WHAT TO EAT: Black & Gold Crunch at Creole Creamery.
Everything about this Prytania ice cream parlor is old-fashioned, from its checkered floors to its red vinyl seating to the way they make their rotating selection of original ice cream flavors at the start of each day. The pastel-pink walls are covered in joyful odes to the frozen dessert: ice cream-themed paintings by local artists of all ages and a spread of photographs featuring customers enjoying a scoop. Their extensive daily selection of flavors is hand-written in chalk on massive painted-on blackboards, and their second location in Lakeview has a similar layout and product.
Our favorite flavor is the Black & Gold Crunch, with a creamy french vanilla and chicory base that’s mixed with Oreo chunks and chocolate chips. We also love the Honey Lavender, which is fragrant and light, and A Chocwork Orange, which looks like plain chocolate but also tastes of orange. A single scoop will cost you a humble US$3, and you can get it in a cup or a homemade waffle cone for an extra 75 cents. For those of us who are indecisive or just like variety, there’s the ice cream sampler, which lets you choose four mini-scoops of any flavor. With so many original flavors worth their sugar, there’s no reason not to try as many as you can.