Big Gay Ice Cream
Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for Big Gay Ice Cream. This place has been on my hit list for some time now…honestly, I’ve just been too lazy to walk that far from my place, but I did it, folks. Big Gay Ice Cream is located on 13th and South in Philadelphia. New Yorkers they also have three locations so don’t worry you’ll be able to check it out.
Starting out as an Ice Cream truck in 2009 and turning into 4 locations, Big Gay ice cream takes all your guilty pleasures and mixes them with an old ice cream parlor experience…it’s an old school remix…aka they have some pretty sweet treats. ALSO…they do sell pints in stores around the tri-state area and you can Amazon Fresh them (you’re welcome)
There’s cones, milkshakes, sundaes…but all have a little twist of OMG I need that. Example- the American Glob Cone…has dark pretzels smashed into ice cream and then is dipped in a chocolate dip to seal. Let’s think about that…. they take three of my favorite things and sweetly seal them into one bite….YES.
The storefront is fun! I get a Lisa Frank 90’s vibe. It was very clean, super nice staff and a very large establishment for an ice cream shop. I knew I had always wanted to go there but I had never stalked them online to know what I wanted beforehand. So, at first glance, the menu has good options but it’s not miles long. I was a little let down nothing jumped out at me right away which is rare.
Alec got a black and white milkshake which was delicious! I am not a go-to milkshake person (unless it’s a shamrock shake) but that's a milkshake I would walk all the way back for. Idk what was in it that made it so amazing but you need to taste it to understand. The flavors were so rich and the shake itself was not too thick allowing it to be straw suckable.
ME….I got the Rocky Roadhouse Cone. "Maurya, what is it what is it"...chocolate ice cream, toasted almonds, melty chocolate morsels, and mini marshmallows. (I had to take a moment to smile after I wrote that.) It was a solid choice. It was different and unique and the flavor combination was right up my flavor craving ally. My ONLY note is the chocolate ice cream didn’t WOW me….biting into it all together was the bomb but alone the chocolate ice cream didn’t do it for me. That being said the treat as a whole was good. Can’t positively say I’d make the journey back for that. Sorry BG.
Philly has a ton of ice cream shops…TON…Big Gay is one that should deff be on your list of places to visit. Try out some of their old school twists that will hit your ice cream sweet spot.