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The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

640 Merrimon Ave. Ste. 103, Asheville, NC 28804
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Ranked #56 of 629 restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $6
Cuisines: Dessert
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Homemade Ice Cream and Vegan Ice Cream. Organic Coffee & Espresso. Birthday Cakes and Parties. Locally owned.
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85% Recommend
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

No? Then you will here. Vegan options galore. Outstanding service (come on folks, it's high school kids working. Give 'em a break). The ice cream is wonderful and our children enjoyed the indoor play area, as well as the gorgeous views outside. Will definitely keep this on our "must visit" list for our next Asheville trip.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Seriously folks?! Flavors were definitely interesting but tasted dull. Their ice cream was not worth the expense or calories. Go to the grocery and buy a pint of Ben and Jerry's or even Igle's own brand. And check out the photo I posted of their trash outside one of their doors. Wish we saw that first. Definitely wouldn't have gone... More

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Gainesville, FL
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22 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Not much to say besides this was really good, homemade ice cream, and great prices. They had about 30 flavors I'd say... many interesting ones like Kale/Blueberry. I had Butter Pecan and Mint Chocolate Chip. Both were really tasty. The service was great and the employees were very friendly and willing to let you sample the unusual flavors. Will be... More

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

They serve some great ice cream with many exotic flavor selections from which to choose. Nice family fun atmosphere. It took my wife so long to decide which flavor to select after sampling quit a few that I was done with my single dip cone by the time she got hers. Needless to say the service was friendly and helpful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Our new favorite place for a sundae or a banana split or some other decadent ice cream treat is the Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Merrimon Ave. Sometimes in a town where the finest restaurants in the world are, you lose track of simple pleasures. Now while this ice cream cafe offers unusual flavors and treats, it allows basic childhood... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I took two friends to The Hop on Merrimon tonight. Walked in, three employees behind the counter. One guy waiting on his high school friends, the other two cleaning behind the counter complaining about the goopy mess they were sticking to. The place was a pig sty, run down and dirty. We stood there patiently waiting for someone to notice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It might take you 20 minutes to make up your mind about your order...but you will not be disappointed! ! Family friendly.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

What a fun ice cream joint! They even have vegan ice cream. In fact, of the flavors we tasted on the day of our visit, the adults liked the vegan ones best (think almond milk with lemon).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I didn't actually eat AT The Hop, but I was lucky enough to find a pint of their vegan "chocolate banana creme" at another location, and it was FABULOUS. A blessing for this non-dairy girl!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

There is a wide variety of ice cream including some unusual choices like "blueberry kale" and a lot of vegan choices. You can sample any of them before buying. I tried most of the vegan ice creams and chose the raspberry mocha which was delicious. The rest of my party had regular ice cream and they all enjoyed them very... More

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