Six Best Frozen Sweets to Eat Right Now

MO-Big-Gay-Ice-Cream-Courtney-AppleBest Soft-Serve in Philly

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It’s all delicious, though the Salty Pimp, with dulce de leche and sea salt, is the one people talk about — as they should. 521 South Broad Street, Bella Vista, 267-886-8024.

Best Ice Cream Sundae in Philadelphia

Franklin Fountain’s Mt. Vesuvius
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream studded with brownie “boulders,” hot fudge, malt powder and whipped cream. Michelle Obama can wait only so long before declaring war on this caloric eruption. 116 Market Street, Old City, 215-627-1899.

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10 Of Philly’s Best Ice Cream Floats

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We didn’t mean to, but in the past couple of weeks we’ve done a lot of ice cream float reporting. There were the beer floats collaboration between Bottle Bar East and Joe’s Steaks. Then, we told you about the nitro-charged coffee and Weckerly’s ice cream floats collaboration at Rival Brothers and the 2015 affogato road show (because, being made of ice cream and a liquid, affogatos are kinda like floats). So, after all that, we finally just decided to put together a guide to some of our favorite floats around town. Because seriously? There’s just no better way to kick off a season of shore-house-less sorrows than to to drown them in than a tall glass of something frothy and creamy.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Opening As Early As Friday [UPDATED]

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UPDATE [5/1/2015, 4:59 pm]: Big Gay Ice Cream opened a day earlier than we expected. They threw open the doors last night, on Thursday, April 30th. Here, a shot of the Big Gay Ice Cream crew, with owners Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint.

ORIGINAL: Philly food writer Michael Klein stopped in to Philly’s Big Gay Ice Cream location this week, and he projects the New York-based treat shop could be open as early as Friday, May 1st. According to the board in the photo they sent, the shop will offer up everything from shakes to sundaes to specialty cones with sassy names like Salty Pimp, the Bea Arthur and American Gloss. It’s located near the intersection of Broad and South streets.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Book Signing at Juniper Commons

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Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint, founders of Big Gay Ice Cream, recently released the book Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats. To celebrate the release, Juniper Commons (the next door neighbor of the Philadelphia location of Big Gay Ice Cream) is hosting them at the restaurant for a book signing on Thursday, April 30th.

From 6 pm to 8 pm, join the authors for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a signed copy of the new book. At 6:30, a Q&A will commence with Petroff and Quint, followed by a meet and greet.

The price is $50 per person, including food, drinks and the signed cookbook. The cookbook is a yearbook of ice cream recipes, starting from freshman year with simple toppings and shoppings lists and concluding with senior year, where you can create your own sorbets and ice creams. It also includes some strange stories from the authors.

You can purchase your tickets online at Juniper Commons website.

Big Gay Ice Cream [Foobooz]
Juniper Commons [Foobooz]

Big Gay Ice Cream at Alla Spina

big-gay-night-alla-spina-940Big Gay Ice Cream will be opening at Broad and South Streets one day soon. In the meantime you can get a Rocky Roadhouse sundae, maple-biscoff-bourbon shake plus burlesque and a drag show at Alla Spina on Sunday, March 22nd.

Alla Spina will be handling the savory fare and Big Gay Ice Cream will take care of the sweet stuff. There will also be a burlesque and drag show with host Bambi Galore to entertain. Victory Brewing beers will also be on special.

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Winter Restaurant Openings That Have Us Excited

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We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.

Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.

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It Looks Like The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop Is Actually Going To Open

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We first started talking about the possibility of the Big Gay Ice Cream guys coming to Philly back in June. Everything since then? Expectation, speculation and wondering what the hell was taking so long.

But today, we finally got something of an answer. Apparently, the Big Gay Ice Cream team has been hung up waiting for permits (welcome to Philly, fellas…). They announced their breakthrough via Twitter.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Coming to Broad and South

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Big Gay Ice Cream was next to Kevin Sbraga last night and will be again this summer.

As expected, Big Gay Ice Cream announced at Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event that the ice cream business is indeed coming to Philadelphia. The popular ice cream shop is going to be located on the South Street side of the SouthStar Lofts at Broad and South. Kevin Sbraga will be taking up the rest of the ground floor retail with his third restaurant.

Big Gay Ice Cream opened its first store in 2011 in the East Village and added a West Village outpost in 2012. Like Philadelphia, Los Angeles will also be adding a Big Gay Ice Cream in the summer of 2014.

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THE SCOOP: Is Big Gay Ice Cream Coming to Philly? [UPDATED]

UPDATE [6-11-2014, 9:24 a.m.]: Our suspicions were true. Big Gay Ice Cream announced that it is, in fact, coming to Philadelphia. Look out for the shop to open late-summer at South and Broad streets.

Screen shot 2014-06-10 at 11.38.11 AMWe have it on very good authority that the acclaimed Big Gay Ice Cream, New York’s uber-queer frozen treat confectionary, is coming to Philadelphia, and we’re quite excited!

The news will be made official this evening at the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event. If it is true, Philadelphians can look forward to indulging in some of the shop’s famous treats, including the Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and crushed ‘nilla wafers), the Cococone (vanilla ice cream and toasted curried coconut), and the Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip, and a side of giggles.)

If your mouth’s watering, check out the CNN feature on the store’s founder, Douglas Quint, after the jump.  We will keep you updated on further details as they emerge.

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