With an eye to diversity, while holding on to tradition, Andrew Rodriguez has a growing appetite for the real pleasure of ice cream.
The New York native, former owner of a boardwalk ice cream parlor in Coney
"Some flavors are naturally sweet; however, if it's something that doesn't need more sugar in it, sugar won't go in," Rodriguez said. "Our ice cream is not centered on the sweetness; we keep it as close to neutral as possible."
The 550-square-foot shop, located across from Caja Caliente, offers a fun atmosphere where customers can sample any and every flavor, take a
"I appreciate the great deal of creativity making ice cream requires and the fact that I can get new ideas from everywhere, " Rodriguez said. "But besides that, there's something special about the way ice cream brings people together, how they feel about sharing it."
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Among the shop's specialties are the bubble waffle supreme, a hot waffle rolled into a cone with two scoops of ice cream and unlimited toppings ($11.99); a whimsical fruity pebbles ice cream sandwich ($7.99); and the custom Nutella-filled sugar cone brownie sundae ($10.99). There's also the cinnamon waffle sundae ($12.29) and the Maria cookie trio with three mini guava ice cream sandwiches ($7.49). A regular milkshake costs $7.99 and cereal shakes cost $9.35.
A highlight of a trip to Midtown Creamery is you can load up on all the toppings you like. All additions to your cone — breakfast cereal, berries, gummy bears, sprinkles, cookies, toasted coconut, mixed nuts, caramel, and guava sauce — are free.
To drink, there's cortadito ($2.59), hot chocolate ($2.80), and the affogato, which is espresso over ice cream ($6.99). The shop also offers the CBD Elevation ice cream line, sold in premade two-scoop portions for customers aged 18 or older for $20.
Midtown Creamery. 2690 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-536-2281; midtowncreamery.com. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday 2 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.