I awoke in a daze. I looked around but the sun was blinding. I fell back and felt nothing but cool metal. Above me loomed a giant milk jug. It was fifty feet tall if it was a foot. Had I consumed some mind altering substance? Was I awake? Did I shrink? All of these seemed legitimate possibilities until someone reached out and handed me a cup of cinnamon graham cracker ice cream. And then it hit me. I hadn’t consumed copious amounts of hallucinogenics. I wasn’t asleep. I hadn’t even shrunk. I was merely passed out at the base of Little Man Ice Cream.
Walking by Little Man Ice Cream on a warm summer night might make you think that you have actually stumbled into the line for free range, locally sourced quinoa at the Boulder Farmer’s Market. But no, there is no quinoa here. What has drawn massive crowds is their unique array of ice creams and gelatos. Little Man Ice Cream is pushing the limits on what is possible in the ice cream world. And it’s about time. There seems to be a new frozen yogurt place on every corner where you can pull a lever and have Reese’s dumped all over your bland vanilla bean frozen yogurt. Let’s drop the charade. These are just candy dispensaries and the frozen yogurt is merely the medium. Junkies. We are all junkies. But not here. Not at Little Man. Little Man Ice Cream shows that good ice cream is better than anything you can get at some neon colored frozen yogurt shack.
It isn’t merely that the ice cream is mind numbingly and brain freezingly good. It’s that they are pushing the envelope on the ice cream flavor front. I have seen such improbable flavors as cinnamon graham cracker, tiramasu gelato, salted Oreo cookie ice cream and banana sorbet. Don’t show up with a particular flavor in mind. Examine the constantly changing board of ice creams, sorbets, and geltos and then decide which one is calling out to you. Only then will you have truly conversed with the Little Man gods and only then can you truly be satisfied.
The lines at Little Man Ice Cream thin out in the winter. Who wants to wait in line for ice cream in the middle of January? But Little Man does it’s best to keep the crowds coming. They serve up Bobos. A Bobo is a warm meal served up in a waffle cone. I’ve seen pulled pork and macaroni & cheese loaded into a warm waffle cocoon. I leave it up to you to decide if a Bobo is worthy of the Little Man name. But I must admit, I’m impressed with the creativity.
Is there a nicer place to be in Denver on a warm summer night. Probably not. Just remember, if you find yourself at the base of a giant milk jug, don’t panic. Like a cow in the milking barn, just enjoy the ride. And be sure to say thank you.
Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th St.
Denver, CO 80211