If you didn’t go to Temple or live in North Philly, you might never have tried the fresh fruit flavors served at Siddiq’s Water Ice cart, which has been holding down the corner of 13th and Montgomery for more than 20 years. Judging from the votes in Round 1 of our Ultimate Philly Frozen Treats bracket, that’s a mistake. Siddiq’s was the overall top vote-getter out of the diverse field of 32, racking up even more clicks than Capogiro.
The world-famous gelateria was next most popular (a new frozen yogurt place didn’t stand a chance), followed by Old City’s Franklin Fountain and Kensington’s Little Baby’s. Those last two might have to go head to head — but they’ve got to beat historic Bassetts and newcomer Weckerly’s first.
Older classics generally did well, with John’s and Italiano’s water ice shops both advancing — and that national chain that’ll leave your tongue various shades of green and purple did, too. The closest race was between two newer (and very different ) Philadelphia vendors: 1.5-year-old Gran Caffe L’Aquila, which relies on the prowess of Italy’s most renowned gelato-makers, and the Igloo, a 3-year-old purveyor of gelato, froyo, sorbet and just about anything else.
Now it’s up to you to decide who’ll fill out the Elite Eight. Can Dati’s Homemade take out Custard Cakes & Creamery? (Dati’s incredible banana whip definitely counts as soft serve.) Will Rita’s really keep advancing? Go forth and vote!