I was very very excited about Sweet Jesus coming to Ottawa. In case you haven’t guessed, I like ice cream, a lot. And Sweet Jesus has been taking over Instagram with all of their crazy pimped out ice cream cones that look just oh so good!
They opened in the Byward Market area mid-August, but every time I walked by, the line was out the door and onto the street, so I decided to wait out the craze a little.
We finally returned on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and figured the line wouldn’t be as long.. and it wasn’t! Hoorah! Talk about patience..
Something that Jethro and I didn’t figure out until we were already inside the shop (and a line started forming behind us), is that the flavours are not up on the wall as you might have expected. They are listed on a menu that you need to grab before getting inside. We didn’t do this, so we held up the line a little bit. We somewhat hastily chose the “Sweet Baby Jesus” in a cone, because we figured that must be a signature flavour. It had caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and nuts. Tasted a bit like a Drumstick, if you ask me.
After trying it, I was a little underwhelmed. The ice cream was good, and the toppings were good. But it’s just not for me. I’m glad I went, but I don’t know if I will be back.
Sweet Jesus | 97 Clarence Street, Ottawa
With a super colourful interior space, and bright selection of gelato.. the best word I can think of to describe Piccolo Grande is vibrant.
I had heard great things about Piccolo Grande, and have walked past it many times in the Market, but had never stopped in to try the gelato. So when my friends and I were on our way home from our church’s picnic, we decided that gelato was the perfect thing after a day of fun on the beach and in the sun.
I didn’t count, but there had to be more than 30 different flavour selections of sorbet and gelato. I settled on two flavours in the smallest size (piccolino). Their sizes are deceptive, because they fill the cups and cones up AND THEN SOME.
I got Maple Sugar and another flavour I can’t remember the name of, but tastes like Ferrero Rocher (YUM). I love love loved them, and they paired well together. I have learned that you can’t just choose two flavours you like.. you need to think about how they go together. Too many times I’ve had something rich and sweet with something tart and refreshing, and they taste great separate, but not together.
I definitely loved the gelato, and the portion size at Piccolo Grande. So I will definitely be back!
I haven’t been to the Bank Street location, but I’ve heard from some friends that the Byward Market location is better. And I can attest to the fact that the Market location is absolutely great!
Piccolo Grande | 55 Murray Street, Ottawa