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Best Ice Cream in LA?

I have a craving...! Any suggestions?

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  1. What's your general location? If you're close, Fosselman's is probably the hands down winner.

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    1. re: thericequeen

      i live on the westside--so anywhere west of, well, westwood is easy for me to get to...

      1. re: hippodeir

        YokuYoku on the corner of Palms and Sepulveda has good gelato and frozen yogurt. The gelato isn't as sweet as some of the others but it is rich. There's a Baskin Robbins in the Von's shopping center on the corner of Sepulveda and National and, if you're in the mood to travel a bit and like the exotic, there's Mashti Malone's at 1525 La Brea: it's owned by Persian brothers and has out-of-the-ordinary flavors.

        1. re: thericequeen

          I agree with thericequeen above about Mashti Malone's...an eating experience. But if your craving is itching and needs a quick fix, I would head to The Rose Market at 1922 Westwood Boulevard for some interesting Persian flavors.

          If it is frozen yogurt that you like, I am a fan of the Bigg Chill on the Westside.

          1. re: liu

            Third Mashti's.

            Frankly, my favorite for the little kid in me is at Rite-Aid.

            Fro yo I like Yogurt Factory on SM Blvd.

            Other good ice cream places...
            Delicieuse in Redondo Beach, Dr. Bobs, MILK, Scoops, Glacier Ice Cream and Gelato

              1. re: miffy

                Dr. Bob's Ice Cream you can find in Claremont stores

                1. re: miffy

                  Dr. Bobs is available at Vicente Foods in Brentwood.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Also available at Bay Cities in Santa Monica and most Bristol Farms.

      2. in the south bay
        only open 3 days a week
        2503 Artesia Blvd
        redondo beach
        ... 310-370-9515

        1. Rose Market on Westwood in West LA serves Persian ice cream flavors. With the weather warming up and the summer fruits coming down the pipe, they should be in full swing.

          Rose Market
          1922 Westwood Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            Hey, we're having the same cravings...Check out my post just above yours! Ha-Ha!!!
            I love the Rose Market or Mashti's, and I'll look for you there!

            1. re: liu

              Both places jam... the OP is trying to stay in the Westside... I just ate my last bit of Mashti's ginger rosewater ice cream with some Harry's strawbs a couple of weekends ago... :(

              1. re: bulavinaka

                "...a couple of weekends ago..." What's taking you so long to replenish?

                1. re: liu

                  My belt is getting too short... :0

            2. re: bulavinaka

              And be prepared - "...in full swing..." means a big crowd on hot weekend evenings!

            3. Glacier is finally open at 1605 N Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach! Worth the trip! Bring a cooler and an ice block with you, you're gonna wanna bring some pint-fulls home!


              1. The Chowhound link below (OP and the replys) is worth a read.


                1. I like Fosselman's the best, for American style ice cream. I recently tried their fresh banana malt, and it was delicious.

                  1824 W. Main St.
                  Alhambra, CA 91801

                  I usually get Persian ice cream from Persian markets, in the freezer section. If you cannot make it to Mashti Malone's in Hollywood or Glendale, you can buy Mashti Malone's ice cream from Persian markets throughout LA in various sizes. There are other brands that are also good, but I can't think of the names right now.


                  For green tea ice cream, I like the brand Maeda-en, which is sold in various Asian markets and also at Famima!!! in the freezer section.


                  1. don't hate me for actually posting this reply but the best ice cream is at your local grocery store. Breyer's all natural... it is pretty good pure ice cream.

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                    1. re: kathryn7673

                      Breyer's "all natural" isn't pure anymore. Unilever took over, and now it's cheap supermarket ice cream loaded with stabilizers/gums, "Natural Flavors" instead of vanilla, fake chocolate chips and other crimes against the unknowing public.

                    2. IMO Fosselman's and Mashti Malone's both have very good ice cream but MILK is better. Ice cream cones, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, Bon Bons, shakes -- OMG!

                      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.

                      1. - Mashti Malone's
                        - Fosselman's

                        We can't stand Scoops. Maybe we went on an off night (might give it another shot if I'm in the area) but the ice cream was chalky, bland, and simply bad tasting. I really don't understand the hype.

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                        1. re: adevejian

                          Fosselman's is great, but I feel like I'm going to die afterwards.

                        2. Bennett's Ice Cream is wonderful.
                          Traditional flavors and without gimmicks.
                          They also sell 1/2 Gallon sizes...so you can lug it home.

                          Located in the Farmer's Market (3rd St. & Fairfax).
                          6333 W. Third St. Los Angeles, CA 90036

                          1. 1. Scoops (East Hollywood)
                            2. Fosselman's (Alhambra)
                            3. Saffron Spot (Little India, Artesia)
                            4. "Ice Cream Yogurt" (Redondo Beach, on th extreme southeastern corner of the pier)

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                            1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                              i just checked out scoops the other night and loved it! (mostly cause i couldn't believe that the guiness chocolate & jim beam vegan mint ice creams would taste good..! ;)

                              thanks guys for the suggestions--i am slowly checking them out...(gotta pace myself)

                            2. The Pinkberry article in yesterday's LA Times Weekend section had a sidebar listing of gelato and ice-cream places around the area. Conspicuous by its absence was Fosselman's, which as far as I'm concerned totally blew any credibility that writer may have thought she had.

                              It's true that if there's any flaw in Fosselman's ice cream, it's due to the high fat content which can mask some flavors - it sorta clogs the taste buds (not to mention your arteries!) and blunts the edge of freshness. Peach and berry flavors I think don't come through as strongly as I'd wish. But it's still my ice cream of choice - ridiculously cheap, too, given the quality.

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                              1. re: Will Owen

                                their taro is also amazing

                                i just feel bad for my body whenever i go there

                              2. I love Fosselman's as well. It serves some of the best raspberry ice cream I've tasted. However, since you're on the west side, There's also Al Gelato on Robertson as well. They also serve good lasagna and apple pie!

                                bon apetit!

                                1. IMHO, McConnell's has been the best ice cream in southern California for years (or, at the very least, since Eiger's closed) And now that they have an outlet on the wharf in Redondo Beach, they count as an L. A. ice cream and not just Santa Barbara. Also available at many supermarkets.

                                  Mcconnells Ice Cream Yogurt
                                  100 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                  McConnell's Ice Cream
                                  835 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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                                  1. re: maxzook

                                    Which ice cream place is this in Redondo Beach? Where is it located exactly? I wonder if it's the same one I've been going to.

                                  2. I have to agree re McConnell's. It is amazing ice cream. The vanilla bean is the best I have ever had, and their Turkish Coffee ruined me for all other coffee ice cream. The coconut is also great. We like it so much we had it served at our wedding. Yummm. I wish there was another in L.A. besides the Redondo one.