Summer in Atlanta – or Hot-lanta as many call it – is well underway, and despite the wet start to the season, temperatures are rising. When it’s steaming hot out and you can literally see the humidity rising from the sidewalk, treat yourself to something cold and sweet. Whether it’s a strictly adults-only occasion or a summer surprise to share with the whole family, there’s bound to be something deliciously cool to tickle your tastebuds.
Best Ice Cream:
749 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Feel like indulging in a little ice cream? Morelli’s was voted by Bon Appetit magazine as the fourth best ice cream shop in America in 2009, so its homemade ice creams and desserts are well worth checking out. Morelli’s has also been voted Best in Atlanta by Creative Loafing and Atlanta magazine. What makes this spot so great? With unique and special flavors at each location, there’s something to suit all tastes. Take a taste of Baileys Chocolate, Balsamic Strawberry, Salted Caramel and even Avocado.
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Best Frozen Yogurt:
985 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Looking for a low-fat option? Or one that you can incorporate into an organic diet? Frozen yogurt is a great option for those who find ice cream either too rich or too caloric. And with a huge range of flavors and toppings available, you might want to make a trip to each of Yoforia’s 11 Atlanta locations. Between flavors like Almond Butter, Rose and Pumpkin Spice, no customer will have a problem filling his or her cup. Made with organic milk and organic yogurt, and topped with freshly chopped fruit, it doesn’t get much more all-natural than Yofaria.
Paolo’s Gelato Italiano
1025 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Need a sweet treat that’s either sugar free or non-dairy? Gelato could satisfy your craving. And with milk-based gelato typically being less than seven percent fat and fruit-based boasting a mere two percent, it’s kind to your summer waistline too. If you’d like to try your hand at making the ultimate gelato combination, build your own flavor on Paolo’s website and after two days, pick up your personalized gelato. Paolo’s is owned and run by Paolo Dalla Zorza, a native of Italy, so you’re getting the real Italian experience.
Best Frozen Margaritas:
1044 Greenwood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
Sometimes you are looking for an adults-only treat during the hot Atlanta summers, and luckily, Pozole provides just that. Pozole promises the best margaritas in Atlanta. Cool down with the Award Winning Pozole Margarita, made with Triple Sec and a house special sour mix. There are 13 different types to choose from with a few incorporating summer fruit tastes into the mix: raspberry, pomegranate, mango, peach and coconut. What could be better to accompany either a lazy summer lunch or a special evening meal than a margarita? Get one at Pozole’s either by the glass or the pitcher.
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King of Pops
1079 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
King of Pops has an impressive mission statement: “To provide an ecologically responsible, fresh, all natural frozen treat in a fun neighborhood environment.” Its list of flavors is equally impressive – and mouthwatering. With year-round popsicle flavors like Arnold Palmer, Grapefruit Mint and Chocolate Sea Salt and seasonal flavors like Plum Granita, Mango Habanero and Lemon Ricotta, this King has you covered. A true small business run by three brothers, these pops are perfect for summer, being both healthy and flavorful. You’ll be returning in no time.
Katy Light is an avid home cook. She loves nothing more than using home grown and harvested produce, milk from her own goats and naturally raised meat in her recipes. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.