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Pincho Loco Ice Cream


1918 Perry St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 286-5111
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Photo of Mason Eaglin Mason Eaglin
Jan 14, 2022 5

Been going here for years! Amazing place with amazinger owners! Try the Salted caramel truffle and the banana pudding ice creams!!!

Photo of Steve Ayers Steve Ayers
Jan 22, 2022 5

A large variety of flavors (all delicious) and other pastries. Oatmeal ice cream was fabulous. And friendly service. When I'm on 9th Street, I always make a detour.

Photo of Suzanne Rudy Suzanne Rudy
Feb 4, 2022 5

This is the 3rd year I am ordering a cake for our son who turns 30 this year. He does not like cake but loves Pinch Loco's ice cream cake. They are delicious!

Photo of Sarah Jean Barton Sarah Jean Barton
Dec 6, 2021 5

Can't share enough great things about Pincho Loco! Our absolute favorite spot for popsicles and ice cream in all of Durham (and the Triangle). Great value, a wide range of flavors, and impeccable customer service. We really enjoyed using them for a large event!

Photo of Sky Thai Sky Thai
Dec 3, 2020 4

Pincho Loco is an eclectic ice cream joint that has that hole-in-the-wall feel with fantastic flavor options that are a great mix between traditional and daring. Their menu is a bit much to take in and is pieced together over multiple boards so it's kind of a fun game to figure out what you want. I ended up getting their Mangonada since I was craving mangos and spice and this hit the spot. It had a good amount of fresh chopped mangos and sorbet with a tamarind chili straw. Very photogenic too! Aside from ice cream, they also have desserts ready to-go such as rice pudding, tres leches, flan, cake, and more! It seems to be one of those places that will have random goodies to choose from based on what they feel like making so check it out!

Photo of Ashley Henderson Ashley Henderson
Mar 20, 2022 5

I had a brownie Sunday it was plentiful and soooo delicious. He had alot to choose from and I don't know the Hispanic man at the front but he was very nice and humble he was helpful and very knowledgeable about the items on the menu. Nice small personable spot. They have so many flavors to choose from they also have vegan ice cream as well

Photo of Mayra Huerta Mayra Huerta
Dec 19, 2020 5

I love this place, great ice cream, customer service and they are following the mask mandate and the 6 ft apart thing. They also have a lot of sugar free and lactose free options.

Photo of Thomas Olson Thomas Olson
Nov 24, 2020 5

Legitimately the best ice cream shop I’ve found in Durham. I’ve never found a shop that could make tequila ice cream taste good, but they managed to make it taste great. They also offer other 21+ ice creams, and other great flavors. They also offer ice cream cakes, and many other frozen treats!

Photo of Shannon Arnette Shannon Arnette
Sep 8, 2020 5

Delicious home made ice cream & super friendly staff. There are also soooo many different types of ice cream options! I recommend the Mexican chocolate popsicle or coconut ice cream💖 Update: I wrote this review about a year ago and I have since become a regular customer at this local gem!!! My significant other and I adore their homemade ice cream, popsicles, homemade drinks and desserts. We got a Mexican-chocolate and coconut ice cream cake from here and it was the best cake I’ve ever had! Every time we go to this shop we can’t help but purchase a ton of ice cream (and it lasts us for about a month). It’s just soooo good! The workers are so sweet too! They always make us feel like family. Speaking of, this shop is super family friendly. It’s great for kids and adults. I recommend the bourbon truffle or banana pudding ice creams!

Photo of Scott Barnes Scott Barnes
Jul 4, 2020 5

One secret I want to share is that Pincho Loco has the finest Banana Pudding Ice Cream in North Carolina. Vanilla, cream, banana, a hint of baking soda, spices.Light custard texture. Capture the character of this Southern dessert in a large shake, fresh whipped cream, cherry if you like, and let yourself be there. Oh ! and they have other flavors, but I can't seem to get past this masterpiece.

Photo of Grant LoPresti Grant LoPresti
Sep 12, 2020 5

Delicious! So many awesome flavors

Photo of Anvar Varadaraj Anvar Varadaraj
Sep 18, 2020 5

Bought a pint of the dark chocolate hazelnut and it barely made it home. I finished it in the car. Best dark chocolate ice cream I’ve had.

Photo of Vi Phung Vi Phung
Sep 6, 2020 5

Got the pistachio popsicle and it was amazing! Great price at $3!

Photo of Lisa C Lisa C
Sep 3, 2020 5

Just move to the area and this has definitely became our favorite ice cream spot. So good!!

Photo of Miguel Del Rio Miguel Del Rio
Jul 13, 2020 5

Absolutely love this place - any time I'm in the area I always visit Pincho Loco!

Photo of Amanda Taylor Amanda Taylor
Aug 1, 2020 5

I FINALLY made it to Pincho Loco last week! It was delicious! We got cookies + cream in a waffle cone and banana pudding in a waffle cone. If you like a lot of pieces of cookies and bits in your ice cream, this is your place! I generally find myself wishing there was more but not here! My banana pudding was loaded with pieces of nilla wafers and in no way was that depressing! I will definitely be back to try more flavors and the popsicles!

Photo of Pamela Forero Lozano Pamela Forero Lozano
Jul 11, 2020 5

Amazing ice cream flavors with a lot of varieties! You can get paletas, ice cream cones, milkshakes, ice cream cakes, and more! The staff is so friendly!! I definitely recommend the Horchata ice cream/milkshake. I LOVE THIS PLACE!

Photo of Asha Chinfloo Asha Chinfloo
Jul 11, 2020 5

If I could this place more than 5 stars I would. The atmosphere and customer service makes you want to keep coming back. I will continue to invest in this business

Photo of Stacey Stines Stacey Stines
Jun 28, 2020 5

We love it there!!! Best place in town! Their ice cream is so good! We go all the time!

Photo of Iesha Pagan Iesha Pagan
Jun 30, 2020 5

I want to start off by saying the customer service was great! The selection that they have is so amazing. I had a strawberry and banana fresco treat which is similar to a parfait. OMG! Sooo delicious! I have to go back because I wanted to try everything.

Photo of Scott Barnes Scott Barnes
Jul 4, 2020 5

One secret I want to share is that Pincho Loco has the finest Banana Pudding Ice Cream in North Carolina. Vanilla, cream, banana, a hint of baking soda, spices.Light custard texture. Capture the character of this Southern dessert in a large shake, fresh whipped cream, cherry if you like, and let yourself be there. Oh ! and they have other flavors, but I can't seem to get past this masterpiece.

Photo of Zaid Alemam Zaid Alemam
Jun 20, 2020 5

Extremely friendly owners, the desserts are delicious. I would definitely recommend coming here for a cold mexican treat!

Photo of Desire B Desire B
May 31, 2020 5

Best place to get delicious ice cream 🍨🍧🍦🍰🎂🍪 and friendly welcoming service love love this place 😋🤗😍

Photo of dwayne williams dwayne williams
May 24, 2020 5

Man if you live in Durham and haven't tried Pincho Loco ice cream shame on you. My kids love the soursop popsicle. Try all the flavors trust me. I got the spicy pineapple, Strawberry and crema,Tamarind, spicy mexican chocolate popsicles

Photo of Kevin Kevin
Jul 16, 2019 5

Delicious ice cream at a very affordable price compared to the competition. The service is very friendly and every available ice cream option is worth trying.

Photo of Emily Ozdowski Emily Ozdowski
Feb 19, 2020 5

The banana pudding ice cream was really good- my grandmother would have approved! My husband's mangonada popsicle (mango and mixed fruit with hot sauce!) is something I never imagined. The spicy portion has a real kick, but is balanced by cold fruit. In winter, the warm rice pudding is my favorite. So many fun flavors to try! On top of all that, Pincho Loco is run by the nicest people. I definitely recommend it!

Photo of Tara Escalante Tara Escalante
Feb 10, 2020 5

Their ice cream is delicious! They have flavors not found other places including adult only flavors, a great assortment of non-dairy as well as desserts that aren't ice cream such as rice pudding! The staff have been incredibly friendly each time I've been there

Photo of N DURM N DURM
Jan 8, 2020 5

Love this place! They have great flavors. Many options beyond ice cream, baked goods, traditional pudding options, glass bottled sodas, etc.. Just took my kids there, very nice time. They also have cream spiked with alchohol for adults - awesome! They serve local beer.

Dec 25, 2019 5

Oh it is a great place to have Rice Pudding, ice cream, fruit dish, my friends and I meet here whenever I am in town. Try it, it's delicious!!

Photo of Janelle Lopez Janelle Lopez
Nov 8, 2019 5

Delicious ice cream and many other treats. Great customer service and every time we visit we are greeted with a smile.

Photo of Tiffany Le Tiffany Le
Oct 5, 2019 5

Service was good. The lady who was working was patient and nice. We got the ice cream with he churro. The ice cream flavors we're good, but the churros felt a little lackluster. I will definitely be back thought to try one of their other flavors! Highly recommend coming and trying this place out!!

Photo of Lena Deskins Lena Deskins
Oct 4, 2019 5

Not only was the ice cream terrific but the people are totally awesome. I look forward to taking my family back. We will surely fill up my rewards card for free ice cream

Photo of Chris Asbell Chris Asbell
Sep 28, 2019 5

The nicest people serving best ice cream in Durham. Delicious traditional flavors and some more unique flavors with lots of options for how you like it served. Don't miss out on this gem.

Photo of Martin Kapusnik Martin Kapusnik
Aug 23, 2019 5

Great place to grab some ice cream. The lady working there was nice, helpful and even tho they were a little busy she was efficient. My son dropped his cone and when I went back up to get him another one she said no charge. Considering my son dropped it, no fault of anyone but his accident I thought that was pretty nice and with the few minutes to leave a review.

Photo of Kiana Cunningham Kiana Cunningham
Jul 23, 2019 5

This is a great place to go because they don’t just have ice cream. They also have paletas, pastries, pudding and other desserts. They have traditional Mexican flavors as well as traditional American ice cream. It’s really family friendly and the staff are great!

Photo of Cameron Smith Cameron Smith
Jul 20, 2019 5

Wonderful place. Was welcomed and serviced immediately. They hoped for us to come back again soon. That’s what makes it an even better experience.

Photo of James Mc James Mc
Aug 11, 2019 5

I love this ice cream shop. They are tucked away on a side street so it's easy to miss but please drop in and grab some ice cream. They even serve alcoholic ice creams. Try the tequila ice cream it's the best imo

Photo of Dr. Alisha Cornell Dr. Alisha Cornell
Jul 20, 2019 5

The very best ice cream with a hometown feel. I loved the fact the owner was working and engaging with everyone so much. She's hilarious and a real joy! You can taste her passion in the ice cream.

Photo of Natalia F Natalia F
Jul 6, 2019 5

Cute dessert spot! Lots of options between sweet and tropical. The Latino employees are a joy to be around, love the decorations too. Will be back to try more flavors with more friends!

Photo of Joshua Jarvis Joshua Jarvis
Jun 25, 2019 5

Awesome ice cream almost as good as the people running it and the authentic Latino experience that is present from the decor to music to even the employees. I was raised in Mexico as well as lived in a border city for most of my life outside of that, but stepping in to this establishment makes me forget I'm living in the east coast more than a thousand miles from home. If I could give it more stars I would. Keep up the great work!

Photo of armando urbina armando urbina
Jan 30, 2019 5

Locally owned and serving local beer now too! They have Mexican pastries and an assortment of cakes, cupcakes and pudding. Of course the main attraction is their wonderful ice cream. I recommend trying one of they custom floats, like tequila ice cream and pineapple soda float. They will work with you to suit your tastes. I highly recommend this place to all.

Photo of Randy Parnell Randy Parnell
Apr 21, 2019 5

The ice cream is full of flavor. I had the strawberry and banana pudding ice cream it was full of fruit. Every flavor I tried was delicious. The owners are super friendly and happy. The only place I know of that you can purchase pinatas.

Photo of Nip Melton Nip Melton
Jun 17, 2019 5

Small local venue with great ice cream choices. Variety of flavors and still the basics. Plus banana pudding with mills wafers.

Photo of Conner Lee Conner Lee
May 25, 2019 5

Really great ice cream! The owners were awesome too, really friendly and welcoming. Definitely worth a stop!

Photo of Milo Persic Milo Persic
Jun 4, 2019 5

Easily Durham's best ice cream. For me, this place is better than The Parlor, which is also quite good. Pincho has some unique flavors you won't find anywhere else, and their coconut is phenomenal.

Photo of Laura Ruth Laura Ruth
Apr 13, 2022 5

Best I’ve cream I’ve ever had!! We were in town visiting Durham and found Pincho Loco on google maps. Thought we’d stop in and get some ice cream for our kids. They tried the vanilla and cookies and cream and it only took one taste of vanilla to know it was amazing ice cream! Naturally we went back the next day 🙂 Every flavor we tried was excellent. Can’t recommend the cappuccino crunch enough. I wish we lived closer!!

Photo of Yared Zuniga Yared Zuniga
May 21, 2022 5

Our favorite place to go for ice cream. I tasted every flavor and is so good. The price, the flavor the accessibility of the place and the costumer service is good. If you are around town this one is a plus to visit

Photo of Joan Vogel Joan Vogel
Apr 20, 2022 5

Best ice cream I’ve ever had and that is saying something since I’ve had a lot in my six decades! I got the cappuccino crunch and cotton candy. Certainly is an odd combo although can’t help myself when it comes to cotton candy icecream. Ordered cappuccino crunch after reading the awesome reviews! Can’t wait to go back and try the banana pudding.

Photo of Tiani Schifano Tiani Schifano
Apr 9, 2022 5

Absolutely the best ice cream in Durham!! Plus the mini tres leches is also perfection. And the kindest staff (maybe owner?).

Photo of Taryn H Taryn H
May 24, 2022 5

Omgosh…. The roasted honey peanut butter ice cream here is unlike any ice cream I’ve ever had. All of the unique flavors here are wonderful. I dreammm about this place. Sweetest owners in the world. Incredibly kind! Easy access right off of 9th street. I go here far too often when I’m in Durham. Be prepared to wait in line but it’s so worth it!!!! Go!

Photo of Damaris Brazoban Damaris Brazoban
Jun 13, 2022 5

This place has the best churros ever. They're always warm and goes great with a delicious strawberry ice cream.

Photo of Jason B Jason B
Jun 29, 2022 5

Small, charming shop with tasty ice cream. They have the standard chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry but the real treat are the 10-12 other creative flavors like bourbon truffle. Service was friendly and the Ice cream was very good (one of the better ones I have tried in recent memory). Probably the only drawbacks are that it does only have ~15 flavors and only a few places to sit. But what they do have is exciting to try!

Photo of D Nicole Williams D Nicole Williams
Jul 1, 2022 5

I really enjoyed myself. I visited it with a friend. We simply want to ice cream and she was familiar with the area, so she suggested this as the option. I am happy this was our selection. The community was very vibrant in this area. There were many children, tons of diversity, and high traffic which was neat considering that they was a magic store, church, and Mexican ice cream shop on the row together!!! Clearly, the crowd would be diverse in the area! We were able to engage each space that day and we benefited immensely because of it. The mangoNADA was great. We also had ice cream cookies!!! I chose chocolate chip and vanilla ice cream and she had something a bit more risque. The service was amazing. The store was busy. There was not a wait. And I will definitely go back.

Photo of Jon S Jon S
Jun 28, 2022 5

Very nice place in Durham to get ice cream and milkshakes and churros and all kinds of treats. Super friendly staff. A must visit if nearby.

Photo of Jennie Emmons Jennie Emmons
Jul 2, 2022 5

Love this place! Great atmosphere and customer service. We’ve been getting ice cream and birthday cakes there since we moved to Durham. They are so friendly, my 9 year old son looks forward to going in and having a conversation with them every time we go. In addition to that, the ice cream is so yummy! Such a gem in Durham.

Photo of NaTosha Crump NaTosha Crump
Jul 26, 2022 5

My daughter introduced me to Pincho, so glad she did! The flavors are SO good and rich!! Don’t forget ur waffle bowl! The staff is excellent as well.

Photo of Daniel Mullaney Daniel Mullaney
Jul 30, 2022 5

Delicious ice cream. I had honey roasted peanut butter in a waffle cone and my spouse had the salty caramel truffle also in the waffle cone. Friendly, helpful service. Enjoy your treats inside the small store or take a stroll down Ninth Street.

Photo of taylor rhodes taylor rhodes
Feb 28, 2022 5

stupid good mangonada and ice cream. banana pudding was killing it. the staff is so sweet. definitely a good dessert stop after a hefty burrito next door! but don't eat too much at cosmic cantina, you need room for a chamoy packed cup!