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Mar 13, 2006 07:53 PM

Innovative and wacky ice cream?

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Now that the weather's getting warmer, I'm craving some wacky and out of this world ice cream. Preferably places that are not widely known or have a special that's a must-try. But whatever comes to mind is Good! Thanks.

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  1. not an ice cream...but the apple celery sorbet at Wallse topped with horseradish was quite interesting. I think they offer it at other Gutenbrunner outposts as well.

    1. gelato, not ice cream, at il laboratorio del gelato. small batches hand made with super fresh ingredients, each flavor perfectly captures the essence of its namesake. i love the toasted almond, the toasted sesame, the cinnamon.

      the one con is that they close early, so it can be tough to catch them if you're not from the neighborhood


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      1. re: freddie

        I second the laboratorio. Recently had green apple sorbet--with apple peel in it!--pistachio gelato, and a divine fresh mint gelato. Vivid flavors, unusual choices.

        1. re: freddie

          I went there recently. Very good hazelnut gelato, but that's a standard flavor. Try the malt gelato - it tastes like really good artisanal malted milk balls. I really liked it!

          1. re: freddie

            i was at ILdG last weekend and enjoyed my combo of thai chili chocolate and vanilla.

            1. re: was_bk

              Oh my god. I have dreams about the Thai Chili Chocolate.

            2. re: freddie

              Absolutely fantastic stuff, today had:
              Fresh Mint, PERFECT on a 95 degree day
              Greek Yogurt, WOW, take that creamy tangy flavor and chill it down...

              Partner had:
              all 3 excellent

            3. I tasted the olive oil gelato at Otto last week for the first time. Not worth enduring Otto for, except perhaps at the bar, but it was a miracle of flavor, texture, and a wicked surprise, little granules of salt coming through occasionally. Incredible and delicious. Don't know if the other Batali joints have it.


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              1. re: Sean Dell

                I had this at Babbo recently served with spice cake. It was fantastic.

              2. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory: lychee, durian, almond cookie

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                1. re: chowgal

                  i tried it the other per chowhounds' recs. tasted quite a few but ended up ordering the black sesame. it was fine. i enjoyed the creamy thick texture but it could have been more flavorful. as well as the other flavors i tasted.

                  props on their originality though.

                  1. re: junglekitte

                    I love getting the sesame and almond cookie together. It's a great combination.

                    1. re: junglekitte

                      the black sesame and toasted sesame are much more flavorful at il laboratorio than the toasted sesame of chinatown ice cream factory. (but again, it's gelato, not ice cream)

                      rose water f/k/a freddie

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