Best of Boston

2003 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

With all due respect to the old-fashioned flavors at Brigham’s and the rich, smooth scoops at Toscanini’s, we keep coming back to Christina’s. This Inman Square institution continues to distinguish itself, with 40 imaginative flavors—from ginger and Kahlúa to cinnamon rice pudding and orange chocolate—and an intense flavor that’s neither too sugary nor artificial. Owner Ray Ford’s specialty is creating unusual varieties from herbs and spices. Rosewater, lemon thyme, and chamomile ice cream may not be what you craved walking in, but you’ll be hooked by the time you walk out.

1225 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-492-7021,