Best Ice Cream Miami 2007 - Swensen's Restaurant and Ice Cream
1586 S. Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Readers' Choice: Cold Stone Creamery
The cover of Swensen's menu is enough to send a diabetic into shock. Layers of ice cream covered in caramel, fudge, whipped cream, and peanuts, plus a cherry on top, will have you salivating simply from staring at the photo. Swensen's does have another menu, one filled with hamburgers and chicken wraps, but it's the dessert that will hypnotize you. The old-fashioned lamps and glass dishes remind you that this restaurant's been a South Dixie Highway institution since 1971. The ice cream counter spans the entire north wall of the dining room and boasts more than 40 flavors, ranging from the brightly colored "Superhero" to the traditional rocky road. Although the prices have increased over the years a double scoop will cost you $4.60 the atmosphere has remained relatively unchanged. You can still get a root beer float ($4.05) or a cherry cola ($1.90). For an over-the-top treat ask for the Earthquake ($17.45) eight scoops of ice cream covered with eight toppings but make sure to invite some spoon-wielding reinforcements, unless you don't mind rolling home.