Food & Drink

The 13 best ice cream treats in Boston

Published On 07/30/2014 Published On 07/30/2014
Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage
Cabot's Ice Cream
J.P. Licks
Erik Christensen
Emack & Bolio's
Rialto
Oleana
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Russell House Tavern
The Ice Creamsmith
Saus
T.W. Food
Toscanini's
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1. Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers 1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

A Harvard Square mainstay since 1960, Mr. Bartley's slings greasy, 7oz patties in this always-busy American diner. There are tons of photos cluttering the walls that boast celebrity visits, the tables are so close you’re practically sharing them, and you can’t go a minute without hearing a thick Boston accent yelling out burger orders. The highest-stacked and most popular burger with locals and Guy Fieri alike is the Harvard Double: two fat beef patties with molten cheese, crispy bacon, and thick barbecue sauce are piled with a mountain of grilled red peppers and onions. Soak up the juice with a mound of Mr. Bartley’s signature extra-crispy, extra-thin deep-fried onion rings.

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2. Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant 743 Washington St, Newton, MA 02460 (Newton)

Cabot's has been operating for over 35 years, serving delicious ice cream concoctions to Newtonville residents. Try The Dentist Disaster, made with all kinds of candy-infused ice creams (think Heath, Snickers, Milky Way, and Reese's) doused with hot fudge, caramel, and a bunch of other sundae toppings, plus MORE candy in the form of Reese's Pieces.

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3. Christina's Homemade Ice Cream 1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

Christina's is a local darling with unusual flavor choices (adzuki bean, coconut Butterfinger) in addition to favorites like cookie dough and vanilla. The best move the undecided ice cream connoisseur can make? Get the large banana split: your choice of any three scoops, three toppings, and whipped cream or marshmallow.

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4. Rialto 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

Rialto is known for classy Italian fare, like bucatini with lobster, but you can also indulge your sweet tooth with items like their frozen chocolate and licorice truffle.

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5. Oleana 134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (East Cambridge)

At Oleana, Chef Ana Sortun celebrates Eastern Mediterranean cuisine through her exploration of the regional spice pantry. The mezze-style menu pulls inspiration from Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Israel, Lebanon, and the restaurant's own New England locale with dishes like butternut squash borek pastries and Vermont quail kebab. Enjoy your meal Ă  la carte, or leave your dinner in the hands of the chef with the vegetable tasting menu.

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6. Picco 513 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Picco's is a casual Italian-fusion spot that slings tasty appetizers and mains -- from tomato bruschetta to fish tacos with creme fraiche -- but the real star here is the charred pizzas. The crust finds a happy medium between not too thick and not too thin, slightly bubbly, airy, and crispy. It also offers craft beer and homemade ice cream which go perfectly with any meal.

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7. Russell House Tavern 14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

Named for the 19th century Harvard furniture dealer that first occupied the building, RHT is a two-floored pub/resto in bustling Harvard Square, brought to you from the owners of Grafton Street/Temple Bar. RHT's slinging a New England-heavy menu of modern American "artisanal fare" and craft beers. Their craft cocktail is also definitely worth checking out.

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8. The Ice Creamsmith 2295 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124 (Dorchester)

The Ice Creamsmith does not mess around -- their 14% butterfat ice cream is there to taste amazing and bust your belt wide open -- enter the Belt Buster Sundae: 12 scoops of ice cream, 10 mixin’s, six sauces, a banana, marshmallow, whipped cream, jimmies, nuts, and a cherry. Good luck.

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9. Saus 33 Union St, Boston, MA 02108 (Govt Center)

Come to Saus to get the best of all things Belgian -- that means you're chomping down on pommes frites (with over 13 different sauce/saus options) and Liége waffle sundaes.

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10. T.W. Food 377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (West Cambridge)

Chef-owner Tim Wiechmann brings local, seasonal deliciousness to Cambridge, with a series of tasting menus that allow you to savor a range of his inventive cuisine. Stop by on Wednesdays to experience Kitchen Improv -- a five-course, impromptu menu created on the spot.

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11. Toscanini's 899 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (East Cambridge)

Tosci, as it's known to its Cambridge fans, is world-famous for its simple, yet delicious vanilla ice cream, as well as its burnt caramel.

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