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Fresno? I say FresYES
Last week, we told you about Roll Me Some Artisanal Ice Cream, and it just reminded me how many great places there are to get ice cream — and other frozen treats — in the Fresno area.
Roll Me Some is currently a pop-up with plans to open a store front in downtown Fresno soon, but in the meantime, here are five places open now where you can satisfy your cool, sweet cravings.
1. Ampersand Ice Cream
Located at Weldon and Echo in the Fresno High area, locally owned Ampersand is known for creative flavors and for hosting neighborhood events. Look for unique concoctions like Peanut Butter Caramel Bacon, Honeycomb, and Strawberry Balsamic, along with old favorites like Mint Chip and Rocky Road. And follow Ampersand on Facebook to see what events it has lined up.
Open 7 days a week, noon to 11 p.m.
1940 N. Echo Ave.
Fresno, CA 93704
Creamistry is a franchise with locations throughout California and Arizona; its Clovis location opened in July of 2016. Creamistry’s claim to fame is that it specializes in fresh, made-to-order ice cream using liquid nitrogen. That’s right — they freeze the ice cream right in front of you. Also, the store has a very extensive menu. Follow Creamistry on Facebook.
Open Mon-Thurs noon – 10 p.m. | Fri-Sat noon – 11 p.m. | Sun noon – 9 p.m.
635 West Herndon Ave. Ste 150
Clovis, CA 93612
3. Bon Goût Gelato Lounge
Javier Sara opened Bon Goût Gelato Lounge on the northwest corner of Willow and Nees in northeast Fresno late last year. Sara, who is from Venezuela, was previously a civil engineer, but now he spends his time creating a variety of fresh gelato flavors — some traditional, some experimental. Since opening, Sara has taken his ice cream on the road; he recently started mobile dessert catering. Find Bon Goût on Facebook here.
Open Mon-Wed & Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
2950 E Nees Ave. Ste 105
Fresno, CA 93720
4. La Reyna de Michoacan Paleteria & Neveria
Unlike other stores on this list, La Reyna is not open year-round — and that’s what it makes it so special. That, and its paletas of course, which are some of the most sought-after treats in Fresno. You can find a rich variety of paletas here, but the one that seems to get the most attention is strawberries and cream. There is also a selection of ice cream and yogurt available. Find La Reyna de Michoacan on Yelp.
Open Mon-Wed 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Thurs-Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
720 E. Belmont Ave.
Fresno, CA 93701
5. Sno Cafe Food Truck
Sno Cafe is a family-owned food truck owned by Mama Denise and her two daughters, Stacey and Sarah. The family serves their take on traditional New Orleans-style “snoballs” — shaved ice, but turned up. Their latest is a key lime pie snoball, which you basically have to see to believe. Check Sno Cafe’s website to see where they’ll pop up next.
With temps in the high 90s, you’ll be thankful for this list. Make sure to add your favorite ice cream spot to the comments below.