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Cool Moon Ice Cream

1105 NW Johnson St.
Portland, Ore.
224-2021 | Website
Neighborhood: Pearl District

Winter hours noon-10 pm Sunday-Thursday, noon-10:30 pm Friday-Saturday.

Dessert people just love to draw a line in the cocoa between “adult” and “kids” sweets, usually based on bitterness and complexity. But one spoonful of a two-scoop sundae ($5), piled high with Oregon hazelnuts, housemade fudge and drippy amarena cherries at Eva Bernhard’s Pearl District ice cream parlor totally nukes all age barriers. Only aliens and the lactose intolerant could deny the appeal of chocolate laced with cinnamon and cayenne pepper (Spicy Xocolatl Crunch) or her basic but luscious cookies and cream (it’s even better if they’re serving the version laced with gingersnaps). Unusual flavors like the pistachio-and-cardamom-flavored Indian kulfi or spicy Thai chile draw in ice cream skeptics, but a sugar cone full of mint chip or buttermilk Marionberry swirl will make you feel like one of the kids playing across the street in Jamison Square. Psst: Pints of ice cream are only $4 every day from 4 to 6 pm. KELLY CLARKE.

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Cheap Eats 2010

Food Reviews & Stories
“All natural” as a moniker can often be interpreted as “unappetizingly healthful,” but Cool Moon’s product is neither. The Pearl District parlor’s rich, egg custard-based ice creams may use all-natural ingredients (there’s no green in their mint chocolate-ch   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2009

Food Reviews & Stories
Here in Gelato Land, Cool Moon is poised to bring back normal American ice cream. The employees strongly encourage you to taste as many housemade flavors as you like, and after a bout of bite-sized portions, nothing sounds better than the single size ($3.10), which can be split into one scoop each o   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Samantha Herman

Finder 2008

Food Reviews & Stories
Want fresh ice cream—not gelato or fro-yo? This is the real stuff—egg-based, French “custard-style” ice cream that lingers on your tongue. CHEAP.   More
Friday, July 4, 2008

Dish Review

Food Reviews & Stories
Freeze, Please   Cool Moon scoops up PDX’s ice cream dreams.   After a whole summer spent lamenting the lack of a real old-fashioned ice cream shop, Portlanders welcomed the Pearl District’s Cool Moon Ice Cream, which finally opened its doors in mid-December. Serving all-natura   More
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 JOANNA MILLER

Cheap Eats 2008

Food Reviews & Stories
The notion of an ice cream shop right on Jamison Square might be the biggest retail “no duh” of the year; this will be the spot to be for the under-10 set as the days grow warmer. If you’ve been wondering where to find fresh ice cream—not gelato or fro-yo—look no furthe   More
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 JOANNA MILLER
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