The Drake Hotel's General Store (1150 Queen West, at Beaconsfield, 416-531-5042) is now stocking pastry chef David Chow's spectacularly retro ice cream bars ($4). Coated with Callebaut chocolate and made with Chow's chocolate chip cookie dough, they also come, like Stephen Harper's cabinet, sprinkled with nuts.
New parlours are popping up all over town. Scoop and Bean (2 Follis, at Bathurst, 647-342-7770), a stylish Italian coffee house dishing up Kawartha Dairy ice cream, has just opened in the Annex storefront next to Grapefruit Moon. Kawartha is also the house brand at freshly minted Carter's Ice Cream (3 Woodmount, at Danforth, 416-429-1550).
Fresco el cheapo
Toronto's Gelato Fresco (60 Tycos, at Dufferin, 416-785-5415) has long been considered the gold standard of store-bought ices. If the supermarket's not your scene, buy the regular line - as well as discounted limited runs like Amarene Cherries 'N' Cream or Triple Chocolate Cocktail - direct from the factory outlet weekdays from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Does Leslieville really need another ice cream spot? It does when it's as lovely as the garden patio at indie designer boutique Nathalie-Roze & Company (1015 Queen East, at Pape, 416-792-1699) where Dessert Lady's luxe ices are offered every Friday through Sunday afternoon. Over in Cabbagetown, long-running Park Snacks (161 Winchester, at Sumach, no phone) is a great place to grab a Sicilian Ice Cream cone, especially Tuesday afternoons when the Riverdale Farmers' Market meets in the park across the way.