Best Ice Cream

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive


Multiple locations


Yes, Cincinnati-born Graeter's edged out the longtime champion, Columbus' own Jeni's (just one percentage point separated the winner and runner-up!). While Jeni's wows with innovative flavor combinations, Graeter's sticks to classics like butter pecan, black cherry and peanut butter chip, all presented in rich, dense, custardy fashion. And those chips! More like giant hunks of velvety chocolate that melt in your mouth. That classic feel extends to the ambiance in the old-fashioned ice cream parlors, complete with white marble and swivel stools. How cool is it that Ohio's ice cream scene is so amazing it boasts two such worthy contenders?

Runners-up: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Handel's Homemade Ice Cream