Jax Favorites: Best Ice Cream Spots

Cool off this season with a cold treat! These are a handful of our favorite treats at some of our local ice cream spots. 

Cookies and Creme

This local gem offers a wide variety of ice cream flavors within walking distance from the beach. What started out as a crazy idea to make cookies and ice cream with cereal milk out of their garage, has now become a favorite of the beaches community and Jacksonville residents overall. Head on over for a Grom sandwich as you watch the cotton-candy sunsets near the Jax Beach pier!!!

Our favorite treats:
• X (Black Madagascar vanilla bean – previously #9)
• JSO (Krispy Kreme doughnuts & house blend coffee flavored ice cream)
• Bon Jovi (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
• Jimi Hendrix (Blackberry ice cream w/ mini raspberry-filled cups)
• Unstuffed Oreo Grom (Cookie with a whole Oreo baked in the middle of it!)
• Wednesday Shake Night (Only day of the week they make shakes)

“Baking our beach a better place! We are a local, veteran and family owned LATE NIGHT cookie bakery in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.” 

The Hyppo

Looking for the greatest variety of popsicle flavors? Look no further! The Hyppo has been my go-to spot for a refreshing treat, whether it’s a dairy-free or creamy popsicle, this place hits the spot! 

Our favorite treats:
• Elvis
• Watermelon Basil
• Blackberry Cheesecake
• Hibiscus Pear
• King Street Horchata
• I-10 Plum

“We strive to provide authentic and uncommon culinary experiences. We craft foods with integrity and serve them up with our one-of-a-kind blend of welcome and whimsy. We enjoy making our foods, and we hope you find them delightful.”

Whit’s Frozen Custard

While this might not be originally from Jacksonville, FL it is a locally loved custard shop. Fun Fact: The one in Atlantic Beach was the first Whit’s location to open in Florida as well as the first to open outside of the state of Ohio as a whole. 

Our favorite treats:
• Kit Kats ‘n’ Creme
• Almond Joy
• White Chocolate Raspberry

“It’s this promise that sets us apart. Our flavors are made fresh on site. In addition to our signature Flavor of the Week, we also churn our Vanilla and Chocolate throughout the day.  Our many quality, fresh topping options lets you custom create your own unique flavor.”

The Yard Milkshake Bar 

Although it’s not native to Jacksonville, this new staple offers crazy sundaes and shakes that you can’t keep your cameras (or taste buds) away from! 

Our favorite treats:
• The Sunshine Bowl (Jacksonville Exclusive)
• Strawberries & Cream Cheesecake Milkshake
• Cappuccino Crunch Ice Cream
• Milk & Cookies Milkshake

“The Yard Milkshake Bar has the most delicious desserts in town. We offer premium ice cream and are widely known for our over-the-top milkshakes! We also offer eight flavors of edible cookie dough and over 50 topping options!”

Dreamette

Dreamette has quality ingredients available at an affordable price. Soft serve can sometimes be brushed aside, but Dreamette has obviously been doing it right for over 70 years. 

Our favorite treats:
• Soft serve strawberry twist
• Peanut Butter dipped cone
• Piña Colada shake

“Dreamette, a beloved Jacksonville tradition since 1948. Whether you’ve visited Dreamette since you were knee-high to a grasshopper or are the newest member of our Jacksonville community, Dreamette is here to serve up sweet treats to you and your family!”

Mayday

Go for the ice cream, stay for the enthusiastic employees and friendly environment.

Our favorite treats:
• The Aviator (Chocolate + Nutella + Biscoff cookies)
• Gillespie’s Bourbon Pecan (Butter Pecan w/ Buffalo Trace Bourbon)
• The Perfect Pear (21+ flavor: Fresh pears w/ a splash of Riesling)

“MAYDAY is named in honor of some innovative Americans who served our country in World War II. […] At Mayday we celebrate their courage and optimism by creating ice cream that’s both authentic and innovative- we churn together the best ingredients in fun new ways and serve them up with some good old-world hospitality. So whether the skies are sunny or stormy, just scream MAYDAY and join us for some life-changing ice cream.”

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

Another favorite of the locals that isn’t necessarily local to Jacksonville… This place is well known for their Gelati (a perfect layered blend of soft-serve gelato and Italian shaved ice). 

Our favorite treats:
• Vanilla + Key West Tropical Gelati
• Chocolate + Banana Gelati
• Swirl + Cookies & Cream Gelati 

“Tasty Frozen Treats Served Up With A Smile. At Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, we deeply value our community and the relationships we are able to create with our neighbors. We strongly believe in giving back to our community and look forward to opportunities to reach out and connect with our wonderful communities. Over the years we have been honored to work hand-in-hand with schools, religious organizations, chambers, and charity organizations all in an effort to better our surrounding communities!”

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Jax Favorites: Best Brunch Spots

Summertime is almost here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the sunshine than brunch! Check out these local spots for our favorite foods and some of the absolute best drinks & brunch cocktails! 

Canopy Road Cafe

This local gem offers an incredible menu filled with options for a wide variety of visitors. 

Our favorite foods:
• Southern Benedict
• Mutt’s Breakfast Club
• Fat Elvis Pancakes
• Palm Beach Club

Best drinks:
• Canopy Road Coffee (Lucky Goat Coffee Co.)
• Arnold Palmer
• Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

“Here at Canopy, we always say we have something for everyone. We specialize in taking traditional diner favorites and adding our own little twists. The results are both exciting and delicious – see for yourself!”

Casa Marina

Looking for a brunch spot to visit before hitting the beach? Look no further! This hotel offers indoor and outdoor seating for brunch exclusively on Sundays. The back door leads directly to the sand!

Our favorite foods:
• Beignets
• Breakfast Burrito
• Shrimp & Sweet Hash

Best drinks:
• Watermelon-Rosemary Mimosa
• The Ultimate Bloody
• Espresso White Russian

“For twenty years, The Casa Marina Sunday Brunch continues to receive dining awards for its marvelous classic dishes, local seafood and house-made desserts.”

The French Pantry

The line out the door is a clear indicator of how incredible their food is! Believe me, it’s worth the wait…

Our favorite foods:
• French Dips
• Portobello & Mozzarella Bruschetta
• Blueberry Farmers Tart
• Cheese Danish

“The French Pantry can trace its iconic Northeast Florida roots more than 20 years, and since then, not much has changed. Our food has a cult following, and our breads and pastries are sought after by restaurants around the region.”

River & Post

This rooftop restaurant located in Downtown Jax along the St. John’s will treat you to some of the best views. 

Our favorite foods:
• Bread Pudding French Toast
• Eggs Benedict Cubano
• Stuffed Mushrooms

Best drinks:
• Florida Georgia Line
• R&P Bloody Mary
• Bourbon & Berries

“River & Post is a culinary driven restaurant in a warm, modern setting where we strive to captivate our guests with quality ingredients, impeccable service and memorable accommodations for any occasion.”

Johnny’s Angels

If you’re looking to travel back in time, this diner is the place for you! As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by the 1950s aesthetic, the best shakes in town, and other American classics. 

Our favorite foods:
• The Thunderbird
• Breakfast at Tiffany’s
• The Elvis Special
• The Richie Cunningham

Best drinks:
• Oreo Shake
• Creamsicle
• Malts

“Enjoy our homemade burgers, hand-dipped shakes, and scrumptious sandwiches, all served by our friendly staff.”

Delicomb

Unique bagel sandwiches are their specialty, with a new one almost every week! Sit back and relax at this beautiful little shop within walking distance to the beach.

Our favorite food:
• Açaí Bowl
• Sunshine Bagel
• Del Fuego Special

Best drinks:
• Café Au Lait
• Dirty Chai
• Granita 

“Delicomb is locally owned and operated. We make it how we’d want it! Delicombilicious.”

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