The city's newest ice cream shop is across the street from Chuck's and a few blocks down from Uncle Ike's. That's quite a built-in customer base.
I kid—Central District Ice Cream Company, which opened on this most chilly of weeks, is a family friendly little place, with glass jars of candy sold by the pound, a few tables by the large front windows, and a case filled with creative ice cream sandwiches (and, at some point, housemade popsicles).
Owner Darren McGill is also a partner at nearby Nate's Wings and Waffles; those ice cream sandwiches might look familiar if you've availed yourself of the gonzo sweet waffle creations at Nate's: black sesame ice cream between matcha cookies, a vivid purple ube version, and more seasonally straightforward concoctions like pumpkin pie ice cream between brown sugar cookies. Eater Seattle says its only a matter of time before a chicken-and-waffle ice cream sandwich becomes reality, both here and at Nate's.
If you just want a milkshake or a scoop of something, Central District Ice Cream Company makes about eight different flavors, a mix of straightforward (mint chocolate chip, vanilla) and more creative fare, like a toasty black sesame and a gorgonzola-pear flavor that was super balanced so the juicy pear notes come through alongside the gorgonzola palate bomb. It's easy to miss the roster of flavors posted high on the wall to the left of the counter—especially since your eye goes straight to those ice cream sandwiches.
Keep tabs on the flavors and sandwich situation on Central District Ice Cream Company's Facebook page.