summer, Dolcezza introduced a series of sundaes, which are creative and divine concoctions using fresh, local ingredients and, of course, the famous gelato. Try the coffee and cookies, with the most intense espresso gelato, fresh whipped cream and crumbled cookie pieces, or the fruit pebbles, which features a scoop of sweet Indonesian vanilla bean gelato, topped with salty fried marcona almonds and candied orange and lemon zest. Both are bursting with flavor and texture. Other sundae options include a strawberry daiquiri, strawberry gnocchi and chocolate Mexicano.
2446 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
This spacious venue has two levels of dining and a rooftop bar. Grab a seat in the dining area and order anything off of the menu. You won’t be disappointed. For dessert, get the decadent ice cream sundae. It comes in a cute old-fashioned sundae glass, filled to the brim with ice cream. Toppings include loads of chocolate fudge and sweet and salty pretzel praline that is made in house. It is available for $6.
1317 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Peanut butter lovers will rejoice when they sample the sundae at this modern Jewish delicatessen. A caramelized banana is piled high with peanut butter ice cream, and then drenched in both caramel and chocolate sauce. A sprinkling of nuts makes it complete. It is a massive, sweet delight that is perfect for sharing. Or, polish it off yourself! Enjoy it for $8.
This adorable food truck offers a make-your-own sundae option. First, choose from one of its delicious flavors, such as coconut, butter pecan or coffee. Next, select from a whole host of toppings. There is strawberry syrup, crushed cones, sprinkles, gummy bears, you name it. The first two toppings are free, and each one after that is an additional 50 cents. See the website to find out where Sweet Cream will be today!
Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
For a seriously fancy ice cream sundae, this is your best choice. Pastry Chef Naomi Gallego has come up with brilliant combinations of flavors and textures in her much-talked-about sundae. The sundae is made with a milk chocolate Guinness ice cream that has incredible depth of flavor. It is topped with salted stout caramel, crunchy peanuts, stout cream and chocolate micro sponge, making it the most decadent sundae in town. Sample it for $9.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.