Nothing satiates scorching summer days better than a trip to the ice-cream parlor. Here’s the scoop on three locally owned shops where you can truly cool down.
by Lauren Eberle
With two neighborhood locations — SouthPark and South End — Golden Cow Creamery has the corner on small-batch, handcrafted ice cream. Made from scratch with a real cream base, the shop’s six not-so-basic classics feature salted Oreo and Dunkaroos, while the menu also includes rotating options and a non-dairy vegan choice.
Our order: When it’s too hard to choose, opt for a flight to enjoy four creative flavors such as blueberry-lemon or banana pudding. 720 Governor Morrison St. (SouthPark) and 170 West Summit Ave. (South End). goldencowcreamery.com
Located at Promenade on Providence, The Local Scoop is proudly choosy in sourcing its products. From highest-quality dairy to fruit and herbs, ingredients come straight from farmers across North Carolina. Need a non-dairy option? Eight flavors, including chocolate coconut, delight.
Our order: Enjoy the fizzle of a root beer float, made with Mooresville’s all-natural Uncle Scott’s All Natural Root Beer. 5355 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., #100. thelocalscoopcharlotte.com
Celebrating its 36th year, family-owned Carolina Cones in Cornelius dishes up a heap of nostalgia. A model train circles the perimeter inside, while a playground, small carousel and other attractions keep kiddos content outdoors. With more than 50 flavors to choose from, you’re sure to find a favorite. Plus, pack a couple quarters for the nostalgic trinket vending machines.
Our order: We love the lemon cone if you’re eating on your own. Bringing a group? Choose an ice cream boat for a super-sized shareable dish. 20801 N. Main St., Cornelius. Facebook: Carolina Cones