FYIDC: Best Bets — Brain Freeze Edition

Free ice cream and boozy gelato on the menu.

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(Photo by James Bowe via Flickr)

(Photo by James Bowe via Flickr)

National Ice Cream Day

Get your spoons ready — Sunday, July 21 is National Ice Cream Day, just in time to take the edge off our first official heat wave. Get the scoop, below.

The Diner
2453 18th St., NW
202-232-8800

Get your frozen fix at all hours of the day — they’re open 24 hours, seven days a week. All the more reason to try all of this popular spot’s hand-dipped ice creams: three scoops of confections like The Honey Badger (honey, bananas and vanilla) and Peanut’s Revenge (peanut butter and chocolate). If you’re really feeling frisky, go for an adult milkshake: booze, ice cream — and the piece de no resistance — a slice of pie mixed right in.

Dolcezza
1560 Wisconsin Ave. NW
202-333-4646

Following on the heels of its gelato and sorbetto push-pops, Robb and Violetta Duncan’s ode to the Italian frozen treat is offering half-price gelatos with the purchase of a small cup at full price. Try summer classics like blackberries and cream and cooling combinations like lemon opan basil (or both!). Don’t forget to download a coupon, here

Dolci Gelati
7000 Carrol Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
240-418-8359

Can’t get enough gelato? Kick it up a notch with boozy options from this Takoma Park newbie by Naples-born Gianluigi Dellaccio. This summer, Dellaccio is dishing out two flavors of Don Ciccio & Figli liquer-filled gelati: limoncello and “concerto,” a blend of espresso and 15 spices.

Union Market
Sunday, July 21
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
1309 5th St. NE
202-543-5459

And ending our ice cream round-up: Union Market plays host to this year’s Scoop. Watch as some of Washington’s best frozen sweets purveyors duke it out for the ultimate prize — best frozen dessert. Test your ability to withstand the ultimate brain freeze in the ice cream eating contest or just hang out with , games and free samples from contestants in the best of D.C. contest. What better way to spend a summer afternoon?

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