Glacier Ice Cream/Gelato in Manhattan Beach
The wife and I went to the new Glacier in Manhattan Beach (Sepulveda between Marine and MB Blvd.) last night. Overall, I was very impressed. They have about 15 or so flavors of ice cream and gelato, all made in house. They also had a handful of frozen yogurt (hard-pack, not soft serve) and sorbet flavors.
I tried the gelato... half bittersweet chocolate and half strawberry. Very tasty. More creamy and ice-cream like than other gelatos I've had. The texture was good and the flavors were great. I judge a gelato place by their fruit flavors. On my first (and only) visit to Crema Dolci in Redondo, I tried their banana gelato, and it tasted like fake banana extract... like the old banana slurpees of my youth! But the strawberry at Glacier was fantastic.
My wife is watching her cholesterol intake, so she got the Valhrona Sorbet. A big thumbs up... it tasted like a bowl of Fudgesicle for grownups!
The ambience inside was nice... lots of seating. Eating outside is possible, but there's no seating and the building is right up against Sepulveda, so there's quite a lot of traffic noise if you do. Clientele was typical Manhattan Beach... teens and parents with young kids.
The only negative mark from me... no free water! Every good ice cream shop should have a water fountain, or a water cooler, or just a pitcher with cups sitting out and available. I always crave a cup of water after eating good ice cream...
But I can't really count that against them. A big thumbs up for Glacier. Next time I will be trying their ice cream...
I just visited here tonight for the first time and wanted to report that I found the American style ice cream excellent, on a par locally with Fosselmans on a good day, as another writer here has mentioned. I had two ice cream flavors; Honey Maple and Death by Chocolate. The Honey Maple was great; dense, rich & very creamy, not too sweet with a smooth, not strong maple taste. The Death by Chocolate was gooey, rich and delicious with fudge ribbons and their own homemade soft chocolate chunks studded throughout the ice cream. I would have to agree with another writer here and say that the ice cream reminded me somewhat of Ben & Jerry (at least the chocolate I had) in that the flavors tended to be strong. The chocolate also reminded me of another great local favorite Lamperts, though they have slipped over the last year or so and the chocolate they now serve is milk rather the rich dense dark chocolate they used to have. I will be going back to this shop often as it is by far the best new ice cream destination we have in the South Bay area.
As for the Gelato, my significant other had the Chocolate Hazelnut. The hazelnut flavor was very pronounced and the texture of the gelato was smooth and rich, similar I thought to the ice cream. I've had gelato both in Italy and in good shops here in L.A. and this was not exactly gelato but otherwise very good in flavor. I did also try the Valhrona sorbet because I had not seen anything quite like it before and it had a clean, light but intense flavor with a great aftertaste. Combining this with one of their fruit sorbet flavors would be a real treat for next time.
Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato
1605 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
They're better than most run-of-the-mill ice cream shops, but considering that I came back from Italy not two months ago and was craving a gelato fix, they don't come anywhere close to the real thing. I'll still probably go back because of the lack of alternatives. I've found that the true measure of a gelateria's capability lies in the Pistachio flavor.
Only open a short time in Manhattan Beach, Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato has picked up a big following in Colorado and to a somewhat lesser degree in Las Vegas. The space is fun and funky, which fits in with the beachy atmosphere just a few steps away.
The staff is very friendly and generous with samples. They have many flavors available at any one time most of which seem to have either chocolate, caramel or Oreo’s in the mix. Donald, the co-owner, is super friendly and wanted to know how we heard about them. I told them that they have gotten very good reviews on Chowhound. He came over and talked to us for a while, and even offered us a free cup of coffee and gave us some coupons for free scoops of ice cream in the future. He reminds me a lot of Dan at Fredo’s Phillys, a real nice guy who is very appreciative of the recognition that their product is receiving. Asked why they have a lot of ice creams contained Oreos, he said he though that it went well with a lot of their flavors. In addition to being co-owner, Donald, is also the “chef” of all their ice creams and gelatos. You can tell he takes pride in the ice cream and gelatos he makes daily.
The Banana ice cream tastes like a frozen banana that I used to enjoy as a kid. Lots of real bananas are infused into the ice cream, which is very refreshing on a cool summer day. The ice cream is not too sweet, as the bananas used are at their peak of flavor.
The Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream is a mix of dark chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirled into the mix. This is a very rich ice cream, but is a little bit on the sweeter side. The peanut butter helps to cut the sweetness as does the bitter after taste of the chocolate. This is a great combination, and when eaten in conjunction with the Banana ice cream is a heavenly mixture.
The Banana Caramel Crunch combines caramel and banana ice cream with the crunchy texture of Oreos. The caramel comes to the forefront while the banana plays a supporting role. The texture contrast of the Oreos is a nice surprise.
The Funky Monkey is a base of banana ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate bits. It’s reminiscent of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey with the addition of peanut butter. The light and refreshing banana ice cream is offset with the peanut butter and chocolate, but this is also a winning combination.
Overall, the ice cream at Glacier is top notch. The ice cream is creamier and denser than that of Fosselman’s but is also a little sweeter. While Fosselman’s has a lot of fruit flavors and those that are more subtle, Glacier has much bolder flavors on their menu. If you’re in the area, definitely try Glacier out.
Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato
1605 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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This is a very nice ice cream shop. Especially for children --they several very nice toys for them.
Have both ice cream, and sepatately: gelato.
While standing in line a customer said: this is not gelato. Scooper explained we call it gelato since it has less fat than other ice creams. An other customer: it is way too dense for gelato.
When it came our turn-including visitors from Italy: very hard, not fresh taste, not strong flavors, very cold, dense. By calling it gelato, it does not make it gelato.
Visited the South Bay from Santa Monica on Saturday to try Glacier after reading about it here. Tried the chocolate and peach. The chocolate tasted more like a chocolate candy than any chocolate IC I've had. Delish. The peach was indeed dense and full of peach flavor, I could almost taste the skin. This may be the best ice cream I've had in a while.
I have to agree that Glacier Ice Cream in Manhattan Beach is fantastic!! My wife and I went today, and tasted a bunch of things before we got the ice cream. Extremely creamy and very tasty. One of the best ice creams I have ever had.
Dav, they now have "free filtered ice water" in a nice bottle/dispenser on the table with the napkins, etc. (I agree, have to have water ... and it is now there)
Talked to the owner, and he admitted that they are working out the operational kinks now, and seems willing to accept comments.
The Velhrona Chocolate Sorbet looked amazing. I am going for the gelato next time ...
We went today after a road trip to Vito's Pizza. I had a scoop of Peach Ice Cream (my fav flav which I nevr have because it always tastes like peach perfume) and the Key Lime Pie flavor. The Peach is great-very smooth, very dense and tastes like pureed peach-tart and bright. SO has the almond gelato-very good too. They are happy to let you tast EVERY flavor twice. There were also free samples of cookies and cupcakes. I think this is the best gelato/ice cream in the SB right now. Oh they also have Mexican coke, diet Vermors, Blenheim Girger Ale, Dad's and Frosty root beer and Sarsparilla. Not bad at all.
I am sure if we ask they wil set up a water cooler-one step closer to perfection.