Sweet Republic

CITY: Scottsdale, Ariz.
ADDRESS: 9160 East Shea Blvd #105
WEBSITE: sweetrepublic.com

Right up there with acclaim from the Gray Lady is praise from the Food Network's Alton Brown, the off-kilter host of Good Eats. On the show Best Thing I Ever Ate, Brown went straight to Sweet Republic's Toffee Banofi, a special sundae with two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream topped with fresh bananas, toffee buttercrunch, salted butter caramel, and whipped cream.

They offer 24 different flavors daily, making them one of the hardest working shops out. in 2010, USA Today named them the best spot for ice cream in Arizona.