Cold comforts: Four real ice cream spots

Summer staple: a filled-to-the-brim (and beyond!) cone from Kirt's. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto Summer staple: a filled-to-the-brim (and beyond!) cone from Kirt’s. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

What’s a dessert lover gotta do to get some straight up, full-fat ice cream* when fro-yo is as ubiquitous as Starbucks? Head to one of these local spots for homemade creamy goodness, that’s what.


223 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 977-4139

Take your pick from more than 20 flavors (recommended: classic butter pecan), then grab a seat at one of the diner’s turquoise booths. Put a quarter in the jukebox if you’re feeling nostalgic.

Kirt’s Homemade Ice Cream

Albemarle Square, 202-0306

The ice cream’s made in-house and is customizable with a variety of topping combinations, but we’re nuts about the Frodo: an ice cream sammy made from a halved Carpe donut.

Ben & Jerry’s

Barracks Road Shopping Center, 244-7438

All your favorite pints (including hard-to-find Milk & Cookies) right before your eyes. Stop in on April 14 for Free Cone Day to celebrate the company’s opening in 1978.


921 River Rd., 923-8349

An old-school treat in an unlikely spot by the Tractor Supply store, Chandler’s soft-serve is a Charlottesville staple. You can’t go wrong with timeless chocolate. Bring cash!

*In case anyone doubted it, we’re also pro-yo.