Check, please: We all scream for soft-serve ice cream

  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 4:43 PM

A full dining room at the Wise Acre Eatery, 5401 Nicollet Ave South, Mpls, MN] TOM WALLACE • twallace@startribune.com __Assignments #20018935A_ July 14, 2011_ SLUG: rn0728_ EXTRA INFORMATION: The Wise Acre Eatery restaurant, 5401 Nicollet Ave South, Mpls, MN, has been open for a couple months. People: A portrait of Chef, (CQ) Beth Fisher, and a portrait of Fisher and GM (CQ)Caroline Glawe. Food: Fried chicken, "Shades of Summer" salad, and the custard sundae of the day. _Names were CQ'ed from Bis cards ORG XMIT: MIN2013031314160691

When Wise Acre Eatery replaced a former frozen custard stand, chef Beth Fisher didn’t ignore the leftover custard-making machines. Her tangy organic version — there’s always chocolate and vanilla — is best enjoyed in the audacious samplers for two ($10) or four ($15), which boast a flurry of irresistible toppings (bacon peanut brittle!) and sauces (rhubarb caramel!).

5401 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-2577, www.wiseacreeatery.com

At World Street Kitchen, chef/co-owner Sameh Wadi doesn’t shy away from his weakness for soft-serve ($5). Choose from a smooth, custard-inspired sundae that’s all salted caramel, chocolate, marshmallow and smoked almonds, or a colorful mango-passion fruit version (vegan, using coconut and soy milks) crowned with an apricot chutney and crunchy puffed wild rice.

2743 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-424-8855, www.eatwsk.com

Don’t even think of leaving Pizzeria Lola without indulging in chef/owner Ann Kim’s sublime vanilla soft-serve ice cream, splashed with fruity olive oil and a sea salt garnish ($5). Yes, it’s that good.

5557 Xerxes Av. S., Mpls., 612-424-8338, wwwpizzerialola.com

RICK NELSON

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