Reviews and Press

The Twin Cities is home to lots of great ice cream, so we take pride in the many awards, acknowledgments, and praise we’ve received since we opened in 2000. Many thanks our customers, fans and media who have recognized our ice cream!


Architecture Honor Award, AIA.

Top Places to Visit in Minneapolis, Allied.


Best Ice Cream, The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards.

27 of the Best Ice Cream Shops in America, Men’s Journal.


Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S., Food & Wine.


16 American Ice Cream Shops We Love,

Best of the Twin Cities – 2012 “Best Ice Cream Parlor”, City Pages.


Restaurant News: St. Paul-based Izzy’s to build ice cream factory in Press.

150 Best of the Year, 10 Eats We Love, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine.

Best of the Twin Cities – 2011, “Best Ice Cream Parlor”, City Pages.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Goes Local, Simple, Good and Tasty.

Best of Summer – 2011, 75 Things You Need To Do, Eat, and See, Minnesota Monthly.

We All Scream For Izzy’s Ice Cream, The Oracle.


Ice Cream Shop Uses RFID for Real Time Flavor Availability, Time Magazine.

Izzy’s High-Tech Ice Cream, Metro Magazine. (PDF)

High School Students Get Flavor of College, Help Nonprofit Taste Success at GopherBusiness, U of M – Carlson School News. (Article includes video)

Keeping Up with the Fast-Paced World of…Ice Cream Flavors? Minnesota Business. (PDF)

All You Can Eat – A Good Food Guide, Mpls St.Paul Magazine. (PDF)

A Little Ice Cream Business With a Taste for Innovation, Twin Cities Business. (PDF)

Albert Maruggi’s Marketing Edge coverage of Flavor Up

Scoop for Scoop, Metro Magazine.

Izzy’s Makes Best Root Beer Float, City Pages.

St. Paul’s Sweet Side, StarTribune/CW Twin Cities. (Video)

Ice cream shop offers latest scoop on web innovation in Minnesota, Minnpost.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Unveils Tech For Tracking Flavors,

Izzy’s Ice Cream Uses RFID Technology to Tell You the Flavors, Simple Good & Tasty.

Ice cream with (RFID) chips to go, Computer World.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Shop Shows Real-Time Scoop Levels With RFID Tags, AOL Tech.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Unveils Tech For Tracking Flavors, Twin Cities Business.

2010 Reader’s Choice Awards, Minnesota Monthly.

Hidden Gems – Izzy’s, Fox 9 News.


Izzy’s Featured on ABC5 KSTP’s ‘On The Road’ with Jason Davis

Recommended 101 Things To Do With Your Grandkids in St. Paul 2009,

Parents’ Picks Awards 2009. From May 5, 2009 to July 15, 2009, parents from all over the country voted for their favorite local family-friendly places. We won for Minneapolis/St. Paul Ice Cream Shop! Thanks to all who voted, and congrats to all the nominees!

2009 Reader’s Choice Awards, Minnesota Monthly.

FAB 50 – 2009, Lavender Magazine:

“Izzy’s is perfect for curbing any ice cream crave, from the sugary kid-kick of bubble gum and cotton candy to the more grown-up flavors like Dark Chocolate Zin or deliciously bitter Peace Coffee. With 31 delightfully tasty options, your friends, lovers, or kids will thank you for the treat. Every scoop gets a free ‘Izzy’ – a miniscoop of another flavor on top. Check out the special holiday spoonfuls: Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day and Dinosaur Egg for Easter.”


Throwdown with Bobby Flay at Izzy’s, Food Network.

One Scoop at a Time, Twin Cities Business.

Izzy’s Solar-Powered Ice Cream,


Best Ice Cream Shop in America 2005, Readers Digest.

The Scoop on Izzy’s, Consumer Goods Technology. (PDF)


St. Paul businesses going solar with the help of customers, Minnesota Public Radio.


Best Ice Cream Parlor in the Twin Cities – 2002, City Pages.

Best Place in Town for Dessert 2002,The Rake. Rake’s readers voted us number one place for dessert.

One of the Top 100 Things To Do in Minnesota – 2002, Twin Cities Taste. Our izzy scoop came in number 83:

“That cute little MINI-SCOOP of another flavor served on top of the scoop you order at Izzy’s ice cream parlor on Marshall in St. Paul and on Nicollet in Minneapolis.”

Best Shakes and Malts – 2002, Minnesota Monthly. Here’s they had to say:

“Izzy’s Ice Cream Café…makes the richest, creamiest, most unbelievably delicious ice cream, in grown-up flavors like Cherries Jubilee, Fig Tart, Norwegian Chai, and [Dark Chocolate Zin] dark chocolate with cocoa, red Zinfandel, and balsamic vinegar. Yep, all that in one flavor. These are intense taste sensations, and not for the faint of heart. Even a simple choice, like strawberry, is absolutely transporting to the tongue.”


Best Vanilla in the Twin Cities 2001, St. Paul Pioneer Press. In the summer of 2001 the St. Paul Pioneer Press did a taste test of local vanilla shops around the Twin Cities and rated each shop’s vanilla. The food reviewer, Gita Sitaramiah, conducted a rating system in which each vanilla ice cream was rated for price, quantity, flavors, and quality. The quality section of the rating scale read:

“A 10! Creamy!.” “Good vanilla flavor and not too sweet.”


Best New Ice Cream Spot 2000, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, December 2000. The first award we ever won. We even have a plaque at our shop signifying the honor. Here’s what they had to say about the young Izzy’s:

“With big-kahuna restaurants swarming the consumer ocean, it’s refreshing to see that neighborhoods still spawn little minnows. Izzy’s Ice Cream Café, is such a place, with all the ice cream—traditional flavors like French vanilla and butter pecan as well as more inventive offerings like Norwegian Chai and cream cheese—made on site. And with its unbeatable creaminess and deep, rich, flavor, what more could you want?”

…and here’s our first Press. Kathie Jenkins, food critic at the Pioneer Press, gave us our first publicity—a little food critic article, published on August 5, 2000. Although the review pointed out we needed some refinement in design and service areas (hey, we had only been open for about a week), it did give an overall favorable impression of our shop including a plug for our izzy scoop, and a favorable tasting of our house-made hot fudge.