First there was the ice-cream CSA for the lucky few. Then, pre-packed pints available at select merchants around town. Now, fans of locally based Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream — and all lovers of quality ice cream — can get their scoop on seven days a week: Millie’s has opened an ice-cream shop in Shadyside, just in time for the warm weather.
Millie’s, the brainchild of chef Chad Townsend and his wife and business partner, Lauren, has taken over the former Oh Yeah! space, and freshened it up with pink-and-white striped walls, a mural depicting the enterprise’s farm-to-cone process and a selection of seating options, including outdoor picnic tables. The cheerful staff wears matching aprons, and encourages taste-testing. (It slows down the line a bit, but you’ll appreciate it when it’s your turn.) The place smells delicious from the freshly pressed waffle cones.
There is small selection of flavors that rotates every three or four weeks. You can count on stalwarts such as “The BEST Chocolate” and “Chad’s Vanilla,” as well as the shop’s most popular flavor — a relative newcomer to the dessert scene — salted caramel. The adventurous can branch out with more exotic flavors such as Thai tea, five-spice honey, lavender vanilla or Vietnamese coffee. Expect more fresh-fruit flavors as the harvests come in; already there is a rhubarb sorbet.
It’s rich, fancy ice cream that’s worth a trip, and served at Pittsburgh prices: A single scoop is $3, a double is $4 (add $1 for a waffle cone). Big spenders can go for floats, sundaes or a gelato-and-brioche “sandwich.”