Tuesday February 21st 2017

How To Be So Cold In The D

We get it. It’s so cold in the D. People actually still send us that video as if we’ve been hiding under a meme rock and have never seen it.

But now, since we’re smack in the middle of summer, we kind wish it were still so cold in D. Since we can’t force the hand of Mother Nature and we couldn’t find T-Baby, we made our own guide on how to beat the heat.

So if you’re about ready to leap into the Campus Martius Fountain the next time the temperature climbs, don’t. Read on instead to learn how to be so cold in the D.

And we all screamed for ice cream. (Photo: US Nat Archives)

Nevería La Michoacana
Kill two birds with one stone by checking out Neveria La Michoacana in Mexican Town. Not only can you cool off from the heat, but satisfy your sweet taste buds with the wide selection of flavored frozen treats. Agua frescas, ice creams, and fruit bars are few of the many things to quench your thirst and taste. Most of the items are authentic Mexican delicacies too! Muy delicisoso!

Family Treat
Get a lunch at this cute little joint and top it off with a little ice cream for dessert. This family owned business located in Southwest Detroit has been serving their frozen treats for nearly 30 years. The value and service will make you feel like you’re at home.

Hipster Beach
We’re big fans of the beaches around Belle Isle. We even wrote you a little guide to them last year. Read up and then head to Hipster Beach, a little patch of sandy fun past the Isle’s northern light house. PBR brews and fixed-gear bike optional.

Sala Thai
If you find yourself in the northern stretch of Eastern Market at high noon, head over to Sala Thai for a tall glass of Thai iced tea. This cold creamy tea is made by combining fragrant Thai tea with sweetened condensed milk and pouring the concoction over ice. One sip of the bright orange beverage is like slipping away to paradise.

The Raw Cafe
Stop by this raw vegan restaurant for a slice of their icy-cold raw chocolate cheesecake. The soy-free, non-dairy treat is sweetened with agave and full of rich cacao nibs. They have other treats, like refreshing pressed juices and raw key lime pie.

Cold Stone Creamery
Order a supersized sundae under a mountain of crushed Oreo and brownie pieces. It’s located in Greektown Casino right off Monroe. As if you didn’t already know that.

Astoria Pastry Shop
Fresh baked pastries, frozen drinks and ice cream. You will leave with a brain freeze and a food coma.

Drink a Boston Cooler
Although this cooler shares a name with Boston, it’s actually a Detroit born and bred classic. Make this cooler by whizzing vanilla ice cream and Vernor’s Ginger Ale in the blender. Poor the milkshake into a tall glass and, to add a touch of authenticity, sip while walking under the shady, tree-lined streets of the Boston-Edison district.

Detroit Zen Center
Sometimes you just need to zen out. The next time you’re hungry and it’s a million degrees outside, turn off your stove and head here. Follow the corridor to their cool downstairs cafe. You’ll sit cross-legged while blissing out on delicious raw, vegan delicacies like creamy kale salad and raw ice cream.

Motor City Brewing Works
Enter. Take seat at the bar. Ask for a cold one. Repeat.

Mootown Creamery
Generous portions of Hudsonville Ice Cream served in an old-school-style scoop shop. Get the Banana Split and sit in the back to people watch. Some of our favorite flavors are the Sleeping Bear Dunes Bear Hug, Michigan Deer Traxx and Detroit Girl Guava Java. We actually made the last one up.

PS – If you’re out in the suburbs, don’t forget to check out one of the Sander’s Ice Cream Parlors. No matter the temperature, we always want extras of their hot fudge. If you’re not in the ‘burbs, scope out your grocers sweets isle for the good stuff or order online.

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4 Responses to “How To Be So Cold In The D”

  1. Sanders says:

    I can’t believe you would leave “The Detroit Original”…Sanders, off this list. Sanders has been cooling Down the D since 1875.

    • Cam says:

      You’re right! How could we forget. I often dream of Sander’s Fudge over vanilla ice cream come summertime. PS- Your only two shops are outside of Detroit and that kind of breaks our heart…. any plans to bring the classic back to Detroit soon?

  2. Man, that opening line cracked me up. People send me that video to and have the nerve to be so self-satisfied when they do :)

    Imma have to hit these spots up.. next summer.

  3. GMC Denali says:

    I shouldn’t of read this article. Now i’m hungry! But yea i highly recommend the Hipster Beach, great place and great people. =)

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