Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery takes ice cream very, very seriously. The servers sport T-shirts that read, “Friends don’t let friends eat grocery store ice cream.” The glossy franchise with more than 1,300 stores nationwide, this place serves some damn good ice cream; whatever Cold Stone lacks in mom-and-pop authenticiy, it has quality product. Servers add countless “mix-ins” to the premium ice cream on a frosty granite slab, folding in everything from fresh cake pieces to fruit to gummi bears. The store’s Royal Oak location is larger than many of the chain’s stores (which helps keep lines short) and has a cool, comfortable ambience unlike some of the smaller locations.