Tonight, I stopped into Icebox on Broadway. A place that, particularly in the winter, when it is SoupBox exclusively, I avoid for their overpriced canned soups.
I was really pleasantly surprised at the ice. I had a medium combo of lemon and cherry. The cherry was especially good, packed with loads of fresh fruit. The lemon was refreshing with identifiable bits of lemon pulp. It didn't match Mario's. But, it made for a nice neighborhood stop.
I should note that the New York Deli at Clark and Wellington serves Anthony's Ice which is good in a norhside pinch too.
I live close to Icebox, and although I haven't been there yet this year, I've regularly visited over the years. If you're a first-time visitor, I'd offer a couple suggestions:
They make their ices from scratch using fresh fruits. Because the quality and ripeness of fruit can vary from day to day, take them up on their offer to give you a sample. If you try before you buy, you'll probably be much happier.
Sometimes you'll see a flavor where the ice looks "dry," and others will appear to be slushier. I'd usually recommend the slushier once. I find that the drier ices usually lack sufficient amounts of juice from the fruits, and they're not as tasty. If you're really tempted by one of the drier looking ices, make sure you sample it first!