While parts of the country have been under an evil hex of gelato and frozen yogurt over the past several years, it’s refreshing to see good old-fashioned ice cream making a quiet comeback.
We are no longer relegated to the tortures of Tiffany lamps, grainy wood-paneled walls, brass accents, and ice cream served in tall ornate glass goblets. As our own president often says, it’s better to look forward, than backwards.
Hard to disagree with such philosophy.
Growing up in Phoenix, I was raised on the likes of Swensen’s and local favorites Mary Coyle’s and the Sugar Bowl. Though still tasty (and preferred over certain national chains), they have since all become near fossils of their former selves. Once the nostalgia and wisps of Americana fade, you’re left with something never quite as good as you remembered.
Profiled in the current issue of Bon Appétit, one of my new local favorites, Sweet Republic, was listed as one of the Hot 10 Ice Cream Shops in the nation. Though not the absolute best ice cream I’ve ever tasted, many of their selections are pretty darn close.
If anything, they earn extra points for breaking the stodgy ice cream parlor mold. They’re different, and in clever ways.
Sweet Republic is the perfect illustration of how ice cream can be just as “hip” as their fellow, frosty rivals, without ever losing any of that homespun feeling so many of us grew up remembering.
Besides the bright, clean and modern space, the Scottsdale ice cream shop overtly goes out of its way to use pure, locally-sourced organic ingredients whenever possible. Even if one or two of their frozen creations don’t blow you out of the ballpark, it’s hard to fault them for trying (or for originality).
I realize I’m a late echo to this, as the majority of local – and now national – food press have already gushed over Sweet Republic. However, I cannot help but join the chorus of accolades. It is definitely one of my favorite new spots for ice cream.
For you weirdos out there, Sweet Republic also offers a varied selection of sorbets, and yes, frozen yogurts.
I’m just saying.
Sweet Republic | sweetrepublic.com | 9160 E. Shea | North Central Scottsdale | 480-248-6979