15 places to find the best ice cream, cool treats in Murfreesboro and Smyrna

Now that warm weather has arrived, you’re probably thinking about how to cool off.

Whether you like popsicles, ice cream or shaved ice, there’s something in Rutherford County to suit your tastes. Check out these local favorites.

MURFREESBORO
Bubba Gandy’s

2445 Memorial Blvd., 615-956-6590

While you might think about seafood when you visit Bubba Gandy’s, think cool treats, too. The shop now offers made-to-order Snoballs with flavors like tiger blood and bubble gum to strawberry daiquiri and Mardi Gras king cake. Top your shaved ice with sweetened-condensed milk, whipped cream and caramel. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Thai rolled ice cream is something you have to see to believe.

(Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

Top Grill

2855 Medical Center Parkway, 615-295-2538

Hand-crafted rolled ice cream starts with a creamy liquid base that is poured onto a super-chilled metal plate. Ingredients are chopped and mixed into the base with metal spatulas, then spread across the cold plate that freezes everything. Once frozen, spatulas are used to roll up the dessert. The rolls are then placed in a cup and served up with whipped cream and other toppings. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Andy’s Frozen Custard

2262 Memorial Blvd., 615-396-3230

Enjoy sweet treats like shakes, sundaes, malts, banana splits and the famous Concrete dessert, all with house-made Andy’s custard. There are also Andy’s creations that have house-made cakes and pies stuffed inside. Hours are 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

Culver’s features freshly made custard.
Culver’s

2993 S. Rutherford Blvd., 65-624-6713; 2411 Medical Center Parkway, 615-624-6677

Thick chocolate and vanilla frozen custard is made throughout the day and served with toppings, in shakes, malts, floats and sundaes. There’s also the Concrete Mixer that features a variety of flavors. You’ll also find frozen lemon ice. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Hattie Jane’s Creamery

116 N. Church St., 615-203-3531

Hattie Jane’s artisan ice cream offers a variety of flavors: Mulekick (made with coffee), Nana Puddin’ and toasted coconut, to name a few, served in a cup or cone with your choice of toppings. There’s also shakes, floats, ice cream sandwiches and parfaits. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Soda Bar

The Fountains at Gateway, 1500 Medical Center Parkway, 615-696-7923

The Soda Bar dessert shop serves 16 flavors of specialty ice creams and 12 craft sodas on tap, which can be paired with ice cream to create an array of colorful floats. The eatery also offers Hawaiian shave ice. Hours are 12-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1:30-8 p.m. Sunday.

Dairy Queen

510 Cason Lane, 615-216-5814; 1725 Memorial Blvd., 615-893-4637; 2910 S. Rutherford Blvd., 615-217-4099

For nearly 80 years, Dairy Queen’s soft-serve ice cream has been a cool treat for millions. Get your cone dipped in chocolate or butterscotch. Try novelty treats like the Dilly Bar or Buster Bar. And then there’s the famous Blizzard, which has been around more than 30 years. Hours vary at each location.

Baskin-Robbins

2170 Old Fort Parkway, 615-890-3877; 1723 Memorial Blvd., 615-895-3145

There are some "strange things" afoot at Baskin-Robbins. This summer enjoy one of the frozen treats created to pair with the Netflix original series, "Stranger Things." There’s the Elevenade Freeze frozen lemonade, the Demogorgon Sundae, and Upside Down Pralines ice cream in an Upside Down Sundae. Of course, there are still the normal shakes, banana splits, ice cream cakes and just plain ol’ ice cream. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

132 St. Andrews Drive, 615-962-9494

Fresko offers frozen treats like ice cream, sorbet and fresh fruit paletas (ice pops). You can also get a milkshake made with any flavor ice cream as well as ice cream sundaes, banana splits, and specialty Mexican frozen treats like the mangonada. Everything is handmade with no artificial colors or flavorings.Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

Paletas La Desi

1679 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro, 615-439-6180

Choose from more than 40 kinds of popsicles from traditional favorites: lime, strawberry, cookies and cream, to unusual, you-should-try finds like guava, avocado, pine nut and Mexican caramel. All of it is homemade. You’ll also find other frozen treats like ice cream and sorbets. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 12-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Sweet Cece’s

2615 Medical Center Parkway, The Avenue, 615-849-1060

Frozen soft-serve yogurt and sorbets are available you can top with items such as fresh fruit, candy, cereal and sundae sauce. You can weigh and pay, or pay a flat rate for a serving. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12-7 p.m. Sunday.

SMYRNA
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Top your self-serve frozen yogurt with a variety of toppings. The treat is sold by weight.

Janarty’s Homemade Ice Cream

111 Front St., 615-918-0085

This family-owned ice cream shop makes everything from scratch using premium ingredients. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

Karin’s Kustard & Hamburgers, 470 S. Lowry St. in Smyrna, is a throwback to the days of the dairy bar.
Karin’s Kustard and Hamburgers

470 S. Lowry St., 615-220-0440

The frozen custard served at Karin’s is a buttermilk-based treat offered in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, lemon and strawberry — or a twist of two flavors. Also get your cone of cream dipped in chocolate, butterscotch and cherry. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 12-8 p.m. Sunday.

La Fruta Loca

37 S. Lowry St., 615-462-6040

It’s all about the fruit at La Fruta Loca. You’ll find handmade popsicles, frozen yogurt and sorbets. Fruits are cut fresh. You’ll also find a wide variety of traditional Mexican desserts such as fresas con crema (strawberries and cream), banana con chococrema (bananas, chocolate and cream) and the mangonada. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

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Reach reporter Nancy De Gennaro at 615-278-5148 or degennaro@dnj.com, and follow her on Twitter @NanDeGennaro.

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