Second Place: Bev's Homemade Ice Cream
Third Place: Gelati Celesti
Richmond was the starting point for the SweetFrog empire, with its showy pink and green exteriors leaping into locations in 25 states. The owner's Christian principles — FROG is an acronym for "full rely on god" — resonate with some. But its popularity probably comes down to the plethora of flavors — such as huckleberry, pecan praline and white chocolate mousse — and an array of topping choices. But let's be real here. When Richmonders want ice cream, they want the real thing. For that, there's Bev's for daily specials such as rum raisin and hazelnut, basil or wildberry lavender, which sell out faster than an ice cream cone melts on a summer day. Gelati Celesti's Richmond-made, decadent concoctions are worth heading to the suburbs for, no small accomplishment.