TIVERTON — Gray’s Ice Cream, the 86-year-old sundae shop in Tiverton, has been named one of America’s Best Ice Cream Shops by Travel + Leisure magazine.
“Gray’s has been an institution in Tiverton, across the river from Newport, since 1923, when Annie Gray turned her house into a casual ice cream parlor in the historic Four Corners section of town,” Tom Austin wrote for the magazine’s Web site. “Current owner Marilyn Dennis keeps the standards on the menu for the old-timers, while adding such newer hybrids as strawberry cheesecake.”
As for recommendations, Austin added: “Frozen pudding, a rum-based ice cream loaded with apricots and raisins, is a Gray’s tradition and not something even die-hard ice cream fanatics encounter every day.”
Gray’s was one of nine establishments chosen for the online feature. Others include Richardson’s Ice Cream in Middleton, Mass., and Reading, Mass., and the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, Vt.
“July is national ice cream month — not that we need any additional encouragement to indulge,” Austin wrote. “And every area of the country has its own legendary ice cream parlor or two, welcoming refuges that provide a cooling escape from the heat of a summer’s day — along with some serious culinary pleasure.”
He also praised a local favorite, writing: “‘Cabinets’ are Rhode Island vernacular for milkshakes, with the coffee version — coffee ice cream, a dose of coffee syrup, and milk — a constant standout.”
Gray’s is not the only Ocean State establishment getting attention on the Travel + Leisure Web site. Darrell Harman, a frequent contributor to the magazine, published a blog post yesterday praising the newly updated Stone House in Little Compton.