After weeks of Hurricane Irma chaos, many of us could use something cold and sweet. How does an ice-cream sandwich sound?
From Middle Eastern-inspired gourmet ice-cream sandwiches in South Beach to waffle, doughnut, and Italian varieties in Aventura, Wynwood, and Brickell, here are the five best in Miami.
1. Wynwood Parlor. Mix and match nearly a dozen cookies, such as chocolate chip, red velvet, s'mores, and rocky road, with ice-cream flavors like vanilla, cookies 'n' cream, and salty caramel. Toppings — or as Wynwood Parlor likes to say, "roll-ons" — combine everything from almond chips to Fruity Pebbles. There's cookie crumble too, made from the shop's handmade treats. The concept offers a selection of signature sandwiches too, including the Cookie Monster, which takes a s'mores cookie, tops it with cookies 'n' cream ice cream, and rolls it in Oreo cookie crumble, and the breakfast sandwich, which combines an oatmeal-raisin cookie with coffee ice cream. Sandwiches cost $5.50 and are sold at various locations across Miami. For more information, visit wynwoodparlor.com.
2. Mr. Kream. Inside this neon-lit ice-cream lounge, choose from 50 to 60 rotating flavors, each named for and inspired by hip-hop culture. Varieties include Snoopstachio (pistachio), Salt & Peppa (salty caramel with roasted nuts), and LL Cool Crunch (peanut butter with pretzels and chocolate). Opt for your scoop to be stuffed between two cookies or waffles ($9 to $10). Servings are on the larger side and can easily be shared between two or three diners. 2400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-659-4541; mrkreamwynwood.com.
3. Fi’lia at SLS Brickell. At Michael Schwartz's Fi’lia, the Italian restaurant inside the SLS Brickell, ice-cream sandwiches are filled with creamy gelato flavors that rotate seasonally. (Previous varieties include pumpkin and apple, and sweet olive oil.) A few scoops are delicately sandwiched between homemade chocolate pizzelles, thin Italian waffle cookies ($5). 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-912-1729; sbe.com.
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4. Byblos. This Mediterranean restaurant in South Beach makes Middle Eastern-inspired gourmet ice-cream sandwiches. Find sweet and nutty baklava-flavored ice cream stuffed between couscous pralines and garnished with salted caramel ($13). 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-508-5041; byblosmiami.com.
5. Cream Parlor. This sky-blue ice-cream shop and café on Biscayne Boulevard serves a selection of house-made creams that can be made into customizable ice-cream sandwiches ($5.95). After you've chosen a flavor, opt for a sweet roll, whose outer rim is coated with chocolate, candy, or cereal. Cream Parlor also makes a brownie sandwich using homemade triple chocolate chip brownies and offers vegan cookies. 8224 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-534-4180; creamparlor.com.