If Kyotofu were only more centrally located, it would be, without a doubt, my go-to soft-serve spot. Their soft-serve is made with a soymilk base producing slight and subtle nutty takes on all their flavors. They rotate, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly. But keep an eye out for the white sesame and seasonal pumpkin, my two favorites. Kyotofu also does an excellent, not-too-sweet milk chocolate soft-serve. And don't forget the toppings—a free one for each order, including matcha mochi or kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup) whipped cream.
The Soft Serve Fruit Co.
Dairy-free soft serve. Straightforward whole fruit, pureed and frozen with only two additions: filtered water and organic cane sugar. The result is a treat similar in consistency to traditional soft serve, only a touch icier. About as clean as you get, with no dairy, sodium, fat, or gluten. Flavors rotate, but expect to find banana, strawberry, apple, and my two personal favorites: blueberry and pear. While not particularly intense in flavor, it's clean with the lightly sweet, no-nonsense flavors of fresh fruit.
The Concrete Jungle is technically frozen custard whipped with goodies, but it falls under the soft serve mindset in my books. How can you go wrong with familiar flavors—a whirl of vanilla custard blended with hot fudge, peanut butter, and banana slices? The ever-reliable custard is laced with streaks of hot fudge, and every other spoonful promises at least a bit of banana. But the best is when you get the gooey peanut butter wrapped around a slice of banana, custard melting away in the background, and perhaps a whiff of that chocolate-y slow-oozing hot fudge.
Choosing from the rotating flavors of goat's milk soft-serve at Victory Garden is no easy feat; there's salted caramel, lemon poppy, coffee, and chocolate mastic, just to start. But you can never go wrong with the original, silky with the naturally pleasant tang of goat's milk. Pair with honey and nutty crumbled halvah and you've got yourself a little piece of heaven.
ChikaLicious Dessert Club
Cookies-N-Cream at ChiakLicious is a creation that couples their famous vanilla bean soft serve with a crushed "The Situation Dark" cookie. The cookie is broken into little pieces upon order, mixed with the soft serve in a big container, and spooned into a plastic cup. It's like the world's best McFlurry—the crushed cookie bits boast crushed salty pretzel, crunchy toffee popcorn, peanut butter chips, and, of course, chocolate all evenly blended into the soft serve. It towers over the tiny plastic cup, so ask for an extra cup to share, lest it topple over.