Ten Favorite Cold (and Frozen!) Phoenix Foods

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Katie Johnson
Mary Coyle banana split
Yeah, yeah, it's hot outside, but we're not complaining. We're putting on our rose-colored glasses and looking at the brighter side of summer: eating as much ice cream as we want.

Okay, maybe we can't (or shouldn't) eat ice cream everyday, but we can try to cool off this summer with cold and delicious foods from around town. Wanna know what our favorites are? Here are 10 ways we cool off, in a culinary way. (Warning -- food porn ahead!)

Photo by Gabriella Jaffee
Paletas Betty
10. Every Flavor from Paletas Betty -- Better than your average popsicle, these handmade gourmet cold treats made from fresh seasonal fruit and hand-ground spices are a must for the summer months. We're partial to the exotic flavors of the Sandia with icy watermelon and earthy basil and the creamy chocolate with a slight spicy kick, but you really can't go wrong with any of the cool flavors.

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Katie Johnson
Mary Coyle's banana split
9. The Standard Banana Split from Mary Coyle -- One ripe banana, three scoops of housemade ice cream covered with pineapple, fudge, and strawberries, a mountain of whipped cream, chopped nuts, all topped off with the essential cherry equals the perfect summer throwback treat. Mary Coyle's has been a Phoenix ice cream institution since 1951 and when we're looking to cool down with a giant bowl of ol' fashion ice cream, this is our go-to spot.

Katie Johnson
Caribbean Salad from Pita Jungle
8. The Caribbean Salad from Pita Jungle -- This is not your mama's fruit salad. It's more like a fruit salad on steroids. Pita Jungle piles up big chunks of pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, bananas, grapes, and whatever fruit may be in season and finishes the colorful mix off with a dusting of shredded coconut and a light and tangy strawberry vinaigrette. This pretty salad is giant, so bring a friend to help you enjoy the cool fruit flavors.

Gabriella Jaffee
Roka Akor Ice
7. Shochu Cocktails from Roka Akor -- Yes, Roka Akor makes some of the best sushi in the United States, but it also makes a mean shochu-infusion cocktail. The Japanese spirit is made from a variety of starches, has a low alcohol percentage, and an almost odd grainy taste. The upscale Scottsdale restaurant infuses its shochu with the exotic flavors of honeycomb, pineapple, and Fuji apples and then serves it over ice that has been hand-chipped from the beautifully clear block of frozen water that sits on the bar. It's one of the most memorable cocktail experiences in the Valley and can turn a 115-degree day into a great one.

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Location Info

Paletas Betty

425 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor - CLOSED

5521 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pita Jungle

1250 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Altos Ranch Market

1602 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Next Coffee Co. - CLOSED

19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lee's Cream Liqueur - CLOSED

7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Gallo Blanco Cafe

401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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