With a wide selection of hand-pattied burgers, fish plates, sandwiches and sides, you might have a hard time saving room for dessert at The White Cottage, so bring along plenty of cohorts to help you devour one of its famous specialties. When the menu boasts peanut butter and chocolate ice cream pies, the five-scoop ice cream Cottage Monster and the 15-scoop (yes, 15!) Pig Trough, you know you’re in for super-sized satisfaction. The White Cottage is located at 102 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, IL.
A bit of Italy
Savor Italian-style sweet treats at Gelato di Riso. Choose from over a dozen traditional varieties of frutta (fruit) and dolce (made-with-milk) gelatos, from limone (lemon) to dulce de leche (caramel), or enjoy a beverage from the full coffee bar. Gelato di Riso is located in south city on The Hill at 5204 Wilson Ave., St. Louis, MO.
Nitro ice cream
While in south city, head to Ices Plain & Fancy for a seriously smooth, chill experience: ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. The shop offers your traditional favorite flavors of Nitro Ice along with seasonal, vegan and soy-based options. Want more? How about a Boozy Ice. The “OK Fine!” features vanilla, RumChata and Froot Loops – how can you not give it a try? Ices Plain & Fancy is located at 2256 South 39th St., St. Louis, MO.
Naughty and nice
Lafayette Square is home to St. Louis’ first “microcreamery,” Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery. “Nice” is almost too plain a word to describe their flavors, which include gooey butter cake, strawberry balsamic with white pepper, madagascar vanilla and cup of sunshine. The “naughty” list includes boozy concoctions like chocolate cabernet and soju melon. Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery is located at 1637 S. 18th St., St. Louis, MO.
On the go
Sometimes, you just need a quick refresher after a long summer day. Thankfully, Doozle’s Frozen Custard has you covered with its drive-thru convenience and frozen delights. Pick up a seasonal concrete, signature sundae, waffle cone or cup in either custard or lite, and add your pick from 30 delicious toppings. Doozle’s Frozen Custard is located at 717 S. New Florissant Rd., Florissant, MO, 63031 and 3156 Elm Point Industrial, St. Charles, MO.
Trains, trucks and treats
Nestled next to the train station and across from the fire station in downtown Kirkwood, The Custard Station is the perfect outdoor spot to indulge your wee ones with a mini treat while watching the vehicles go chug and vroom. Add toppings such as malt balls, Kit Kats or peanut butter pretzels and cups to your custard, or try one of the specialty cements. Cash only. The Custard Station is located at 140 W. Argonne Ave., Kirkwood, MO.
Exoctic flavors for the ice cream epicurean
For the adventurous palate, Snow Factory is a must "Thai." This ice cream shop features Thai-style ice cream rolls with a variety of sophisticated ingredients, including matcha, mango, lychee and avocado, as well as tried-and-true flavors like peanut butter, pretzel and cookie dough. Snow Factory, which opened in St. Louis in 2016, has locations on Delmar Boulevard, West County Center and in downtown St. Louis.
A St. Louis original
Crown Candy Kitchen has been serving St. Louis since 1913, and little has changed at this delightful north city soda fountain: They still blend their creamy concoctions in an antique copper candy kettle! Choose from a long list of signature sundaes, malts and shakes. Dare to take the five malt (or shake) challenge to down five of these frosties in 30 minutes, and you’ll get your name on the wall. Visit their website for the complete scoop. Crown Candy Kitchen is located at 1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO.
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Karen Hill is a Florissant native who spent over a decade in communications at the Missouri Botanical Garden. She's currently a SAHM to three young children and owner of Olive + Peony children's clothing boutique. Her family resides in Kirkwood.
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