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    Having logged 61 years of operation, the Calder Brothers’ spot may be the last remaining Downriver dairy. They still make their ice cream fresh and serve it up in cones, malts and shakes in their own ice cream parlor. Whether you’re just getting a scoop to go or loading up by the gallon, their 38 flavors, ranging from reliable vanilla to cinnamony horshata, aim to please. The ice cream is reportedly fresh enough to draw the occasional out-of-state visitor.
    Nice french-style pastisserie. Everything is made on the premises. There are several café-type chairs available indoors. Serving Stucci's ice cream and frozen yogurt.
    Chocolate Bar Cafe featuring Alinosi Ice Cream & Chocolate
    Old-fashioned soda fountain serving classic sundaes, malts, real sodas and some of the best homemade chocolates around. Opened in 1921 in the city of Detroit – Detroit's oldest confectioner. Alinosi Ice Cream is proud to be featured in the book Food Finds: America's Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them (Harper Collins), and will also be featured on the Food Finds television show on the Food Network. Alinosi is still a family-owned business in its third generation. Sorry, the old soda fountain on East McNichols, while still intact, is not open to the public. But maybe someday....
    The Chocolate Gallery Cafe
    The Chocolate Gallery Café seems an incongruous name for a breakfast and lunch place, but this little eatery was built on desserts. The chocolate is spectacular and picture-perfect. And there are usually some non-chocolate options like carrot cake or lemon cheesecake. Breakfast choices include eggs and omelets, pancakes (buttermilk, chocolate chip or potato), French toast and eggs Benedict. The prices are sweet, too. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    With around 60 different flavors, Clark’s is a well-stocked roadside stand with a small lobby inside and benches and picnic tables outside. The stand has been in business for about 20 years, as Clark’s for the last 10. They sell Blizzard-like Clark’s Chillers, with soft serve, Oreos, M&Ms and Butterfingers. The most popular flavors of ice cream include moosetracks (a vanilla-chocolate mix with peanut butter cups) and amaretto cherry. Cones come in regular, sugar and waffle. A two-scoop cone runs between $3 (child’s size) and $3.75 (adult size).
    Cold Stone Creamery is the fastest growing ice cream franchise in the nation with over 260 store locations in 28 states. The premium ice cream, frozen yogurt and Italian sorbet are made fresh daily in each store. Cold Stone Creamery uses a signature granite stone to combine its creamy ice cream with a variety of mix-ins such as nuts and fresh fruit, soft fresh baked brownies and cookies, pie fillings, and chocolate and gummy candies. Giant decorated homemade waffle cones and bowls are available to enhance Cold Stone Creamery experience as well.
    Cold Stone Creamery takes ice cream very, very seriously. The servers sport T-shirts that read, “Friends don’t let friends eat grocery store ice cream.” The glossy franchise with more than 1,300 stores nationwide, this place serves some damn good ice cream; whatever Cold Stone lacks in mom-and-pop authenticiy, it has quality product. Servers add countless “mix-ins” to the premium ice cream on a frosty granite slab, folding in everything from fresh cake pieces to fruit to gummi bears. The store’s Royal Oak location is larger than many of the chain’s stores (which helps keep lines short) and has a cool, comfortable ambience unlike some of the smaller locations.
    Conga Coffee & Tea
    We serve authentic European-style espresso, cappuccino, cafe latte and other specialty drinks and offer a wide variety of green, black and herbal teas by the cup. We roast our coffee fresh each week in small batches and use only whole-leaf teas of the finest grade. We also offer a wide range of delectable goodies, including scones with Devonshire cream, muffins, bagels, cinnamon rolls, biscotti and other edibles. Come try the coffee and tea our customers rave about.
    On Monday, it’s Double Detroit Lions. Come Tuesday, it’s Butter Brickle. Wednesday is Candy Commotion. No, these aren’t secret plays in the Lions’ playbook; they’re different sundaes, flavors-of-the-day at Culver’s Frozen Custard. The Double Detroit Lions sundae is made with thick chocolate custard filled with Oreo cookie pieces and marshmallow crème. Or try the sundae with hot fudge, peanut butter sauce and Reese’s Pieces. The menu includes the burger that made them famous, the ButterBurger.

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