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Joe's Italian Ice - Anaheim

Italian Ice is a popular treat in Chicago but is not so common out here in SoCal. I saw the current AAA Auto Club Westways magazine page which highlighted 3 great place for summer treats in OC and Joe's was one of the three places featured. After a mishap with my daughter and a lengthy drive home ahead of us after dinner, we needed a treat!

I remembered it being on Harbor Blvd in GG so south we went on Harbor from Disneyland...I told my wife and son to look for a sign that says "Joe's"...and sure sunough, there it was a half-mile up....Joe's Crab Shack. ARGH! Luckily another few blocks up was a lit up white, red and green awining and I said that's got to be the place...and it was (just south of Chapman on the E side of Harbor).

Joe's is the best that Chicag...er, what's this Philadelphia stuff? Ok, so it's Philly based, and they call it "water ice". Nothing more than an oversized shack on a busy street with no indoor seating and very limited outdoor seating, I wan't sure if this was a good idea...um, it is! Italian ice in multiple flavors, some of the best soft-serve I have ever had, hard ice cream and sherbert as well including the "Joelatti" (soft serve and italian ice)...and pretty reasonably priced as well, especially in Disney country. We got 4 good-sized treats for $10.

Hey Philly, I'll take a Chicago Italian Beef over a Chessesteak any day, but I gotta say, Joe's makes the cut for dessert! Well worth the stop!

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  1. I have to agree Joe's is the best!!! The 50/50 orange and vanilla soft serve is the best. The soft serve is smooth and the orange sherbet just the right consistency. I have introduced many of my friends to this place and every agrees. Joe's is great!!! The Joe Latti (Italian Ice and soft serve together) is an excellent choice as well.

    1. Yeah, I like it too... and unlike many places in the Resort District, they actually seem like they're happy to be working there. It's between Chapman and Palm.

      1. Great place, friendly service. The first time I went I was a little confused by the menu selections / combinations and they were very patient, plying me with samples. I agree that the Joe Latti combo of ice with soft serve is the best- something about the different consistencies mixing together. Their soft serve is incredibly creamy as well- apparently it is imported from back east and is denser than what is typically available out here.

        Too bad they don't have some indoor seating; parking is a little sparse there as well.

        1. I also saw the article in Westways and was intrigued. I've yet to find real "lemon ice" (that's what we called it in CT) in CA but, I'd sure like to be surprised.

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          1. re: JAB

            Other than that it's served in Dixie cups and not the bendy waxed-paper cups of my youth (you know you're from the Northeast when the concept of "spoon" never enters your head to eat Italian ice/water ice/lemon ice/whatever), it's the real thing. The other place to get the real thing is Didio's on Montana in Santa Monica.

              1. re: Debbie W

                Joe's is pretty much a dead ringer for Rita's. Didio's, not so much, but their ice is so tasty that I forgive them.

                  1. re: JAB

                    Philly area, Jersey shore, some other east coast locations. Sadly, none here.

                    1. re: Debbie W

                      does joe's have food too or just the soft serve, and creamsicle stuff/

                      1. re: kevin

                        unless you consider ice cream sandwiches as food, it's just the ices, soft serve and ice cream stuff

                        1. re: kingkong5

                          i think i've seen this joint back when liveing in oc, did it open maybe up to about three yrs or so ago?

                          also do you have the address? thanks. sounds great.

                          now if i can just find a place in LA or OC that makes a mango freeze.

                          1. re: kevin

                            According to the information I could find, it opened in 2002.

                            Address: 12302 Harbor Blvd. Garden Grove, CA, 92840, United States
                            Phone: (714) 750-1076
                            Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.11 a.m-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

                            What's a mango freeze?

                            1. re: kingkong5

                              i guess like a the most delicious mango flavored ice ever. great stuff.
                              had it jazz fest now looking for some in LA.

            1. After taking in the Angels game on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (not to mention the Angels winning on a Vladimir Guerrero walk-off HR in the 9th inning!) where I was able to hold off my 2 kids from getting overpriced treats, I took them out for a 2nd visit to Joe's.

              Again it was a mixed order from us of soft serve and italian ice...although next time I am determined to try their "hard" ice cream - Petrucci's brand.

              This place is great...the ices were flavorful and the soft serve might be the best I've had...I thought I went to heaven when I tried my girl's vanilla/orange twist cone...can you say Dreamsicle only better? I had a Bada Bing Cherry "Joelatti" --- italian ice infused with a bottom and topping of vanilla soft serve.

              I wish this place was in my neighborhood...um, wait, maybe that WOULDN'T be a good idea!