Todo Frio Ice Cream N More: An Afternoon at 2011's Best Ice-Cream Parlor
|The Guava Q at Todo Frio.|
The quirky decor and ode to Cuban nostalgia make Todo Frio an instant charmer. Throw in some spoon-lickin' tropical flavors, unique combos, and a friendly staff, and it's no surprise Todo Frio won New Times' Best Ice-Cream Parlor in this year's Best of Miami Awards.
Short Order recently spent an afternoon at Todo Frio sampling some menu items. Patrons know exactly what they are getting once they walk in. The ambiance speaks for the menu. A colorful Miami-tribute mural covers the counter wall, tiki-style cutouts decorate every inch of the parlor, and a talking bell greets guests as they enter. The TV plays big-band movie classics directly above an old domino table. The cones are named after key Miami neighborhoods and the shop sells candies and knick-knacks for the kiddos. Guests young and old come ordering their favorites, while others stumble upon Todo Frio after a day at the neighboring park. The toppings area even features a kiddie "doggy door" to slide orders through to the little ones (since they usually can't reach over the counter.)
Todo Frio takes these flavors and builds its signature sweet treats around them. One in particular revolves around the very pulse of daily Miami life: The cafecito. The Cafecito Joe takes a scoop of Energizer Joe ice-cream and tops it with a shot of fresh Cuban coffee. Those looking for more coffee than ice-cream can order the Cafecito Joe Jr.; a cup of coffee served with a mini spoon of Energizer Joe ice-cream.
|The Sizzling Pineapple.|
The Guava Q will touch the hearts (and palates) of those who grew up eating guayaba y queso. A scoop of guava ice cream is covered with white cheese chunks and hot guava syrup. The creamy, sweet ice cream contrasts perfectly with the salty cheese chunks.
Todo Frio has also recently launched a hot-food menu that features four culturally-themed hotdog toppings. El Cinco de Mayo (guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce, cheese, & tortilla chips), El Perro Cubano (pork, pickles, mustard, ham, & Swiss cheese), Mama Mia (mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, pepperoni, & black olives), and El Americano (chili & cheese.) The Cinco won. No regrets in the decision either.
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