Frankie & Jo’s

Perfect For: Cheap Eats Quick Eats Vegetarians
PHOTOS: Suzi Pratt

You know that vegan/gluten-free friend you secretly resent for making you sacrifice your burger so that he/she has some hummus or a mushroom stir-fry or a tree branch to chew on? Frankie & Jo’s is the new dairy-free, wheat-free ice cream spot that will keep your friendship with this person intact.

As questionable as that concept sounds, this ice cream is so good that it could fool anyone who eats animal products and bread (and is perfect if you love the vegan ice cream at Molly Moon’s, but have had it already with the coconut milk). Some flavors are bizarre, like salted caramel ash (which is black, contains charcoal, and looks like a bowl of frozen tar) and “california cabin” (which has pine needles, cardamom, and probably hippie tears). If the idea of eating ingredients you’d find in the parking lot at Bonnaroo makes you queasy, the chocolate mint brownie flavor is a winner. Frankie & Joe’s is a pretty accurate glimpse into what the world would be like if Urban Outfitters opened a scoop shop, and there are only about a half-dozen seats -- both excellent reasons to take your cup or cone to-go.

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