Emack & Bolio’s: A Boston Born Ben & Jerry’s


Upon entering Emack & Bolio’s I was struck by all the similarities to Ben & Jerry’s. The small store front was eclectic, colorful and fun. They offer more than ice cream and frozen yogurt however, they also have smoothies, juices, ice cream pizza, chocolate, fudge and micro-brewed soda. This Boston born chain store has a very interesting tale of birth. The founder was a music lawyer who started the business as a place where musicians could unwind and soothe their cravings. Their website claims ties with Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars, U2, James Brown and Al Green.

We visited the little store in Soho and when we arrived it was packed. This particular location does not have much seating or space in general.


I ordered a smoothie and we all shared the Grasshopper Pie. The smoothie was good but not terribly impressive. The Grasshopper Pie flavor ice cream however was very rich and flavorful. I was very impressed. There were plenty of Oreo chunks in every bite and it was well balanced with the mint flavor. If all their ice cream is that creamy I will be back!