Ice cream in Pittsburgh


For the past week I’ve been dying for ice cream.

Amazingly…THERE ARE NO DAMN ICE CREAM SHOPS! Okay, there are Dairy Queens, but come on, we all know that’s not real ice cream. I’m talking hand dipped ice cream. REAL ice cream.

This put me on a quest. I just HAD to find ice cream shops. Good ones. Not the chain ones who mix up milk product and call that ice cream. No, I want good stuff! Good ice cream is an addiction. Once you find a suitable ice cream parlor, stay with it!

So, for those of you with an ice cream hankering and have no idea where to go, here’s a small list for ya.

1. Dave and Andy’s

I’ve heard from numerous sources that they have the all time best ice cream. You can find them at 207 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4001 or call them at (412) 681-9906 .

They’ve been in Pittsburgh since 1983 and feature over 200 flavors of homemade ice cream and hand rolled waffle cones. Sounds promising.

2. The Milkshake Factory

Founded in 1914 by European immigrants, it is nestled in Southside. They offer 55 flavors of milkshakes, have sundaes and Egg Creams in  chocolate and vanilla as well as Floats and Spritzers in root beer float, lemon raspberry spritzer, brown cow, raspberry spritzer, lemon spritzer and orange lemon spritzer.

I honestly have no idea what an egg cream or spritzer is. You’d have to get one and try it out.

3. Klavons Ice Cream

This is an authentic 1920’s soda fountain/drug-store. It’s located in the Strip District and not only offers hand dipped ice cream and floats, but a very tasty looking menu.

If you ever feel nostalgic for the old days or want to know how our grandparents spent their afternoons, take a trip there. The store is complete with marble soda fountain, mahogany woodwork and penny candies. It’s like stepping back in time 70 years.

4. Kerber’s Dairy

Located in North Huntingdon, Pa is more than just an ice cream shop. It’s a working dairy that is still owned by the Kerber’s. It’s been a popular and stable family owned business for the past 50 years.

Not only can you get ice cream, you can have a fun fueled day with the family here. There are patio’s and pavilions to enjoy your ice cream and /or lunch, a play ground for the kids to run off their sugar induced energy burst, during the fall they offer hay rides, you can meet the farm pets, or play at the new mini golf course.

While you’re buying your ice cream how about picking up a gallon of milk? Order some lunch and pick up some homemade dog treats, made from 2 dog biscuits and a dollop of Kerber’s vanilla ice cream in the center, for your best furry friend.

So there are some decent ice cream shops in Pa. You just have to look for them. It’s nice to see that a majority of these places have been around for a long time. Their families continue to produce the great quality product their grandparents or great-grandparents started.

Yay for ice cream!

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2 thoughts on “Ice cream in Pittsburgh

    • I did! What’s bad is I LOVE Coldstone. I haven’t been there in forever…but oh it is SO good.

      I always went to the one in Southside, the one in Robinson wasn’t too bad either.

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