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Nevin Martell | Photo: Jen Cubas | May 22, 2014
The kid-friendly frozen treat is all grown up. Stop by these local spots for a gourmet reinvention of a summer classic—the ice cream sandwich.
Chef Ian Bens likes to think outside the icebox for flavor combinations. He stuffs sunny peach ice cream between thin Venezuelan chocolate wafers studded with candied tarragon. 2401 M St. NW, 202.457.5020
2. The Inn at Little Washington
You could call this a remixed ice cream sandwich. Rich butter pecan ice cream is packed between alternating layers of caramel and chocolate tuiles, then doused with hot caramel sauce. 309 Middle St., Washington, Va., 540.675.3800
This seasonally accented gourmet goody showcases rhubarb-lime ice cream during the warm months. To tweak tradition, Executive Chef Todd Wiss switches in flourless chocolate cake for the usual cookies. 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.861.1310
4. Food Wine & Co.
This tasty trio of sandwiches features pistachio ice cream on brioche, malted chocolate ice cream between chocolate chip cookies, and orange macarons concealing blood-orange sorbet. 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301.652.8008
5. Farmers Fishers Bakers
Perfect for sharing—or indecisive diners—this flight of four frozen goodies rotates regularly. It might include pecan shortbreads with strawberry ice cream and peanut butter rounds bookending chocolate ice cream. 3000 K St. NW, 202.298.8783