Seattleites Scream for These Ice Cream Treats

Split a specialty sundae at Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream! Photo source.

Every season is ice cream season. There is always at least one good way to get your ice cream fix -- whether you and the kids are cooling off with a cone in the summertime or you're treating yourself to a post-cocktail scoop at a favorite cozy eatery when it’s grey out. In Seattle, we like our ice cream every which way, and these sweet spots excel at satisfying our every creamy, sugary (or boozy) craving.

Blue Moon Burgers | Multiple locations

Blue Moon slings shakes and malts at each of its four locations in South Lake Union, Fremont, Capitol Hill, and Alki Beach. Pick a hand-dipped flavor (or find your dream combo) from the following: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, or chocolate malt. Feeling nostalgic for a root beer float? Order any soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a refreshing, old-school treat.

Not to be missed: Blue Moon’s Shake of the Month series. Because we’re already well-versed in mint green March shakes, the joint is breaking with tradition to present The Peanut Butter Cup. Chocolate and peanut butter will have you feeling lucky regardless.

Cure | 1641 Nagle Pl | 206-568-5475

Dessert purists can enjoy a scoop of this Capitol Hill watering hole’s housemade vanilla bean ice cream atop warm apple strudel. Alternatively, surprise your taste buds with any of Cure’s rotating weekly flavors. All are the perfect accompaniment to your favorite fancy cheeses, meats, condiments, and handcrafted cocktails.

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream | 1525 1st Ave | 206-602-6420

Shug’s is a Pike Place portal to the sticky-sweet, jitterbug whimsy of a bygone era. Mid-century Americana vibes meet a hip and modern concept serving sundaes, shakes, sodas made with housemade syrups, floats, booze, and much more. Choose from a variety of ice cream flavors from local Lopez Island Creamery and enjoy yours however you please -- in a waffle cone; sprinkled or drizzled with sauces and bite-sized toppings; blended in a milkshake (with a syrup, if you wish!); whipped up with a soda fountain staple (try the NY Egg Cream); in a novelty sundae; or floated atop fresh soda, your choice of beer, or Champagne. And Shug’s doesn’t skimp on sweet fun for the adults; check out the ice cream cocktail menu, which features a Prosecco Float with peach sorbet, an adult root beer float, and creations such as Gran Gran’s Cocoa (Bailey’s, housemade hot chocolate, and a scoop of vanilla topped off with whipped cream).

Tin Lizzie Lounge | 600 Queen Anne Ave N | 206-282-7407

What specialty gelato is Tin Lizzie serving up today? It rotates seasonally, so you’ll just have to stop in and see! No matter what, expect a fresh and delicious finale to your dinner or happy hour jaunt.

Uneeda Burger | 4302 Fremont Ave N | 206-547-2600

Uneeda knows that killer burgers taste even better with a thick-and-creamy shake in the other hand. So go ahead -- finish your order with a hand-dipped milkshake featuring Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, salted caramel, or oreo). Float options also abound with your choice of scoop plus a bottle of rotating artisan soda.