I’m not really even an ice cream person. I don’t buy it at the store and don’t keep it at home. If I eat it out, I always add bananas to cut the sweet. So what am I doing at Frankie & Jo’s, the new “plant-based” ice cream parlor on a very windy 34 degree Saturday? Oh, yeah. Waiting in line with 12 other people to sample and then buy one of their out-of-this world, never-tasted-before ice creams, that’s what!
Yes, yes, this isn’t the place you bring a bunch of kids, because you’ll leave with your wallet empty. $6 will get you a standard scoop (which is pretty large, like two scoops, good for sharing). I was stoked that they offered a mini size, that you can buy even if you aren’t a kid for $4. But which ever you go for, I’m telling you, it is worth it. And at the standard size, they can split between two flavors.
I’ve tried the Salted Caramel Ash (10 out of 10), Winter Dreamcicle (10 out of 10) it has carrots in it(!), California Cabin, made with pine needs and pepper flavored shortbread cookie chunks (10 out of 10), and have sampled about 4 hour other flavors, including the Beet Rose Strawberry Sorbet (10 out of 10) which is the most flavorful frozen treat I’ve ever had. These aren’t novelty weird tastes, but really unique and next-level flavor combinations. Check out their flavors!
Every flavor was delicious, worth having again, and not a single one was dull, goopy, or overly sweet. The base is made from sprouted cashews and coconut and somehow this combination makes for the smoothest, richest, but doesn’t-make-you-feel-ill ice cream ever invented. They even have a flavor that is sweetened with dates for those need to or want to avoid processed sugar. Their cones and vegan and gluten-free. And, they source their chocolate from a company that is on the Food Empowerment Project recommended list.
They are going to do well, especially right across the street from Sizzle Pie. But I think they are going to do well, not just because they offer vegan options, and not just on their location, but because of the extremely high quality, flavor, and texture of their ice cream. Everyone will love it! Despite it being a little fancy for my every day taste, I’m sure I’ll be back time and again.
I know it’s cold outside, but you won’t regret trying them out!
Frankie & Jo’s
1010 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
Bus lines: 2, 9, 11, 12, 43, 49, 60, 84, and the ID to Cap Hill street car
Sunday — Thursday 2 — 10pm
Friday — Saturday 2 — 11pm