In the summertime of 2020, when many companies round Seattle have been nonetheless closed as a result of pandemic, Ashanti Mayfield didn’t have loads of actions she may do along with her daughters. The one factor she may nonetheless do, although, was exit for ice cream. And Mayfield says she realized how simply the easy deal with may “put a smile on my daughters’ faces.”
Mayfield, who’s a cosmetologist, determined she needed to open an ice cream store within the Rainier Seashore space to share these smiles with different households. A couple of 12 months later, the grand opening of Creamy Cone Café was held on Memorial Day weekend.
Just like the ice cream outings Mayfield took her daughters on to interrupt up the monotony of the pandemic, Creamy Cone Café is a household affair. On a current Sunday, she labored the counter along with her sister, Alexis Jones, and her 11-year-old daughter, Soule Robinson, whereas her uncle, Tim Collins, sat in a chair subsequent to the window.
Mayfield says she’s not making her personal ice cream but, however she’s labored along with her suppliers to craft a banana pudding ice cream particularly for her store. The pattern I attempted was comforting, imbued with the honey-sweetness of completely ripe bananas and softened with chunks of spongy vanilla wafer.
The watermelon sorbet was gentle and refreshing, like an agua fresca. The delicate watermelon taste soothed and cooled, and I completed my cone feeling rejuvenated. The housemade waffle cone it was served in was caramelly candy and shattered between my tooth.
Creamy Cone Café is primarily an ice cream store, however Mayfield additionally sells presents made by just a few native entrepreneurs, together with earrings and necklaces made by her youngest daughter, Robinson.
Creamy Cone Café
1-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2-8 p.m. Sunday; 9433 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
Matcha Man Ice Cream and Taiyaki
1-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 6014 twelfth Ave. S., Seattle
Matcha Man Ice Cream and Taiyaki quietly opened in Georgetown on the finish of Might to offer Seattleites what they didn’t know they wanted: soft-serve ice cream in taiyaki cones. The store is within the former location of the now-shuttered Seattle Freeze ice cream parlor.
Taiyaki is a well-liked Japanese waffle that’s formed like a “tai” — Japanese for sea bream — and historically crammed with adzuki bean paste. The taiyaki ice cream cones at Matcha Man are much like common taiyaki, besides that the fish have large gaping mouths that function containers for the soft-serve, making them look much less like tai and extra like a wide-mouth bass.
However whatever the species of fish, the cones, which have crispy skins and ethereal interiors, intensify the velvety texture of soft-serve higher than one-dimensional waffle cones ever may.
Donald Gacilo, the store proprietor, has been doing Matcha Man pop-ups since 2017. He says he received the thought from different soft-serve taiyaki entrepreneurs who had shops earlier than him in cities like Los Angeles and New York. However to his data, Matcha Man is the one place in Seattle for soft-serve in taiyaki cones.
Gacilo makes the taiyaki cones in a particular griddle behind the counter. He additionally makes the ice cream flavors in-house. The namesake matcha is grassy and bitter, however not too bitter, and pairs nicely with the non-obligatory glob of candy adzuki bean you possibly can add to the taiyaki cones.
The black sesame ice cream can be a sensible choice, with great toasty notes. Gacilo says he makes the black sesame soft-serve by pulverizing toasted black sesame seeds in a blender.
And the ube soft-serve’s heat, nutty flavors are softened additional with the caramelized sugar within the taiyaki.
Gacilo says Matcha Man may have rotating month-to-month flavors. And he’s constructing a tea bar within the store to serve matcha drinks and different teas together with the soft-serve. In a few years, Gacilo says he hopes to open extra areas in different elements of Seattle.
Midday-11 p.m. each day; 308 one hundred and fifth Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Examine aquas.us.com for present soft-serve flavors.
The most recent location of the worldwide soft-serve ice cream chain Aqua S had its grand opening in downtown Bellevue on July 17. The ice cream parlor is now the sixth Aqua S location within the U.S. and the primary on the West Coast. The chain began in Sydney, Australia, in 2015, and now has 14 areas worldwide with areas in Cambodia, Singapore and China.
Aqua S sells rotating flavors of soft-serve with extravagant toppings like “fairy floss,” wheels of cotton sweet wrapped round cones or cups in addition to ice cream in containers. Out there soft-serve flavors change twice a month and are up to date on the corporate’s web site and Instagram. The flavors of the soft-serve and ice cream are usually worldwide — suppose Vietnamese espresso, durian and orange fruit tea — together with commonplace flavors like chocolate and vanilla.
Once I went to Aqua S in Bellevue the day after the grand opening, prospects streamed out and in to seize soft-serve almond-chocolate, sea salt and orange fruit tea ice cream, and to snap footage of their frozen treats subsequent to the angel wings painted on the aqua blue wall of the parlor.
Aqua S ice cream is unquestionably Instagramable — with the intense colours, the fairy floss and the black cones — however the flavors are daring and price consuming, even if you happen to aren’t taking footage.
The orange fruit tea soft-serve actually tastes like jasmine tea: bitter, grassy and floral. The “café su da” (Vietnamese iced espresso) ice cream is roasty and sturdy. And the durian ice cream is so pungent you’re not allowed to eat it within the retailer.
Lil’ Tiger Ice Cream
Midday-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12348 Lake Metropolis Approach N.E., Seattle
Richard Ridout began the nonprofit Bounceback Seattle in 2018 and was working to accommodate homeless residents of Lake Metropolis in an area church when the pandemic hit. The housing he had in thoughts didn’t work with social-distancing measures, so Ridout, who was as soon as homeless himself, determined to assist his neighborhood in one other means: by opening an ice cream store.
Ridout, who’s 72, opened Lil’ Tiger Ice Cream, which is known as after his basset hound, on Might 3. He says he donates an quantity equal to 50% of the guidelines obtained on the store to a distinct nonprofit each month, although he takes that cash out of his income, not out of worker suggestions. Ridout says that was round $1,700 per 30 days in Might and June, which he donated to Coyote North, a corporation that helps children construct helpful expertise, and the Starvation Intervention Program, which fights meals insecurity in King County. In July, the ice cream parlor will donate to the horticulture program at Nathan Hale Excessive College and, in August, to Literacy Supply, a corporation that helps adults, primarily immigrants, study the literacy expertise they want to reach America.
Past the charitable causes, Lil’ Tiger serves a very good number of ice cream, together with Pacific Northwest flavors like marionberry sorbet and huckleberry. The huckleberry is especially good, the delicate berry taste mellowed by cream.
Lil’ Tiger additionally serves smoothies and smoothie shakes, a milkshake with smoothie elements like bananas and frozen berries Ridout says he buys from the Lake Metropolis Farmers Market.
Ridout even has an ice cream for canines — made out of yogurt, peanut butter and berries — which he serves at no cost to his canine prospects.