Eating ice cream is always a fun experience, but eating homemade ice cream served out of a fresh waffle bowl is even better. The latest addition to New Orleans' frozen treat scene is Ice Cream 504 (2511 Jena St., 504-914-5138; www.icecream504.com), a one-of-a-kind ice cream parlor located off the Freret Street corridor near Napoleon Avenue.
Occupying a bright blue, diminutive building with glittery, colorful vinyl booths, Ice Cream 504 opened in early fall and prides itself on the fact that every flavor of ice cream (roughly 12, depending on the day) is created and scooped in-house.
The ice cream is made without gums, preservatives or stabilizers, and every flavor (except for strawberry cheesecake) is gluten-free. Recent choices have included butter pecan, mango sorbet, blueberry basil and creamy, soft sweet potato pie, a seasonal specialty. More seasonal flavors are in the works for the holiday season.
Ice Cream 504 is open from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.