Jeni's Ice Creams
59 Spruce St
Columbus, OH 43215
Whoever "Jeni" is, she must be rolling in the dough.
Jeni's Ice Creams is a goldmine. There is constantly a line out the door no matter what hour of the day or what time of the year (the beauty is Jeni's is open in the winter and late night)!
The long line (which is totally worth it by the way) could be sped up a bit, but the employees graciously encourage you to try any and every flavor you want with a free baby spoon sized sample! The flavors of ice cream are so unique that you can't NOT try most of them.
The signature flavors you can't pass up are Salty Caramel (I gather it to be the most popular...a perfect mix of sweet and salty), Queen City Cayenne (intriguing with a spicy kick to it that sticks with you), and The Buckeye State (if you're a true Ohioan - er, Buckeye - you'll induldge in this peanut butter and chocolate pasttime). And if you're in the mood for sorbet, you owe it to yourself to try Cherry Lambic, which is made with real alcohol! ;-)
There are also seasonal flavors which pop up in the summer. My personal favorite is Backyard Mint (simple, but earthy and pure), Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries (corn is an Ohio staple, after all), and the Blueberry & Lemon yogurt.
You honestly can not go wrong at Jeni's. And if you for whatever reason end up with something you don't quite like, then it's your own fault for not taking advantage of the sampling process before ordering!
Ice cream is available in sugar, cake, and waffle cones, dishes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and the list goes on.
The prices are a little more than some other ice cream joints ($4 for a small), but it's chock-full of authentic ingredients made right here in Columbus and bursting with flavor!
If the Short North location is a bit far for you, Jeni's can also be found at the North Market, in Bexley, Grandview, and Dublin. Give it time and I am sure Jeni's will sprout more and more locations and soon be everywhere.
This location is perfect for a date or for a nice summer stroll through Goodale Park. You can also purchase Jeni's Ice Creams at the following locations in Ohio.