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Stuck in the Middle

Whether spiked with liquor, studded with fresh local fruit, or served with a cool tropical chaser, these ice-cream sandwiches are way better than those black-and-white summer treats from the Good Humor truck.

Ice cream sandwich. Blu Moon  Cafe, Carmel, INMeridian Restaurant & Bar (5694 N. Meridian St., 466-1111)
An ice-cream sandwich on a bar menu? Why not, when there’s a good hit of bourbon in the housemade vanilla ice cream sandwiched between chewy chocolate-chip cookies? The bar menu is only available weekdays from 4 to 6—stop in for an after-work treat.

Blu Moon Cafe (200 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel, 844-8310)
The ice-cream sandwiches at this breakfast-and-lunch cafe in the Indiana Design Center feature summer bounty like market strawberries perfumed with lemon verbena and crisp chocolate cookies to hold it all in.

Tavern on South (423 W. South St., 602-3115)
There is something whimsical about mixed-berry ice cream wedged between sugar cookies, but the biggest surprise here is a frosty strawberry soda float that comes with the sammie, a bracing refresher on a hot summer day.
 
This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue.