Two new places to get ice cream in the Bethesda area
At Little Red Fox, the charming Chevy Chase, D.C., coffee shop and market that opened in 2013, the bakery part of the business was so successful that owners Matt and Jena Carr had been looking for a larger space for it for two years. They didn’t have to go far; the kitchen and bath shop two doors down was vacating and its landlord offered the space to them. “We jumped on it,” Matt says. “Adding an ice cream and cake concept came later. We thought it would complement the other businesses on the block. A lot of families with kids go to Comet Pizza and to read at Politics and Prose.” Sugar Fox, specializing in house-made ice cream, cupcakes, sheet cakes and custom cakes, was born.
Head baker Lauren Parlato offers five or six ice creams and two or three sorbets on any given day. She uses dairy products from South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland. Early fan favorite ice creams include crème fraÎche with strawberry ribbon; peach pie (vanilla cinnamon ice cream, pie crust crumbles, fresh peaches); milk and brownies; strawberry; and espresso. Among the popular sorbets are lemon with candied hibiscus; dark chocolate; cantaloupe mint; prickly pear with lemon; and mango with chili and lime. The latest ice cream flavors Parlato has introduced are passion fruit with cocoa nibs, sage with rhubarb, and caramel with toffee. Be on the lookout for blueberry ice cream sandwiches made with corn cookies—a perfect marriage in one summer treat.
Sugar Fox, 5027 Connecticut Ave. NW, Chevy Chase, D.C.; 202-244-9500; sugarfoxdc.com
Comings & Goings
The Columbus, Ohio-based artisanal ice cream chain Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will open this fall on Elm Street on Bethesda Row. Also coming to Bethesda Row is Hawkers Asian Street Fare, a Florida-based chain that plans to open early next year.
Alexandria, Virginia’s Junction Bakery & Bistro will open in The Collection at Chevy Chase in early 2020.
Minnesota-based chain Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar closed in Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda in April.