#82: Gold Coast Chocolate Ice Cream at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream



  • Ian Froeb
St. Louis is a frozen custard town, of course, and many of the area's ice-cream parlors are national chains. In other words, merely by existing, Serendipity stands out. This, though, is no mere participation ribbon. Serendipity's ice cream is a delicious, decadent treat.
My ice-cream tastes tend toward the conservative: I like pure, strong flavors -- preferably a single flavor, two max. Serendipity's Gold Coast Chocolate is right in my wheelhouse: dark, dark chocolate, sweet but not too sweet, lightly bitter on the finish. (It goes without saying that it lacks the strange chemical aftertaste of mass-produced conventional "chocolate" ice cream.) The body is extraordinarily rich -- so much so that, contrary to my usual gorging ways, even the regular-size scoop pictured here is more than enough for me.

Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
8130 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves
$2.74 (regular size)

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


#83: Hot salami (salam de testa) at Gioia's Deli
#84: Veal parmesan sandwich at Biggie's
#85: Nachos (with jalapeños and extra cheese cup) at Busch Stadium
#86: Lobster bisque at Café Ventana
#87: Calamari fritti at Mangia Italiano
#88: Brisket sandwich at Winslow's Home
#89: Paletas at La Vallesana 2
#90: Spaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria
#91: The Michael burger at Michael's Bar & Grill
#92: Fried egg and ham toastie at the Schlafly Tap Room
#93: Bavarian chips with Welsh rarebit at Dressel's
#94: Onion soup at Brasserie by Niche
#95: Baby-back ribs at 17th Street Bar & Grill
#96: Kingshighway burger at the Royale
#97: Gyro sandwich at South Grand Gyro Express
#98: Carne asada tacos at El Paisano (Watson Road)
#99: Pretzel bites at Joey B's on the Hill
#100: Hot and sour soup at Shu Feng Restaurant