Ice cream and summertime go together like…well…two scoops and a waffle cone. Here are our favorite places in Portland to indulge in everyone’s favorite frozen treat.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND ICE CREAM | 51 EXCHANGE ST.
If multiple national accolades aren’t enough to grab your attention, then maybe it’s the unique taste of 27 homemade flavors such as Butterbeer, Maine Sea Salt Caramel, and Bay of Figs. President Obama famously enjoyed a cone of MDI’s coconut ice cream when he and his family visited Bar Harbor in the summer of 2011.
GELATO FIASCO | 425 FORE ST.
Eleven years ago, recent college grads Joshua Davis and Bruno Tropeano decided to add gelato to the list of good things made in Maine. Using milk from family farms, pure cane sugar, and natural flavorings, they have created a total of 1,500 flavors and an empire that includes stores in Brunswick, Portland, and Orlando, Florida.
CURLIO’S CONES | 94 COMMERCIAL ST.
Somewhat off the radar, even though it’s in the heart of the Old Port, this fan favorite is inside Casco Variety (look for the ice cream sign outside). In addition to homemade flavors such as Maine Morning (blueberries and Maine maple syrup) and Needham (Maine’s classic candies in vanilla), Curlio’s specializes in the Japanese treat taiyaki—soft-serve ice cream in a fish-shaped cone.
CAPTAIN SAM’S ICE CREAM | 136 COMMERCIAL ST.
Look for the statue of Rufus the crocodile outside to find Captain Sam’s. The family-owned business makes its super-premium ice cream on site, including flavors such as Kentucky Derby—bourbon, molasses, pecans, and chocolate chips—and Maine Wild Blueberry.
BEAL’S OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM AND FROZEN YOGURT | 12 MOULTON ST. | 18 VERANDA ST.
With two Portland locations—in the heart of the Old Port and just off the peninsula—Beal’s is a city institution. Using a proprietary formula, the company creates more than 100 flavors of super-premium ice cream, including Teaberry, Whoopie Pie, and Grasshopper.
GORGEOUS GELATO | 434 FORE ST.
Husband and wife team Mariagrazia Zanardi and Donato Giovine came to Portland from Milan, Italy, in 2010, determined to introduce Maine to authentic gelato. Hazelnut, pistachio, chocolate, Oreo, and coconut gelati are always on the menu, along with a rotating selection of special flavors.