DC Ice Cream Shops

Some of the unique flavors at Max's Best.

Some visit Washington, D.C. for the monuments while others take in the museums. Me, I hit the ice cream shops. What better way to kick off National Ice Cream Month than to visit the many purveyors of ice cream in our nation’s capital?

While this area is a gold mine for ice cream shops, two really stood out for me; Max’s Best Ice Cream and Gifford’s Ice Cream & Candy Company.

With flavors like Orange Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Graham, Max’s Best Ice Cream is not your typical ice cream shop. Made on site by owners Max and Marsha Keshani, Max’s ice cream was simply delicious. Apparently, politicians think so too since this is a favorite for our leaders — including the current and previous vice-president.

Gifford's Bethesda store. Complete with photos of people enjoying ice cream around DC.

Founded by John Nash Gifford in 1938, Gifford’s is the capitol’s oldest ice cream shop. The Eisenhowers were loyal customers as were the Kennedys. If I lived in DC, I would be too. My review of their ice cream: mmmmmmm. Gifford’s still uses some of the original 1938 recipes crafted by John. This definitely falls under the category of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

VEHICLE NAMING CONTEST. Every vehicle on every road trip needs a great name. I’ve got a lot of great entries for my truck. Keep them coming to uncleharry@uncleharrysicecream.com. Winner gets one of my trademark bolo ties. Contest ends July 17, 2010.

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