July is known for many things—perfect weather, food festivals, and countless outdoor activities. The fact that July also happens to be National Ice Cream Month puts the cherry on top of this extra sweet (horrible pun intended) month. Here at Ethnic Seattle we thought, ‘what better way to celebrate than highlighting our favorite minority, women, and people of color (POC)-owned businesses?’ So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We are featuring at least two great local ice cream spots everyday—up until National Ice Cream Day on July 16—so that you can celebrate right.

Veronica Yu
July 15, 2017


This month, we are taking ice cream as our main course. But an entrée is always better when cushioned with other courses, right? Here is the scoop on two spots you should visit for ice cream AND an additional attraction.


Full Tilt Ice Cream


Photos via @sweetnseattle, Full Tilt’s Instagram, and @shelbyavb.


There is no better place to celebrate than at Full Tilt Ice Cream. Whether your cause for celebration is National Ice Cream Month, a birthday, or just the fact that summer has arrived in Seattle, the good vibes at Full Tilt guarantee to put you in a party mood. Full Tilt is part pinball parlor, part ice cream parlor, and 100 percent fun. Combining new and old school arcade games, sodas, music, and local artwork, founders Ann Magyar and Justin Cline cultivate spaces where neighborhood friends and family can gather. According to their website, the concept for Full Tilt was inspired by the fact that Magyar once lived above a pinball parlor. Full Tilt ice cream is all-natural and features flavors like Thai Iced Tea, Birthday Cake, and Mango Chili (one of six vegan flavors). Be sure to pack your coins, your appetite, and your pinball A-game when you visit one of their four locations across Seattle.

 Try the: Coffee Oreo and the vegan Almond Bliss.

Hours/Location: Hours vary across the four locations in White Center, Columbia City, U-District, and Ballard. Check their website for full details. You can also find Full Tilt Ice Cream for sale in many retail stores and restaurants across Seattle and at a new walk-up window in Pioneer Square.



 Trove Parfait

Photos via Trove’s Instagram


‘X’ marks the spot at Trove Parfait, where treasure takes the form of Korean-inspired frozen custard creations. When Chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirichi opened Trove in 2014, they took old school custard to the next level with elements like coconut jasmine boba and champagne jello. One of the highlights is the calamansi frozen custard, made from the citrusy fruit native to the Philippines. Parfait is just one-fourth of the experience at Trove, though. This complex serves up traditional Korean barbecue on tabletop grills, beer at the bar and fresh hand-pulled noodles cooked to order. Whether you stop by for the custard or for an extended culinary experience, you are sure to strike gold. 

Try the: Razzmatazz soft-serve parfait (calamansi frozen custard with champagne jello and raspberry pop rocks) and the Midnight Society frozen parfait (double chocolate frozen custard with triple chocolate walnut cookie and salted caramel).

Hours/Location: noon-10pm Sunday-Thursday and til 11pm Friday-Saturday on Capitol Hill at 500 E Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122.

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