STORY BY DARBY DOYLE
tahns are legendarily cuckoo for ice cream, being some of the biggest consumers of the sweet stuff in the United States. Hopping scoop shops, concrete mix-in cafes and soft serve venues swirl year-round to a constant stream of ice cream lovin’ regulars. For downtown’s denizens, the options have never been better. Here are some of our top picks totally worth the brain freeze. Last Course Dessert Studio With several locations in Utah, Last Course (115 S. Regent St, lastcourse.com) has the local favorites dialed in. Decadent 50
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cakes, airy crepes, sharable waffle sundaes and the scoops menu has all choices you’d expect at a classic ice cream shop. But what sets this spot apart? Last Course rewards adventurous ice cream eaters with crazy-like-a-fox flavor combos like rosemary-honey, smoked maple bacon, creamy pear and blue cheese (it works!), jalapeño berry and monthly surprise flavors. Capo Gelateria Italiana The famed frozen treat of Italy, gelato is made from milk (instead of cream) and churned slowly to reduce the amount of air whipped
into the mix. This makes for a distinctively dense, velvety and flavor-packed scoop. At Capo Gelateria Italiana (260 S. 200 West, capogelateria.com), all of the rich gelati and vibrantly-hued fruit sorbetti are made in-house with top-notch ingredients in small batches. Monkeywrench Plant based. Vegan. No matter what you prefer as the descriptor, it’s all things delicious at Monkeywrench (53 E. Gallivan Ave, @ monkeywrench_slc). Stop by this cheerful cafe for non-dairy scoops of 16 rotating flavors made with the shop’s cashew-coconut blend and all natural colors and flavors. Check out seasonal collaborations
with local brands like Kiitos Brewing, like a decadent double chocolate coconut stout liberally rippled with chocolate fudge. Monkeywrench’s sunny Gallivanadjacent patio is one of the best perks of summertime in downtown Salt Lake City. I Top Left Photos: Last Course Dessert Studio. Right Side Photos: Monkeywrench. Bottom Center Photos: Capo Gelateria Italiana.
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