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Some of the best soft-serve in D.C. isn’t found at places that specialize in frozen treats. A few top D.C. chefs are putting their own flourishes on the summertime staple with flavors like rose water and toppings like wasabi peas. Here are three restaurants where you’ll want to stay for dessert.
Daikaya 705 6th St. NW The ramen shop and izakaya recently introduced a vanilla soft-serve that comes with three topping choices: Calpico-yogurt sauce with crushed wasabi peas and crispy chocolate balls; avocado-yuzu sauce with toasted coconut; or ichimi pepper-chocolate sauce with toasted hazelnuts.
Doi Moi 1800 14th St. NW Flavors rotate often at the Southeast Asian restaurant but have included offerings like purple yam, cucumber, rose water, and pandan (a tropical plant). There are usually two flavors on the menu at a time, which can be swirled, and are served in three mini waffle cones.
Lunchbox 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW This fast casual sandwich and salad spot from chef Bryan Voltaggio serves two staple flavors: blueberry and cheesecake. Obviously, your best option is a swirl. Toppings include granola, pecans, and sprinkles.
Photos by Jessica Sidman