Designation Level: Silver

Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream serves up sweet frozen treats from its two vastly popular locations in Pittsburgh: on Highland Avenue in Shadyside, and in Market Square in Downtown. Millie’s is so popular locally that it has been named Best Frozen Treats/Ice Cream by Pittsburgh City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh for 3 years running. But beyond its craveable treats and its amazing Instagram presence, Millie’s truly cares about the health and resiliency of Pittsburgh, and it demonstrates this through a Silver designation with the  Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program.

Since opening in 2014, chef and owner Chad Townsend and his wife Lauren have been serving exciting flavors of ice cream made by hand from local ingredients that include fruits, vegetables, herbs, milk and eggs. Townsend’s background as a chef at a Michelin-rated restaurant in France and locally at Eleven and Salt of the Earth, position him uniquely to craft his products with care and to pick the unique variety of flavors that keep people visiting. Flavors include everything from traditional flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and cookie dough, to the unique inventive flavors like coconut lime sorbet, kaya mango tango, and plum ginger. In the spirit of having something sweet for everybody, Millie’s also offers vegan and gluten-free frozen treats as well.

Both of Millie’s locations are inviting and colorfully decorated. On a warm summer’s night, it’s not uncommon to see a line through the doors and winding into the surrounding neighborhood–a testament to the quality of the offerings. Beyond the shops, you can also find Millie’s ice cream in a number of shops and stores around the region, including all locations of Giant Eagle Market District, the East End Food Co-op in Point Breeze, Bryant Street Market in Highland Park, Mon Aimee Chocolat in the Strip District, Allegheny City Market in the Northside, B Gourmet and Adesso Coffee Shop in Sewickley, Sunny Bridge Natural Foods in McMurray, T-Bones Marketplace in Wexford, and Silver Horse Coffee in Donegal. Plus, they’re available for events and catering.

Millie’s takes part in many sustainable practices. Among the highlights, they use chalkboards to display their menus instead of printing, they work with the Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide jobs to culinary training program students and offer cooking classes there and with Lamppost Farm, they partner with 412 Food Rescue and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, they rotate their menu seasonally, and they purchase from local purveyors and suppliers, including the East End Food Co-op, Vale Wood Dairy, Yarnick’s Farm, Paul Family Farms Maple Syrup, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, and Paragon Foods. For a full listing of their sustainable practices, check out the Millie’s Shadyside and Millie’s Market Square sustainability self-assessments.

Treat yourself to Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream! Locations are open year round. Millie’s Shadyside can be found at 232 S. Highland Avenue. It is open 7 days a week, Sunday through Thursday from noon until 10pm, and Friday and Saturday from noon until 11pm. Millie’s Market Square is located at 246 Forbes Avenue in downtown. It is also open 7 days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 11am until 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am until 11pm. Check their website for the latest updates on what flavors are being served.

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