Cool Moon Ice Cream
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.