- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 4, 2003

July is National Ice Cream Month. If you can’t wait until then to get your own taste of summer, get yourself quickly to one of these shops where the ice cream is homemade.

• Bob’s Famous Ice Cream: 4706 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. The home of rich, creamy flavors like deep chocolate and cookies and cream. They’ve been serving up creamy scoops of the stuff for more than 20 years, albeit with a number of different owners. 301/657-2963.

• The Del Ray Dreamery: 2310 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. This shop offers old-fashioned frozen custard with no gimmicks — just over-the-top taste. And if you’ve got your dog in tow, you can even find some pooch-friendly frozen treats. 703/683-7767.

• Gifford’s: 7237 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. This new location, strategically placed just next to the even newer Bethesda Row movie theaters, seems just the place for a snack or cone on the run. Check out the old-time favorite Swiss chocolate sundae, featuring Swiss chocolate syrup, or the new honeydew melon. And if you remember Gifford’s of old, you’d know that the stores also offered candy. That tradition has been resurrected. 301/907-3436.

• Lazy Sundae: 2925 Wilson Boulevard, Clarendon. A rubber chicken hangs over the door, but it points the way to lots of thick, rich, ice cream. 703/525-4960.

• Max’s Best Ice Cream: 2416 Wisconsin Ave. NW. This shop in Glover Park is known for its range of flavors — 150 rotate through the year. 202/333-3111.

• Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream: 109 King St., Alexandria. Unlike its friendly competitor next door, Pop’s most popular flavor is peach. 703/518-5374.

• Scoop Grill & Homemade Ice Cream: 110 King St., Alexandria. Open since 1984, Scoop’s says its most popular flavor is vanilla. 703/549-4527.

• Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe: 6948 Laurel-Bowie Road, Bowie. . Simple Pleasures offers an array of European-inspired ice cream and desserts. Owner Santamaria Perrin and her daughter Terri Russell run children’s parties and also supply ice cream pushcarts for community events and family reunions. 301/809-5881. You can sample Simple Pleasures ice cream at BowieFest at Bowie Ice Arena, 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

• Thomas Sweet: 3214 P St. NW. This shop in Georgetown has been dishing up ice cream for White House dinners, but that doesn’t stop them from catering to the crowds of tourists, students and just plain folk who line up for rum raisin and bittersweet chocolate. 202/337-0616.

• University Dairy: Turner Lab, University of Maryland, College Park. Just off Route 1 on the University of Maryland campus. This is the place for flavors like Dutch apple, devil’s food and, during the summer, a justly famous peach ice cream. 301/405-1415.

• York Castle Tropical Ice Cream: 9324 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. York Castle will give you a taste of the islands with flavors like pina colada and mango. 301/589-1616.

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