A year ago we made our first post on a trip to Inman Square. Thankfuly we’ve been able to visit about a hundred other places since then. I thought about replicating my order from that first stop, but instead I went for a twist on a classic option with a Chocolate Mousse and Ivy had a cup of Mint Chocolate Chip with rainbow jimmies.
Christina’s is still in the same spot in Inman, though some of its neighbors have changed. There’s a great new Southern restaurant called Tupelo that’s just a block away, but the most notable change is the fact that Christina’s no longer has an improv group in the adjacent space. Instead that wall now has a paint job that matches Christina’s facade and the partially open door revealed a lot of boxes that seemed to hold ingredients for ice cream.
The booths filled up just about the same moment that I turned around with my cone, so we headed outside. Amazing that it’s cool enough in June that people still are wearing coats that they can throw into a seat to claim it before they make their order. Thankfully, Inman has some good benches for outdoor loitering.
Christina’s shares many qualities with nearby Toscanini’s. They both operate a single shop producing a high quality ice cream and really lean on the flavors more so than what you can mix into them. Christina’s takes advantage of the adjacent spice shop for some robust flavors, and has a larger set of options that you can get added to your ice cream, but you aren’t going wrong with either.
I started with a taste of Honey Lavender, but the aftertaste of honey had the same tone as a Halls Honey Lemon cough drop. With a line deep behind me, I defaulted to the chocolate mousse ice cream to fill my cone. After tasting it, I almost wish I’d had a scoop of regular chocolate to compare it to. While the chocolate was dark and rich, it had none of the pudding-like characteristics that I was expecting. Next time I will get the ginger.
It’s amazing that after a year of eating ice cream cones, that more than anything I just keep finding new places. The more people who read this the more favorite places get added to my list of places to go. There’s something magical about any world that opens up layer after layer the more you explore it. And once we try every cone we can move on to sundaes.
Cone – small $2.57 medium $3.37 large $3.99
Sundae – small $4.52 large $5.65
Frappe $4.08 extra thick $4.52
Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream
1255 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Open year round
Sun-Thu 11:30a-11p Fri-Sat 11:30a-midnight