Earlier this summer, I was watching an ABC program when I saw a promo for Good Morning America Weekend. I usually tune out because who wants to get up early enough on a Saturday to watch GMA? This time I paid attention. Not because there was some important news item they were teasing. What happened is that they were teasing the results for the voting for the Best Ice Cream Shop in the country. The winner of that contest? Moomer’s in Traverse City, Michigan. Since we were planning a trip to Traverse City, we made sure that Moomer’s was on our list of places to go.
We knew while eating dinner at Boone’s Long Lake Inn (review HERE) that we needed to save room for ice cream. Our plan was to eat dinner, grab some ice cream then head back to Grand Rapids where we were spending the night. We both ate quite a bit at dinner, but we were not going to leave the area without a stop at the best ice cream shop in America.
Moomer’s sits on Long Lake Rd outside of Traverse City. It’s a stand alone shop with a log cabin feel. Even late in September at 7:00 at night, quite a few people were crowded into the shop enjoying some ice cream. Since we were pretty full, we both went with a small serving which is one scoop in a cup.
I got a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk. The kid serving up the ice cream made sure that one scoop was a big enough scoop to fill up the cup. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. J got a scoop of Cherries Moobilee. Black cherry flavored ice cream had chunks of black sweet cherries, red tart cherries, chocolate fudge swirl, and chunks of homemade brownie pieces. A lot going on in one scoop of ice cream.
We grabbed our cups and went to sit on the outdoor patio. Here’s the funny thing. The patio overlooks their farm and the cows this milk came from are staring at you while you eat your ice cream. It’s hard to ignore the irony.
The ice cream was good. Really good. All ice cream tastes pretty much the same to me, but J said the only ice cream she’s had that’s comparable is the MSU Dairy Store (review HERE). For the two one scoop cups, we paid just under five bucks so it’s definitely a good price. The whole atmosphere at Moomer’s is what makes it such a great store. There is a ton of seating both inside and outside. Outside, there’s a handful of picnic tables including a small one for the kids to sit at. Down a set of stairs, there’s an observation deck so the kids can watch the cows.
It’s impressive to me that small shop in Northern Michigan was voted best in America. The ice cream was really good and the shop itself was interesting. This is a great spot in Traverse City and something everyone should find at least once. We ended up daytrip to Traverse City on a high note. The whole day was a blast and we didn’t do anything that we wouldn’t do again. Moomer’s was just the icing on the cake.