Gray’s Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlor
One of the best

It is a fact that New England has the best ice cream in the nation; the question is: where in New England is the best of the best? Many aficionados vote for Gray’s, a one-of-a-kind shop that has been making its own since Ms. Gray opened in the kitchen of her home here in 1923. The ice cream is grand and dignified, as opposed to the giddy, silly sorts of high-priced pints that derive their personality from mix-ins of candy bars and cookies. Gray’s myriad flavors are simple and comprehensible, including all the usuals, plus New England favorites Grape-Nuts and frozen pudding. Note especially ginger ice cream, made from real ginger root, flecks of which dot the creamy white custard. And the coffee ice cream gets honored with “best of” awards year after year. It is an endearing kind of coffee flavor, creamy and just sweet enough, robust but not overcaffeinated or bitter.

Indeed, Rhode Islanders love all manner of coffee-flavored creamery concoctions, ranging from the ubiquitous “coffee milk” to Gray’s luscious coffee cabinet. Coffee milk is like chocolate milk, but made with coffee syrup instead of chocolate. A cabinet is Rhode Islandese for a foamy blend of milk, syrup, and ice cream – known elsewhere as a milk shake; here at Gray’s, order a coffee milk shake and you get coffee milk, i.e., nothing but milk and coffee syrup. Got that?

What to Eat
Gray’s Ice Cream, Ginger Ice Cream
Ginger Ice Cream
A very Rhode Island Duet: ginger ice cream on top, coffee ice cream on the bottom
Gray’s Ice Cream, Frozen Pudding Ice Cream
Frozen Pudding Ice Cream
A couple of New England's favorite flavors... frozen pudding on the right and Grape-Nuts on the left.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday6:30am - 9pm
Monday6:30am - 9pm
Tuesday6:30am - 9pm
Wednesday6:30am - 9pm
Thursday6:30am - 9pm
Friday6:30am - 9pm
Saturday6:30am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | | 1 min

Twenty-eight states have an official state drink. For several in dairy country, it is milk. In California, it is wine; in Maine, Moxie; in Indiana, water. Dine around Rhode Island and it becomes apparent what the Ocean State's official drink is: coffee milk. It is mild stuff -- more milk than coffee, and more sweet…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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