Best Of 2022

Best Gas Station Creamy Whip

Creamy whip season is a big deal here in Cincinnati, where citizens wait all winter for their favorite walk-up window to open for the spring and summer. But what if you crave soft serve during the winter? No matter the month, the AmeriStop gas station in Bellevue is sure to be slinging some creative creamy whip flavor combinations. Owner Meghal Patel is the brains behind the store’s dessert offerings, which draw patrons from across the Tri-State. He has two machines and rotates flavors each week. Some recent favorites? Orange and cotton-candy blue for the Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl run; butterscotch and vanilla; and the fan-favorite peanut butter and chocolate. Patel and his team also hand-pick a superb selection of craft beer — in cans and bottles and on draft — available for sale. The shop recently launched its own line of “Bellevue AmeriStop” branded growlers and howlers. We’re not saying you should combine both offerings into a beer-and-creamy-whip float, but we’re also not not saying that.