Savannah, Ga’s Leopold’s Ice Cream: worth the calories since 1919


In hot weather especially, the kid in me wants to stop at every ice cream store that crosses my path. The adult in me knows better. Savannah, Georgia has a number a home-grown dessert makers: candies, cookies, pies, honey. I had already indulged in some of sweet stuff while in town . . . but I can’t resist the temptation of locally made ice cream! My Waterloo was Leopold’s Ice Cream.

They’ve been in business since 1919 and the place was mobbed when I went there. I was lucky to snag a table! A family-owned business, they’ve always had a Hollywood connection: songwriter Johnny Mercer lived a block away and wrote “Tutti Frutti” after their signature flavor. One son went to Hollywood and re-opened the temporarily closed shop with the help of Academy Award nominated set designer Dan Lomino. The black marble counters, Art Nouveau light fixtures . . .it’s got old-fashioned charm!

They serve savory Southern favorites as well . . . including pimento cheese sandwiches and soup made from scratch.

Tutti Frutti has a very rich custard-like base, with bits of nuts, and candied fruit. They also have all kinds of other interesting flavors, like rose petal . . . but we have to keep it to a dull roar!

Credit: Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Esq.