Nestled in the heart of downtown Nashville amidst the honky tonks and souvenir shops, Mike’s Ice Cream has garnered a robust following among both locals and visitors alike since it opened in 2003. Owner Mike Duguay opened the joint after moving to Nashville from Michigan and failing to find any local ice cream shops that were adequately hand-crafted and old-fashioned; since opening his shop on Lower Broadway (and, later, a second location at Sip Cafe in East Nashville), he has sought to fill this very hole. Mike’s concocts numerous handmade flavors, which range from classic (think chocolate, vanilla and pistachio) to the more inventive (such as Tennessee fudge, red velvet cake and chocolate raspberry truffle). Mike’s is a must for those searching for ice cream that is just old-fashioned and no-frills enough to paradoxically be timeless.
Mike’s Ice Cream, 208 Broadway, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 742 6453
Unlike the ever-popular Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, there is nothing boutique-y about Bobbie’s Dairy Dip. This colorful walk-up on Charlotte Avenue has been satiating Nashville residents with its straightforward selection of American classics – think burgers, fries, and hot dogs – since 1951. But what Bobbie’s is really known for is embedded in its name: its ice cream. Its soft-serve cones are piled high and sold cheap (a small cone costs just $1.85). And while they may not offer the cutting-edge flavors of other local shops (although they do offer a number of inventive milkshakes), what Bobbie’s does, it does well – namely, classic cones that have been the same for decades.