So… it’s getting pretty toasty outside. Burn-your-hands-on-the-steering-wheel toasty.
The way we survive this blistering heat every single year is pretty obvious: ice cream. The big decision comes down to how you take yours?
Luckily, no matter what your preferences are, Birmingham, AL does not disappoint. We’ve come up with a list of places to get ice cream so you can cool off with one of a favorite frozen treat.
Big Spoon Creamery
I first learned about Big Spoon Creamery when I tried an ice cream sandwich from their food truck at Pepper Place Market. I have always loved ice cream sandwiches, but wow- this was an upgrade.
They serve seasonal flavors so there are always new options to try and they use fresh, local ingredients to make their ice cream. Big Spoon Creamery has even started serving flights, so you don’t have to pick just one flavor!
You can try some of this artisan ice cream at their Avondale or Homewood location.
Avondale: 4000 3rd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35222
Homewood: 927 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
If you haven’t caught up with the rolled ice cream trend, then you need to stop by Lucky Cat. Sit under the hanging lights and Boston ferns as you watch them hand roll your ice cream.
They have a lot of combinations you can order or you can pick your own ingredients like fruit, Oreos, honey, cookie dough, or maple syrup. There are vegan and no sugar added options as well, so it’s a great option for everyone.
Homewood: 2908 18th Street S., Birmingham, AL 35209
Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe
This is your quaint neighborhood ice cream shop with all of the traditional flavors you love like chocolate chip cookie dough, butter pecan, and strawberry. There are also non-traditional flavors like
Exhausted Peanut - boubon-spiked espresso ice cream swirled with bittersweet chocolate chunks
Yippie Skippie - chocolate ice cream with peanut butter, caramel and pretzels
Fat Elvis - banana ice cream all shook up with a salty peanut butter ripple and rich chocolate chips
Color-changing spoons are a fun touch to this favorite local spot. Italian ice, shakes, and sundaes are also served.
Hoover: 815 Shades Crest Rd. Birmingham, AL. 35226
Bendy’s Cookies & Cream
Bendy’s has been a widely popular food truck since 2016 that now has a brick-and-mortar location set to open June 15th of this year.
There are 10 different ice cream flavors like cinnamon sugar, maple praline pecan, and cookies & cream that you can pair with 8 different cookie flavors like pretzel toffee, Reese’s, and double chocolate. It’s really the best way to get two of your favorite treats in one.
They will be opening next to Martin’s Bar-be-que Joint in Cahaba Heights.
Tee’s Cakes & Pastries
Feel like being a little extra? These milkshakes are truly works of art and covered from head to toe in sugary perfection. You may need a friend (or five) to help you finish, but I’ve always enjoyed a challenge.
Tee’s Cakes and Pastries has been in business for 25 years and is always coming up with new items to add to their menu. They are located in Chelsea Corners right of Hwy 280.
Chelsea: 100 Chelsea Corners Way, Benson Plaza Suite #109, Chelsea, AL 35043
Mountain Brook Creamery
If you are looking for a traditional ice cream parlor, Mountain Brook Creamery is a great option. This spot is really convenient if you are visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens or the Birmingham Zoo.
They have a lot of great flavor options like dulce de leche cheesecake, carrot cake, cake batter, and 12 different chocolate flavors!
Mountain Brook: 2715 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook, AL 35209
Steel City Pops
These gourmet popsicles are made from all-natural and local ingredients. The first Steel City Pops opened in Homewood and has grown to over 23 locations across the Southeast.
They have 4 different categories for their pops: creamy, fruity, cookie, and paleo. Recently, they incorporate new topping options so you can:
Dip - Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate
Dredge - Pecans, Pistachios, Toasted Coconut, Peanuts, Sliced Almonds, All-Natural Sprinkles, Gluten-Free Chocolate Crumbs or Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crumbs
Drizzle - Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Raspberry or Caramel
Dust - Cinnamon, Cocoa, Sea Salt, Cayenne or Espresso
The combinations are endless so everyone can find their perfect flavor.
Homewood: 2821 Central Ave #109, Homewood, AL 35209
280: 5449 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35242
The Summit: 329 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Bruster’s Ice Cream
Bruster’s has been one of my favorites for a while. Primarily because THEY HAVE A DRIVE-THROUGH! So whenever I am in the mood for some ice cream but can’t find anyone to go with me or am in a hurry, it is my go-to spot.
They have everything ice cream related on the menu: shakes, cones, ice cream cakes, blasts, and sundaes. Bruster’s has some fun promotions like:
Banana Thursday - bring your own banana and your banana split is 50% off
Doggie Sundaes - fun ice cream sundae for your pup
Free Baby Cones - for anyone under 40 inches tall
Vestavia: 1008 Vestavia Pkwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Indian Springs: 5212 Caldwell Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242