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Top 5 Ice Cream Parlors
Do you have a sweet tooth and want to know the best places to get ice cream at in Knoxville? We have done the research and found the Top 5 Ice Cream Parlors in Knoxville that will satisfy any sweet tooth craving. So get ready for a visual sugar rush and discover our favorite ice cream parlors in our newest Best of Knoxville series.
Bruster’s – Although this is not a local ice cream parlor, Bruster’s make the list because we are fans of their flavor, quality, and service. They have four locations in the Knoxville area. Bruster’s has been around since 1989 and make their ice cream the old fashioned way from ingredients that are slow kettle processed and designed specifically to create the Bruster’s flavor. Its proprietary homestyle mix is delivered fresh from its dairy to each store, where small artisan batches are made daily by Certified Ice Cream Makers. They offer a full ice cream menu for people and even offer FREE Doggie Sundaes every day. These facts make it a slam dunk when looking for a delicious ice cream treat. Find a location in Knoxville and near you by visiting them online at Bruster’s.
Cardin’s Drive-In – Cardin’s has been a long time favorite of Knoxville residents for the nostalgia as well as the ice cream treats they serve alongside their food menu. This staple of East Knoxville, recently celebrated their 60th anniversary and still utilizes the same style concept which throws back to a time before fast food restaurants with a classic drive-in and car hops. If you are looking for fancy ice cream this isn’t the place for you but if you want something delicious with an old-school spin then make sure to load up the family and get ready to share this amazing experience with them. You can see what other’s have to say by checking out Cardin’s on Yelp and Trip Advisor. (Cardin’s does not have a website.)
Cruze Farm Dairy – This amazing ice cream comes from the milk from the cows at the Cruze Farm. The dairy farm was established in 1980 and has been a staple in the Knoxville community for your. During this time they have gone from just a dairy farm selling milk and ice cream, to an ice cream food truck, and now two brick and mortar stores. The Downtown Knoxville location is located on Gay Street in the heart of the downtown area and the East Knoxville location boasts an adjacent Pizza Barn so you can grab dinner and dessert at the same time. The East Knoxville location also hosts a variety of events in the summer including movie nights. They offer a wide variety of flavors that change with the season and include flavors such as sweet cream, salty caramel, coffee, and many more. Discover all the other great offerings by visiting Cruze Farm Dairy online.
Kilwins Knoxville – While Kilwins is a chain based out of Michigan (our home state), the store in Knoxville is locally owned. It sits on Gay St. with several of our other favorite ice cream parlors and offers visitors hand-dipped ice cream scoops as well as home-made fudge, chocolates, and other decadent confections. One of the reasons this is a favorite ice cream parlor for our family is the familiar tastes of Michigan we can enjoy every time we visit. From Mackinaw Island Fudge, Traverse City Cherry, and Superman, our taste buds are treated to flavors of home. Enjoy ice cream in store and make sure to take some home-made fudge home for later. If you stop in at the right time, you will be able to watch them make fudge right in the store as well as other sweet treats. Learn more about Kilwins story by visiting them online at Kilwins Knoxville.
The Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain – This locally owned pharmacy and fountain is located on Gay St. in downtown Knoxville. The Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain has recreated the classic pharmacy and soda fountain experience from years past. The pharmacy is in the rear of the business and the front boasts the soda fountain with hand-made ingredients from the ice cream to the marshmallow fluff. Sit at the counter or find a table in the dining area to enjoy your ice cream treats. Choose from a classic cup/cone or indulge in a delicious treat from their menu which includes specialty sundaes and shakes. Check out all the sweet treats available and more by visiting them online at The Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain.
Don’t see your favorite Ice Cream Parlor in Knoxville on our list? Leave a comment below letting us know where you like to get your ice cream and why it is your favorite place.
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