If you learned anything from ceaselessly listening to Bananarama, it's that Summer (especially in the city) can be cruel... and crowded... and hot. Not to mention lonely. But it doesn't have to be -- well, hot, at least, assuming you follow this handy guide to the Hub's best frozen treats. Popsicles at Ocean Ave Pops Various Locations; 617.702.2446 Frozen in Somerville by the same crew that runs Union Square Donuts, these icy treats (pictured above) are "inspired by Mexican paletas” and come in flavors like strawberry, pineapple/coconut/blood orange, and even watermelon mixed with blueberry & basil.
The best frozen treats in Boston, from tequila snow cones to lobster shell concretes
The Lobstah Shell Concrete at Shake Shack
49 Boylston St; Chestnut Hill; 617.651.3406 Seriously worth the line you'll no doubt have to stand in to get one, the Lobstah Shell Concrete's available only at the Chestnut Hill Shack and blends vanilla custard, ricotta, and strawberry puree with a lobster tail pastry shell made in the North End.
Frozen Bananas at Abbott's
358 Washington St; Brighton; 617.562.8600
Because there's always money in the banana stand, celebrate the new season of Arrested Development even if you've never watched an episode by enjoying one of Abbott's dark-chocolate-dipped frozen bananas rolled in sprinkles or crushed nuts.
Boozy Milkshakes at Grass Fed
605 Centre Street; 617.553.2278
Ensure you don't overheat after a mildly taxing stroll around Jamaica Pond by stopping in at Grass Fed for one of their potent adult shakes, which range from the Bourbon Street (Diabolique bourbon, whipped cream, maraschino cherries), to one mixed with Milk Stout Nitro, to a caramel vodka & vanilla ice cream number blended w/ agavero tequila and sea salt.
Tequila Snow Cones at Papagayo
283 Summer Street; Ft. Point Channel; 617.423.1000
Served four at a time in a handsome iron tree, these tequila-soaked carnival cones come in refreshing flavors like watermelon, pineapple, and prickly pear.
BONUS: Chicken & Eggplant at Spinelli's Pasta & Pastry Shoppe
280 Bennington Street; East Boston; 617.567.4499
Because "frozen" doesn't necessarily mean "dessert", stock the basement freezer you would own if you went deer hunting in Vermont every October with delicious, ready-to-thaw-and-eat Italian fare (chicken parm, lasagna, baked ziti, etc.) from these longtime East Boston/Lynfield caterers. Just read the cooking and heating instructions before ordering!
Billed as a "modern day roadside burger stand", NYC's notoriously cultish Shake Shack has officially opened in Chestnut Hill, giving those damn kids at BC first dibs on their signature Angus patties, frozen custards, and loaded "flat-top" dogs.
The Downtown Crossing outpost of this dairy-dessert chain is well worth a visit when you're in the mood for some custard... or those Bluth-esque frozen bananas, which are especially delicious dipped in chocolate and rolled in whatever topping your heart desires. Except for vodka. Sorry.
As its name suggest, this place is a burger joint. But before you pigeon hole it, just know that they also dole out sammies, hotdogs, and probably the most overlooked/underrated item, adult milkshakes(!) with flavors like Salted Caramel and Banana's Foster Parent.
If you enjoy tableside guac, swimmin'-fresh ceviche, fired-up tacos al pastor, and stacks on stacks of excellent tequila... then this is definitely your spot.
This East Boston shop(pe) from the legendary caterers is THE place to go to fulfill your Italian-prepared-foods-and-pastries desires -- no wedding necessary. The pre-made chicken parm and eggplant & chicken dishes are especially worth a visit; just heat 'em up and pretend that you made it from scratch.