Trevor and I were recently heading home from a visit to northern Ohio after a wonderful late lunch with his family. We weren’t quite ready for our little weekend getaway to be over, so we decided to stop in Historic Dublin for some ice cream. We had originally been headed to Jeni’s, trying to get some of the Brandied Banana Brûlée ice cream I’d had at a different location, but they weren’t carrying it in the Dublin store. Since the Brandied Banana Brûlée was a no-go, and since we hadn’t tried Johnson’s before, we decided to head over that way.
The original Johnson’s store is in Bexley, where all of their ice cream is made. The business is growing, with the company now servicing over 300 restaurants and two additional locations in Dublin and New Albany.
I’ve been wanting to try Johnson’s since a colleague of mine, who lives in Bexley, raved about it. I’d been planning to go last year when the Dublin shop opened only a mile or so from my workplace, but hadn’t gotten around to it until now!
Kudos to whoever designed the space, because the Dublin shop feels very welcoming and familiar, yet modern and stylish at the same time.
Johnson’s has a long list of flavors, ranging from traditional to creative. You can order scoops in cups or cones, as well as shakes, floats and sundaes. Some of their sundaes look absolutely life-changing, and I’m sure Trevor and I will be back for those at some point.
The employees were kind enough to let us sample whatever we wanted. I tried the Lemon Cha-Cha, Blueberry Pie and Raspberry Cheesecake, and ended up choosing the latter two. Trevor got the Get Butter, Pecan with the Salty Caramel Chocolate Pretzel. We found it funny that even though we’re both ice cream enthusiasts, our flavor preferences are so different; we each sampled the other’s choices and both agreed we liked the flavors we’d chosen ourselves best!
The ice cream itself is to die for. It’s perfectly creamy and tastes fresh; you can tell they use high-quality ingredients. In fact, Johnson’s prides themselves on their local approach, getting their ingredients as close to home as possible by sourcing from area family farms.
The weather was beautiful, so we decided to sit outside in their wonderful patio area. The storefront faces Bridge Street in Historic Dublin, so it’s excellent for people-watching and enjoying a breezy summer evening.
I’m positive that whether you visit the Dublin location or one of the other two stores, you’ll be impressed by Johnson’s. There are flavors to suit every taste, including the lactose intolerant and vegan among us… they have some killer sorbet!
What’s your favorite Johnson’s flavor? Let me know in the comments!