It's a good time to be in the ice cream business in Uptown Minneapolis.
Jennifer Lisburg has been in the handmade ice cream business most of her life, having run a shop in the Twin Cities in the mid-'90s, and then another in the small town of Fertile, Minnesota. Now she’s back in the Cities making scoops again.
Hers is premium stuff. In the marzipan chip, the high-end almond extract practically punches you in the mouth. The real vanilla is a vanilla to become obsessed with. I’d even go so far as to say that this is a grownup experience.
Bring the kids if you want, or save this one for yourself. It’s spendy— a single scoop is five bucks. It’s also worth it. (Kiddie cones are $3, so on second thought, bring the kids).
The interior of the former Shoe Zoo space is spare and neat, like a Martha Stewart magazine cover, with clean lines, a few window stools, some wrought iron tables and chairs. It’s sorta like a soda fountain but not throwbacky or kitsch. Just open and airy, with a pretty chalkboard menu and the ice creams.
They also do a little in-house baking, and on our visit there was a luscious-looking rhubarb pie and flourless chocolate cake on the counter. There’s also a soda fountain with housemade syrups like basil, pineapple, and mint.
Lisburg herself is often at the counter, so you can pick her brain about all things ice cream, like the fact that she’ll be scooping cones at the upcoming Tilia Augtoberfest. Whatever she’s scooping, it’s likely a gateway drug for you come get your fix on Hennepin. It’s that good.
LaLa Housemade Ice Cream
3146 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis