Based on the feedback that she'd received from customers over the years, owner Caroline Tay decided to offer lunch and dinner as well as ice cream at the shop. Menu items include Caribbean dishes as well as dishes from other cuisines, Tay told Patch.
"We have been serving the Silver Spring area for quite some time. I always said to myself, 'Wow, [selling lunch and dinner options] ... would do great in the Silver Spring area."
The eatery offers a carry-out option, and hopes to start delivering food to local residents and businesses within a 3-mile radius soon.
Tropical Ice Cream Cafe's ice cream flavors include mango, banana, lychee, guava, papaya, coconut, ginger and soursop, as well as more common flavors like butter pecan, rum raisin, Swiss chocolate, pistachio, strawberry and mint chocolate chip. The shop also serves Guinness ice cream and, seasonally, flavors such as pumpkin and eggnog ice cream, as well as sorbet and sherbet. See the menu for the full selection. Are you a frequent customer of Tropical Ice Cream Cafe, and if so, what's your favorite ice cream flavor there? Tell us in the comments section below.