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yum May 19, 2007 10:01 AM

hi everyone! planning on stopping by MILK today! how late are they open and is it walking distance from the grove? also, what do you guys like to get there. only deserts, since we'll eat dinner elsewhere. thanks!

  1. SauceSupreme May 19, 2007 11:01 AM

    It's kind of walking distance, but it's about five blocks. There are savory items if you want to have dinner, but really it's mostly a dessert/snack place. Grab dinner at BLD since you'll be walking by. I think they close at 11 but one of the more local hounds like HungryGirl could probably comment.

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      hazelnutty May 19, 2007 11:42 AM

      MILK has some serious service issues--I've stopped going there b/c I just can't stand how confused and stupid they are all the time...geez get your act together. Frankly the sandwich I had the last time I was there just wasn't good, it could have been an off day though.

      I'm not saying I'll never return again...have a cookie--

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      1. re: hazelnutty
        cant talk...eating May 19, 2007 04:29 PM

        I was there a couple nights ago, and things were definitely peppier service-wise than when I was there a few weeks ago, when they had teenagers slowly wandering back and forth behind the counter, avoiding eye-contact (as well as a boss-type woman eyeing them suspiciously while doing nothing). That said, no one was wearing latex gloves as they hand-scooped the ice-cream - I'll spare you further description. Still, beats Baskin-Robins any day.

        Re: the sandwiches - probably not worth the wait (20 min. the last time, and there wasn't even a line).

        One more thing re: the walk from the Grove - I'd actually walk along W. 3rd to whatever Milk's cross-street is, then turn north to Beverly. Otherwise, it can be a scary walk up The Grove Ave., with a very narrow sidewalk and traffic close.

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        running pig May 19, 2007 12:03 PM

        I would actually suggest walking because the treats are very indulgent....yes, walking distance from the Grove.

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          JeetJet May 19, 2007 02:44 PM

          Try the Chocolate Chocolate chip cookie and a shake (chocolate, vanilla or mint chocolate chip). Parking is not bad if you go during the day. If you read the parking signs in the neighborhood behind MILK I think you have 2 hours parking without a local permit. It is close to 10 blocks from the Grove parking lot entrance located on The Grove Drive just off Beverly between Fairfax and MILK.. If I were to walk it I would start from there. So maybe enter the parking from The Grove Drive and park near that entrance.

          7290 Beverly Boulevard (at Poinsettia)
          Los Angeles 90036
          (323) 939-6455

          Unless the time has changed
          Mon - Closed
          Sun, Tue – Thur 7 a.m.– 10 p.m.
          Fri-Sat 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

          3 Replies
          1. re: JeetJet
            yinyangdi May 22, 2007 07:20 PM

            Opening time at MILK has changed from 7AM to 9AM.

            I have yet to have cake/cookies and/or ice cream at MILK. To date, I have had only breakfast (muffin and coffee/espresso) and sandwiches for lunch/dinner. The sandwiches have all been quite good to yum! When I'm in a rush I just call ahead and my order's ready when I get there. And, the staff at MILK has been gracious and eager to please from day one to the present.

            1. re: yinyangdi
              JeetJet May 22, 2007 08:39 PM

              Thanks for the update. You should teach self-control. I do not know how you can walk out of MILK without at least one Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookie. We bought six last Sunday. Very good, moist, rich and sweet. A must try. The Blue Velvet cake is one of the most moist cakes we have ever had and this was the third time -- consistency. Those backed goods are on par with Jongewaard's in Long Beach. Jongewaard's has a larger selection however.

              The ice cream at MILK is, IMO, maybe a little better than Fosselman's. The shakes are for sure better and bigger. Also a must try. Also, the ice cream bars at Milk are out of this world.
              Again, Fosselman's, however, does have a larger selection of ice cream and shakes.

              On Sunday I noticed a collector bottle of Broguiere's (Milk in a glass bottle). The MILK logo (Four milk bottles) and address was printed on the bottle –so cool. A great souvenir for a very low price and it comes full of the best milk, chocolate milk, in the state.. I have not been to Broguiere's yet to check if they also offer this special bottle (maybe in the morning) but they usually have all their bottles at the dairy. I will get several full of chocolate.

              What makes MILK so great is they offer several really outstanding items, that you would otherwise have to drive all over LA to get, all in one location. And you add that the muffins and sandwiches are pretty good at MILK also. I have seen those salads there and they likewise look good. MILK is a great place to have.

              7290 Beverly Boulevard (at Poinsettia)
              Los Angeles 90036
              (323) 939-6455
              Mon - Closed
              Sun, Tue – Thur 9 a.m.– 10 p.m.
              Fri-Sat 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

              Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil (Breakfast, lunch, dinner -- try the Chicken Fried Steak, Pot pie, Burgers, Red Velvet and other cupcakes, sticky buns, Cakes and Pies made in house and so good! Try anything. Do a Chowhound search on this place)
              3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
              Long Beach, CA 90807
              (562) 595-0396

              Fosselman's ice cream
              1824 W. Main St.
              Alhambra, CA 91801

              Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy
              505 S Maple Ave.
              Montebello, CA 90640-5404 (323) 726-0524

              1. re: JeetJet
                PseudoNerd May 22, 2007 10:05 PM

                ah, if only they had strawberry or coffee syrup (or strawberry or coffee milk, for that matter...)!

          2. arisu May 19, 2007 04:42 PM

            I've been there only once but the desserts we got were tasty and affordable. We ordered the Banana Butterscotch Crunch and the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich as well as a Berry Bonbon.

            I have some pictures and a quick review here: http://arisuland.blogspot.com/2007/04...

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              cynthia105 May 20, 2007 08:26 PM

              The Blue Velvet was WONDERFUL, moist blueberry cake with cream cheese frosting, not overly sweet with just the right amount of tang. The Coffe Toffe ice cream sandwich was also delicioso, macaroon cookie.

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                Newkie May 21, 2007 04:17 PM

                I love the blondie sundae, but I get it with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla and ask for whipped cream. Their blondie is the best I've ever had....very moist with a lot of brown sugar and butter flavor. Did I mention the sundae is huge and will easily fill up two people. An amazing deal for ony $5.

                As for hazelnutty's comments about poor service, I've always had the opposite experience. The staff has been friendly, quick and went out of their way to help me.

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                1. re: Newkie
                  hazelnutty May 21, 2007 06:36 PM

                  Well perhaps they've worked out their quirks. I liked the place in the beginning, but the last time really left a bad taste in my mouth--I'm not the only one to complain about their service...but like I said that may have changed.

                  It doesn't matter I'm looking for new places. MILK just might be too trendy for me at this point.

                  1. re: Newkie
                    hazelnutty May 21, 2007 06:43 PM

                    If you read one of my earlier posts on MILK I praised it, but now thats changed for me...I'm not into it anymore...truth be told the sandwiches and salads are not my fav. e.g. I don't like turkey, the cobb salad has turkey. Although I like chicken, it's very plebeian and boring. The cuban sandwich is what I liked, but then I had it for the third time and it was awful...weird. Like I said it could have been an off day. I liked the chocolate chip cookie.

                    1. re: hazelnutty
                      highforpie May 21, 2007 09:36 PM

                      The first time I went to MILK I really didn't get what the big deal was. I had mint chip ice cream- strangely minty- although I did like the chocolate chip cookie. The second time I went was better. The blood orange sorbet was really good, and I don't usually like sorbet. I also had some of the chocolate pudding-really rich and yummy. And I had another chocolate chip cookie-even better the second time. I did notice the weird boss lady watching the other workers...no major complaints though in terms of service...not many people there since we went later at night...I think they're open until 10 M-Th and until 11 on weekends.

                  2. Amuse Bouches May 22, 2007 08:08 PM

                    We just went for the first time this weekend, and got a Thai Tea milkshake (made from their Thai Tea ice cream) which was absolutely delicious.

                    1. George May 22, 2007 08:57 PM

                      Mmmm. Chocolate Hazelnut Madeleines....75c each.

                      1. omotosando Jun 4, 2007 06:41 PM

                        Finally went today after reading so much about the place on this Board. Seriously underwhelmed. Hated the stark white hospital cafeteria ambiance. Chicken sandwich okay, but nothing to go out of your way for. Scoop of cookie dough ice cream - too sweet, no subtlety, too much cookie dough. Maybe slightly better than you would get at Baskins Robbins, but again nothing to go out of your way for. Took a vanilla cupcake to go for the late afternoon. Dry, not too flavorful - basically just a gob of sweet. Wouldn't return. Would much rather go to Cafe Midi if I were in the neighborhood.

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                        1. re: omotosando
                          chocolatelover Jun 5, 2007 09:49 AM

                          Thanks for trying three things and giving us your considered judgment. Before someone reviews a place, it seems only fair that one should try it a number of times and sample a number of items to get an overall feel for the general quality and consistency of the restaurant. I have stopped by MILK three or four times now, and have found its ice cream to be really good. I especially like the mint chocolate chip. Also got a blondie last night that was tasty.

                          1. re: chocolatelover
                            JeetJet Jun 5, 2007 11:01 AM

                            Ya.. Also, if someone really does not want to go back a second time then maybe on their first try they should focus on the things that most hounds reported a postive rating for. For example, The Chocolate, Chocolate chip cookie, the Blue velvet cake (moist for me on four trys) or the shakes made with 5 or 6 scoops of some realy high-end ice cream (I really like the chocolate or vanilla). I have never tried the Chicken sandwich but ... to me MILK is a great place to go after Vito's or Carney's.

                            About the "hospital cafeteria ambiance." I expected it with the name of the place -- MILK. The first thing I noticed inside on the left as I entered was that they sell Broguiere's milk in glass bottles. At Broguiere's Dairy the street sign says "Montebello Sanitary Dairy" and that place is also painted white. A Clean and Sanitary ambiance should be expected at any Creamery, Milk, or ice cream plant. Moreover, it's the law. That is what people see when they enter MILK, which is a Sanitary ice cream plant. I also respected that MILK has glass windows in the hallway so you can look right into the work areas. I enjoy looking because it reminds me of when I was a kid and my Dad showed me the inside of the dairy that he worked at and how everything was kept Clean, Wholesome and Sanitary -- like a surgical room.

                            7290 Beverly Boulevard (at Poinsettia)
                            Los Angeles 90036
                            (323) 939-6455
                            Mon - Closed
                            Sun, Tue – Thur 9 a.m.– 10 p.m.
                            Fri-Sat 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

                            Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy
                            505 S Maple Ave.
                            Montebello, CA 90640-5404 (323) 726-0524

                            1. re: JeetJet
                              running pig Jun 5, 2007 05:02 PM

                              Well said JeetJet!

                              1. re: running pig
                                augustus gloob Jun 5, 2007 05:09 PM

                                I actually really enjoyed MILK's medianoche sando (their version of a cuban) and would go back just for that. I haven't tried their ice cream/shakes yet.

                                1. re: augustus gloob
                                  JeetJet Jun 5, 2007 06:24 PM

                                  Thanks for the rec. I may try Milk's medianoche sando on Friday since I will be on Beverly at lunch time. That reminds me that I have been wanting to try the ice cream bars. They look so good and I think I recall a good rec for them. The ice cream sandwich looks too big, IMO, and the bon bons are good but too small. The ice cream bar looks just right.

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