Two 'new' places have opend locations near 14th and T, NW: Jeni's from Colombus, Ohio and the local Ice Cream Jubilee which also has a location near the wharf.
The two places together make up a true Renaissance of ice cream heaven. Both are worthy of several exclamation marks and a few swoons.
So here's the difference between the two:
Jeni's is an established entity that I've heard is also sold at Wegman's and Whoel Foods. It has the prime location right on 14th street with a very big sign and a line out the door. The selection here is easily twice as long as you'd find just about anywhere else. They have a list of signature flavors as well as seasonal favorites and maybe even a third which is neither. It is tantalizing yet daunting just to read through all the choices, many of which will be idiosyncratic concoctions that would be hard to compare to anywhere else.
Except for Ice Cream Jubilee, that is. Ice Cream Jubilee is on the side street, T, is smaller, and with a smaller selection. The list seems inventive by itself, though after Jeni's it doesn't seem wild at all.
At Jeni's they will give you two half scoops of different flavors, so you get to try two flavors for the price of one, though that 'one' is expensive at about $6, and really looks like two whole scoops of ice cream.
At Ice Cream Jubilee, I was charged only $3.50 for the single flavor I got, though the price on the sign looked like it rivaled Jeni's.
At Jeni's I got one of their big sellers, brown butter almond brittle, and a seasonal favorite of boozy egg nog. Both were oh so creamy and sensational. I didn't taste any other flavors.
At Ice Cream Jubilee, I got the apple sauce oatmeal cookie, which was also fabulous and a big seller. I also tasted the seasonal candy cane pretzel (dreamy), and the spicy ginger strawberry sorbet (delicious).
It would be hard to go wrong either way. The choices are staggering.