Dreaming of a warm Michigan spring day while wandering down Main Street in Northville, led me to a new ice cream spot called Browndog Creamery and Dessert Bar. Browndog Creamery produces small batch, artisanal ice cream in all sorts of really delicious flavors. Sampling is strongly encouraged so start with their best-selling flavor Salty Dog—a salted caramel ice cream swirled with salted caramel sauce, pecans and brownies. Another inventive flavor is Blood Orange Coconut Ice which is a great dairy free option. Browndog also serves vanilla and chocolate staple flavors daily.
As much as I love a good old scoop of chocolate, I had to try Game Time—a grown-up chocolate ice cream made with local stout, salted caramel sauce and chocolate dipped pretzels. The local beer was brewed at just around the corner at North Center Brewing Company (NCB). NCB’s Imperial Stout imparts a chocolate malt flavor with a barely perceptible 9.5% ABV (I promise). Though if you are looking for a sure chocolate fix, try Who Needs a Therapist for lots of dark chocolate and ribbons of peanut butter throughout.
Our ice cream server was proud to share that they use many local ingredients and all their milk is procured from Independent Dairy in Monroe.
All Browndog’s small batch flavors rotate quickly. Visit often and try them all. —Pam Aughe, R.D.