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Seven Essential Portland Area Ice Cream Shops

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It's the time of year where a daily ice cream is pretty much a necessity. Here's a week's worth of places in the Portland area (so either in Portland, or a town next door) that will not disappoint. You'll find everything from the classics to the hot pepper-infused. There may even be a secret, off-menu shake.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Smiling Hill Farm

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781 County Rd
Westbrook, ME 04092
(207) 775-4818
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Located on a dairy farm just a short ride from downtown Portland, you know the ice cream is freshly made. Kids love the petting zoo. Everyone loves the ice cream.

2. Catbird Creamery

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846 Main Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
(207) 854-0500
If you're not looking for it, it's easy to miss. That would be a tragedy, because owner Andrew Warren, a former pastry chef at Five Fifty-Five, produces some wonderful flavors. Like Furious George: hot pepper ice cream with caramelized bananas and chocolate chunks.

3. Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream

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51 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 210-3432
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This is the Old Port location of the micro-chain, which is rooted in Bar Harbor (Obama had the Coconut while there). The super rich and creamy flavors (often changing) include The Dude, Cereal Milk and Bay of Figs.

4. Beal's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt

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12 Moulton St
Portland, ME
(207) 828-1335
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In 30+ years, Beal's has grown to five Portland-area locations. The numerous flavor choices include the classic (Peppermint Stick), the trendy (Salted Caramel) and the unique (Teaberry). They'll let you know which ones were just made.

5. Captain Sam's Ice Cream

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136 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 619-7211
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A small, friendly, pirate-themed place serving up house-made, small-batch flavors featuring top-notch ingredients. What's not to love?

6. Red's Dairy Freeze

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167 Cottage Rd
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-7506
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A seasonal SoPo soft-serve institution since 1952. The strawberry soft-serve made with fresh, local berries is only available for a week or so each summer, but it's the stuff of legend. Then there's the secret, off-menu Boston Shake. We've already said too much.

7. Willard Scoops

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429 Preble Street Extension
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 232-3618
This neighborhood shop in Willard Square churns out creative, made-in-house flavors like Sunburn (strawberry habanero), Nutella and Carrot Cake. There are usually about two dozen flavor options, and the beach isn't far away.

1. Smiling Hill Farm

781 County Rd, Westbrook, ME 04092
Located on a dairy farm just a short ride from downtown Portland, you know the ice cream is freshly made. Kids love the petting zoo. Everyone loves the ice cream.
781 County Rd
Westbrook, ME 04092

2. Catbird Creamery

846 Main Street, Westbrook, ME 04092
If you're not looking for it, it's easy to miss. That would be a tragedy, because owner Andrew Warren, a former pastry chef at Five Fifty-Five, produces some wonderful flavors. Like Furious George: hot pepper ice cream with caramelized bananas and chocolate chunks.
846 Main Street
Westbrook, ME 04092

3. Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream

51 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
This is the Old Port location of the micro-chain, which is rooted in Bar Harbor (Obama had the Coconut while there). The super rich and creamy flavors (often changing) include The Dude, Cereal Milk and Bay of Figs.
51 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Beal's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt

12 Moulton St, Portland, ME
In 30+ years, Beal's has grown to five Portland-area locations. The numerous flavor choices include the classic (Peppermint Stick), the trendy (Salted Caramel) and the unique (Teaberry). They'll let you know which ones were just made.
12 Moulton St
Portland, ME

5. Captain Sam's Ice Cream

136 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
A small, friendly, pirate-themed place serving up house-made, small-batch flavors featuring top-notch ingredients. What's not to love?
136 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Red's Dairy Freeze

167 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106
A seasonal SoPo soft-serve institution since 1952. The strawberry soft-serve made with fresh, local berries is only available for a week or so each summer, but it's the stuff of legend. Then there's the secret, off-menu Boston Shake. We've already said too much.
167 Cottage Rd
South Portland, ME 04106

7. Willard Scoops

429 Preble Street Extension, South Portland, ME 04106
This neighborhood shop in Willard Square churns out creative, made-in-house flavors like Sunburn (strawberry habanero), Nutella and Carrot Cake. There are usually about two dozen flavor options, and the beach isn't far away.
429 Preble Street Extension
South Portland, ME 04106

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