Food & Wine magazine has discovered what we Sacramentans have known for a long time: Gunther’s Ice Cream is the best. In California, that is. In a survey of the best ice cream in each of the 50 states, the magazine touted the 72-year-old River City institution. “Like moths to flame on a warm summer’s evening, this bright, classic shop with the unmistakable neon sign draws locals young and old to a relatively quiet corner in the Curtis Park neighborhood for scoops of house-made black walnut and the lemon custard, or one of their exceedingly popular fruit freezes, a fitting treat in a town surrounded by many an orchard and grove,” writes journalist David Lansel. In addition to house-made ice cream in several dozen flavors, Gunther’s also offers ice cream cakes, ice cream pies and “handmade novelties” such as mini ice cream cones, chocolate-covered bananas, chocolate-dipped cheesecake and “oatwheels”: oatmeal cookie sandwiches filled with vanilla ice cream and dipped in chocolate. Incidentally, the neon sign mentioned by Food & Wine is one of the most distinctive and recognizable in Sacramento: A character called “Jugglin’ Joe” flips a scoop of ice cream from a scooper in his right hand to a cone in his left.
2801 Franklin Blvd.; (916) 457-6646; www.gunthersicecream.com