Best of Boston

2002 Best Frappe

Herrell’s Renaissance Café

The talented staffers at Herrell’s are more than just ice cream scoopers: They’re modern-day alchemists. That’s because, among local ice cream shops, Herrell’s is the benchmark for that wonderfully caloric New England obsession, the frappe. Start by choosing from the dizzying chocolate ice cream menu (rich chocolate pudding, milk chocolate, Mexican chocolate, and French chocolate) either alone or embellished with amaretto, coffee, or hazelnut ice cream. If you’re not up to the challenge of finishing a 24-ouncer, start with the 16-ouncer for just over three bucks and work you appetite into shape from there.

155 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-782-9599,