Ten Best Ice Cream Shops in Broward and Palm Beach
2. La Michoacana Natural
Nicole Danna La Michoacana Natural in Lake Worth serves authentic Mexican ice cream.
There always seems to be a line leading up to the walk-up window at this small stucco building at the corner of Congress Avenue and Second Avenue North that houses the Mexican ice cream shop in heart of Lake Worth known as La Michoacana Natural. No matter what time of year they come -- dozens at a time -- for a taste of some of the best homemade ice cream around. The shop is the first location of now three similar shops opened by a Mexican family, each reminiscent of the paleterias (or ice cream shops) found throughout Mexico. While michoacana is a word that has no solid translation in English, it is said the name derives from the tiny town of Tocumbo, Mexico -- what is today known as the heart of an ice cream revolution that spawned hundreds of Michoacana paleterias. Like its nearby neighbor, Tacos al Carbon, La Michoacana in Lake Worth looks like it could be straight from the streets of Mexico City with large, colorful wall murals advertising the house specialty: helados (Spanish for ice cream) and paletas de leche and paletas de agua (frozen fruit bars that can be either water or cream-based). The Lake Worth shop offers nearly two dozen flavors in all including a popular Mexican favorite like the bright pink besos de angeles -- "angels' kisses" -- a fruit flavored ice cream with chunks of dried fruit, a regular pick among the Spanish-speaking patrons. Another must-have: the mamey fruit (pictured here), a creamy orange scoop with flecks of real fruit in the mix. A personal favorite was the pine nut, known here as piñon, made from the edible nuts of Mexican pine tree.
1. Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor in Fort Lauderdale
Christina Mendenhall The giant "kitchen sink" ice cream sundae starts with several different scoops.
This landmark ice cream parlor, opened by Monroe Udell in 1956, still makes each of its more than 60 flavors of ice cream by hand; each batch mixed one-by-one. Today, the old-fashioned ice cream parlour not only boasts one of the largest -- and best -- ice cream selections in the area, but also one of the nation's largest collections of American memorabilia. Expect super-sized scoops, waffles and ice cream, frosted floats, giant shakes, parfaits and banana splits. Of course, Jaxson's is perhaps most famous for its "kitchen sink" sundae -- probably because it includes a taste of everything -- but it's also a restaurant with a menu offering "country kitchen" fare, equally small-batch homemade goods, from wings to clam rolls.
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