How Sweet It Is!

Best places to save room for dessert or make a special trip for a sweet treat.
  • 137 Elder St
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    5.0 étoiles

    A trip to Findley Market is not complete without a dish of Dojo gelato. It's dense, rich, creamy and packed with flavor. Some very unusual flavors too! (on my last trip one of the offerings was "Fat Elvis" with banana, peanut butter, and bacon!).

    So far, my favorite (while certainly not the most adventurous) is a small Dutch chocolate and Hazelnut. It tasted like a chocolate truffle in ice cream form. Yum!

    Yes, it's a little pricey, but you're paying for quality here, people!  Also, you can get multiple flavors per cup for the same price (2 in the small, 4 in the large). And trust me, it's so rich that a small is plenty for 1 person!

  • 633 Vine St
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    4.0 étoiles

    I love ice cream. I love it in all of it's various and related forms: ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, even a refreshing sorbet on occasion (but sherbet? please!). Hello Honey takes the classic ice cream form and elevates it with creative flavor twists for a decidedly delicious take on a standard.

    Flavors are posted on a giant blackboard and at least some rotate on a regular basis. The person who took me was talking up the virtues of the bourbon ice cream (it wasn't a hard sell), but unfortunately they only have that on Thursdays and Fridays. Instead, I went with a scoop of Nutella ice cream and it was indeed the ice cream doppelganger of everybody's favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread.

    There are fun extras like a giant homemade marshmallow blow-torched on top of your scoop in front of your eyes or a freshly-made waffle bowl. If you want to know the rotating flavors before you go, they are posted on Hello Honey's Facebook page. Prices are reasonable for the quality and scoop size (1 scoop is $3.50 and 2 scoops are $5), but with all the awesome flavor options, it would be nice to be able to get 2 flavors within the 1 scoop size and price (and maybe they would, I think I'll ask next time!).

  • 7505 Alexandria Pike
    Alexandria, KY 41001
    4.0 étoiles
    10/10/2013 Avis mis à jour

    On a subsequent visit I tried their "secret recipe" peanut butter shake, which is kind of amazing. It's rich, thick, creamy, peanut buttery, and sweet. Definitely recommend and I can see it becoming a craveable/special trip item for me! One tip though: part of the "secret recipe" is honey and next time I will ask them to use about half of the usual amount because I found the flavor/sweetness to compete a bit with the peanut butter flavor.

    3.0 étoiles
    28/06/2012 Avis précédent
    I'm thrilled to have a local ice cream shop in the area; I think it really fills a need. The… En savoir plus
  • 420 Fairfield Ave
    Bellevue, KY 41073
    4.0 étoiles

    This place so cute--a total throwback to another era. They have hard candy in big glass jars (first time I've seen horehound candy outside of a movie/book), homemade chocolates and Kentucky cream candy, and hand-dipped ice cream.

    The charm was missing a bit from the styrofoam cup my ice cream was served in, but it was a yummy refreshment from the oppressive heat and humidity outside.

    This is a great stop for dessert if you've just dined at one of the restaurants on Fairfield Ave and would also be a good place to pick up some speciality candy or chocolates for a hostess or other gift.

  • 41 West Fifth Street.
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    4.0 étoiles

    I'm not sure I totally buy in to the whole "gourmet cupcake" trend, at least for the price point per cupcake, but Abby Girl Sweets has me rethinking that position. Of course it's pricey if you're comparing these to your local grocery bakery, but that's not really a fair comparison--think of them more as "mini-cakes". So, not really practical to buy a dozen for the office, but purchased individually as a personal dessert, go for it!

    I was torn between the carrot cake and peanut butter on my last visit, and went with the carrot cake (peanut butter, you're next on my list!). It was moist and delicious, a little messy to eat, but definitely satisfied my carrot cake craving. Quick service and adorable little to-go cases for the cupcakes completed the experience.

  • 4035 Hamilton Ave
    Cincinnati, OH 45223
    4.0 étoiles

    Next on my list of brunch places to try...Take the Cake! There was a line when we arrived, which was expected for Sunday brunch, but it did move pretty quickly. Seating was the bigger problem, but we found a couple of spots before our food came. We sat at the counter facing the kitchen, which was actually kind of cool to able to see the goings-on in there.

    The available options are listed on a blackboard near the register and I knew I wanted the Steak & Eggs as soon as I saw it. The egg was perfectly poached and the steak a lovely medium rare. A few little gripes: the raw red onion was a bit overpowering, the biscuit bottom underneath got soggy, and it was served close to room temp.

    That said, the ambiance is unique and fun and they take good care of you. Plus, you can get an awesome dessert to take away for later!

  • 3 E Sharon Rd
    Cincinnati, OH 45246
    4.0 étoiles
    22/03/2012 Avis mis à jour

    My 3-star review for lunch still stands, but I have to bump up the overall stars since I tried their lovely brunch buffet. It's reasonably priced at $15.50 per person, but do expect a long wait and a full parking lot (street parking can be found within a couple of blocks). To avoid waiting in the narrow, crowded hallway though, go up the stairs to the "serve yourself" coffee bar area--not only can you get a cup of coffee for under a buck, but have a seat, and even bring that same cup to your table for free refills.

    This time we sat out in the back enclosed atrium area, which was very pleasant--view of the outdoor patio, lots of natural light, and beautiful artwork on the walls. They offer several items brought directly to the table, including pancakes and waffles, included in the buffet price as well as a glass of fruit juice of your choice. I got blueberry pancakes, but they were just OK, so next time would just focus on the buffet proper.

    The mini-crepes and quiches were standouts, particularly the chicken and almond crepes, as well as the cheese and garlic grits (ask for a ramekin). There's also your standard eggs, bacon, biscuits, fruit, pastries, etc. The mini-desserts are really cute too--bite-size servings of lots of different desserts to try, and they also have their famous bread pudding and "hard sauce" on the buffet, which is definitely worth saving room for.

    If this place was closer to my house and not such a long wait for brunch, I know I would go more regularly. As it is, it will stay on the list for occasional, special  brunches.

    3.0 étoiles
    12/02/2012 Avis précédent
    This was a special occasion lunch and overall we were pretty pleased with the experience. The decor… En savoir plus
  • 1409 Grand Ave
    Newport, KY 41071
    4.0 étoiles

    The biggest selling point for this specific Graeters's? A drive thru!

    If you've never had it, Graeter's is delicious, rich and decadent ice cream with massive chunks of chocolate masquerading as "chips". For a truly sinful experience, try a scoop of any "chip" ice cream (my favorite is mint chocolate chip) in a chocolate dipped waffle cone.

    There is also indoor and outdoor seating at this Graeter's and it was recently re-opened with an expanded bakery selection. But when you need an ice cream cone on-the-go, nothing beats the drive-thru!

  • 3046 Madison Rd
    Cincinnati, OH 45209
    4.0 étoiles

    Where else can you get table service for ice cream?

    This place is a charming throwback to ice cream parlors of yesteryear with the round, marble-topped tables, pressed tin ceiling, and charming silver ice cream goblets.

    Try the seasonal flavors--especially peach during the summer--and you won't be disappointed. I can't recommend the mint chocolate chip ice cream though, usually my favorite, because of a strong, artificial mint taste.

    Pricing is comparable to Graeters, so a bit high, but at least here you feel like you got your money's worth with ambiance and wait service. It does bring up an interesting quandary though--to tip or not to to tip? It feels tacky to just leave change for a 20% tip on a $3 dish of ice cream, but felt worse not to leave anything at all (so I just left a dollar).

    Note: while this is 1 of only 2 locations (the other one is in Montgomery Square), they also serve Aglamesis Brothers ice cream at Iris Book Cafe downtown on Main St.

  • 7736 Dudley Drive
    West Chester, OH 45069
    4.0 étoiles
    Premier à donner un avis

    Part of the now rapidly expanding chain of serve-yourself frozen yogurt chain, this place looks exactly like the other one I've been to in Kenwood. Some different flavors, but that could just be seasonal. The only significant difference was that while the Kenwood location played rather incongruous country music, this location played equally incongruous hard rock. Neither of which seems appropriate for the locale and clientele.  

    None the less, while the interaction is minimal, the guys working there were very nice. I'm not sure if this is a new program, but on this visit I was offered a rewards card where you can earn points for free yogurt. He also told me they will be opening a location in Florence soon, so NKY yogurt-lovers, rejoice!

    The yogurt itself is good, a tad liquidy, but nice flavor and texture overall. I think my favorite part is actually the toppings bar. So many different kinds of candy, cookies, chocolate, and more! Oh, and I think there's healthy stuff too, like fresh fruit, but I never have room for that!

  • 4.0 étoiles

    I felt like a kid in a candy store walking around Orange Leaf, and hey, I guess I kind of was. I didn't count, but would guess about a dozen+ different flavors of frozen yogurt and a whole bar of toppings, which included fresh fruit, candies, cereals, etc.

    The only downfall of self-serve yogurt places for me is that it always costs more than I'm expecting. My medium-sized yogurt with a few cookie/candy toppings was around $5.50. The yogurt itself is of good, not amazing, quality--I wished for slightly more creaminess, but the flavors are nice.

    I dispensed the yogurt "suicide" style, mixing a little of this with a little of that--flavors I can recall: chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate mint, wedding cake, and cheesecake. A very fun, enjoyable dessert experience overall and one that's bound to make you a favorite of any kid you might happen to bring (or give you a chance to just act like a kid yourself!).

  • 187 Rivers Edge
    Milford, OH 45150
    3.0 étoiles

    This is a "select your own mix-ins" place, in the style of Cold Stone Creamery or Maggie Moo's. This approach to ice cream usually ends up being more expensive than picking existing flavors, but can be fun if you have a unique combination of mix-ins/toppings you like. I'm pretty traditional in my flavor preferences, so I don't usually seek out these places, but this one is convenient to the Milford movie theater so can be part of a fun date/outing.

    We were the only customers when we went so service was quick and I found the ice cream to be of good quality, but nothing exceptional. Wide range of mix-in options available. There are a few places to sit inside or a bench just outside the door if you prefer to enjoy your ice cream outside.

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