Treat ice cream shop opens in downtown Raleigh

Treat ice cream shop opens in Raleigh’s City Market.
Treat ice cream shop opens in Raleigh’s City Market. Greg Cox

Depending on your age, you might think of downtown Raleigh’s newest ice cream shop as located in the historic City Market, or a block south of Marbles Kids Museum. Either way, Treat’s selection of scoops, sundaes and other sweet sundries has got kids of all ages covered.

Meanwhile, the responsible adult in you will smile approvingly at the shop’s environmentally friendly focus, evident in everything from recycled paper napkins and biodegradable cups and spoons to tables made by a local artist using salvaged wood.

That smile will broaden into a grin when you learn that Treat serves ice cream made with milk from the grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free cows of Maple View Farms in Orange County. Choose from some two dozen flavors, from honey toasted almond to Maple View’s signature Carolina Crunch. Or treat yourself to one of the “Creations” listed on the colorful chalkboard on the wall. The Johnny Cashew, for instance, which serves up double chocolate ice cream topped with your choice of regular or dark chocolate syrup and whipped cream in a waffle bowl. Or, if the kid in you is feeling in need of a grownup recharge, try Something’s Brewing: coffee ice cream, chocolate and coffee syrups, and chocolate chips.

The locavore emphasis extends beyond the ice cream freezers to include the likes of Videri chocolates, Cheerwine soda and Uncle Scott’s root beer. Craft beer fans will be happy to know that an ice cream flavor made with wort from Crank Arm Brewing is in the works.

Treat’s appeal isn’t limited to customers of the two-legged variety. The $1 mini-scoop is listed on the board as the “kiddie/doggie” size. And if you order the Bowzer-Wowzer, you’ll get vanilla ice cream and bacon bits in a waffle bowl, plus a dog biscuit to share with your furry friend.

Treat (305 S. Blount St., Raleigh; 919-307-9390; is open Monday-Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Greg Cox, the longtime N&O restaurant critic, also covers restaurant news. Tune in to hear his radio show at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WPTF. Reach him at