I love ice cream. It has been my favorite dessert for years, far ahead of cake and pretty close to chocolate chip cookies.
That being said, I have made it my personal mission to try different ice cream places in the Seattle area… and then rank them accordingly. I love it a bit too much as anyone who comes to visit me will be treated to “Chelsea’s Seattle Ice Cream Tour“. I just want to make sure everyone gets a chance at the sweet goodness. 😉
I have come up with a bit of a system to rank them, just to make things fair. Since many of these shops are good at evolving and trying new things, this list may change as shops add new items and take away things I may not love.
I always rank them with the following categories:
Cost is always an important aspect of anything I do. I, like most people, have a budget and need to make sure I don’t overspend. Ice cream is something that I don’t mind spending money on when I am with other people, but cost can make or break some of the ice cream flavors. 😉
Flavors Available to Me
I am lactose-intolerant, so I can’t eat whatever ice cream I want. My flavors need to be made with milk alternatives in order for me to eat them. This means the flavors I get can be very limited depending on where I am going.
If you don’t have a good waffle cone are you even an ice creamery? For this category, I judge based on taste, consistency, and how well the waffle cone can hold up while eating ice cream.
I mean, I love pretty shops so ice cream places are no different! The cuter the decor the more I want to go hang out. This includes color scheme and overall cuteness, but also seating available as well!
Let’s get into it!
In alphabetical order:
Frankie & Jo’s
Cost: 1/5 stars
Ooof. This is by far the most expensive ice creamery on the list. With their prices at: $4 per scoop( +$2 if you want a cone), it can be hard to justify sometimes.
Flavors: 5/5 Stars!
Frankie & Jo’s has all dairy-free flavors! I can have any and all the flavors if I want. That amount of choice means so much to me since finding out I can’t eat any ice cream from anywhere. I love being able to make a decision on what I want instead of only having one option.
Waffle Cone: 2/5 stars
I love the taste of their waffle cones. They taste more like graham cracker based than other cones, but that means they are more crumbly. I haven’t had a waffle cone stand the test of time with me eating my ice cream, so now I don’t bother. The cones not only crumble when you bite into them, but they start to absorb the ice cream at the bottom of the cone, making it soggy and hard to hold.
Aesthetic: 5/5 stars
Overall Rating: 3/5
At $3.75 for a scoop and a waffle cone, Full Tilt has a great price to ice cream ratio. The scoopers are always generous with how big they scoop their ice cream.
The flavors offered vary by season, and Full Tilt doesn’t have specific “Always” flavors. They tend to have less vegan flavors than those with dairy, but there are usually around 3-4 options to choose from.
Waffle Cone: 2/5
The waffle cones are pretty basic/generic. A great cone, but taste like boxed cones even though they are freshly made.
I personally don’t care for the grunge aesthetic when it comes to food places. Full Tilt is fully grunge, and if you go to the Ballard location they have the pinball machines the are famously named after.
Overall Rating: 3/5
At $6.45 for a scoop and waffle cone, the cost really makes this ice cream shop a treat, rather than a normal visit.
Molly Moon’s has seasonal and Always flavors. However, they do not have any vegan Always flavors. There have been many times where I have gone to Molly Moon’s and had no options when I disliked the one flavor available to me. This plays into the cost for me in a big way as well. It is easier for me to pay a little more for a cone when I like the flavor, but if there are no options, I feel no need to go.
Waffle Cone: 3/5
Again, a pretty average cone during the year. HOWEVER in the winter they make a chocolate waffle cone which really takes it to the next level.
Teal, teal, and teal! The Molly Moon’s aesthetic is very cute and clean. They often have Instagramable spots as well that make the locations all the more adorable.
Overall Rating: 3/5
Salt & Straw
$6.25 for a scoop and cone. A bit pricey, but the taste of the cones and unique flavors make it worth it.
Seasonal flavors? Check. Vegan flavors? Check. Always Vegan flavors? Check. I know when I visit I will always have a flavor that is delicious! Options mean so much to me. Salt & Straw also makes a huge effort to partner with local businesses to create their flavors.
Waffle Cone: 5/5
Salt and Straw has a stellar cone that can hold ice cream, even after it starts melting.
A vibe. A little tropical, but definitely understated. I personally think they could use a bit more color 😉
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Overall, Seattle has the best ice cream and that is the best take-away from an ice cream tour here in the Emerald City. 🙂
Interested in taking the tour yourself? Check it out here on my Google Maps List!