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Garden Grove-Philly Style Soft Serve

Has anyone tried this yet?
They also have water ice. Wondering if it is good and worth the trip???

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/ora...

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  1. passed the place when I was comming home with my son one night from Disneyland.. still kicking myself after that time article.. there was a group of people in line.. always a good indication..

    1. This is a joke, right? Philly is known for Steak Sandwiches, Taylor Pork roll, black and white shakes, smooshed soft pretzels served cold w/mustard, scrapple, Charles chips, Tasty cakes, Water Ice and Italian rolls. Soft serve ICE CREAM? News to me. THere's custard down the shore areas that has snuck its way into the city. The dairies, most now gone had hard ice cream, but soft serve? Where? THere's Dairy Queens, I lived in Philly most my life and do not remember one independent soft serve operator. Can someone please fill me in? NOW, good water ice? Chocolate? I'm there. I'm gonna give this place a try.

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      1. re: LuigiOrtega

        When I was in Philly a couple years ago, most of the water ice places allowed you to "swirl" with soft-serve, but I think it was advertized as "custard" and not "ice cream".

        This place does seem worth a drive, at least if you will be in OC. I have had a hankering for water ice for 2 years :-)

        1. re: running pig

          Is this swirl another name for the Freeze that they serve at Dairy Queen? That's where they mix flavored slush and soft serve. also called slush floats at Foster's Freeze.

          1. re: ysb

            Kinda like that, but the quality of water ice is superior (in my opinion)

      2. We discovered this place about a year a go, when we were still living in OC. If it were remotely close to us, we'd still be going, but sadly we are 100 miles away. (still might be worthy it - we really love water ice!) It's no Rita's but it's definitely very, very close. And the "gelati" - can you really get that anywhere else in so cal? Their flavors change frequently - wish i could have had a chance to try their blood orange, apparently it's awesome!

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        1. re: fudisgud

          One other place for Perfect Water Ice and Gelati is D' Dio's in Santa Monica at Euclid and Montana. He bought the Recipe off Pop's in South Philly. Rita's is only fair, hate their chocolate, other flavors okay.

          1. re: LuigiOrtega

            thanks for sharing about thsi place - we're actually headed toward los angeles this week and will have to be making this a stop! Our family's love for Rita's has a lot to do with nostalgia - the mark of the summer season beginning when Rita's opened - and we really miss that being on the west coast.

        2. Gosh I haven't been here in a while. It's in a rather bizarre location on the border of the Asian side of GG near Santa Ana. I remember thinking "water ices"? That was what first prompted me to pull over as I had never seen such a thing in OC before. I honestly thought this place would fail. Glad it's getting some attention. Decent soft serve.

          I do remember thinking the cherry tasted really artificial but maybe it's changed since I last went (I think bout 2 yrs ago)

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          1. re: choctastic

            Well, they are gourmet snow cones in a way....they all kind of taste fake but thats a little of the charm...its the flavoring that KIDDOS like.

          2. I think Joe's is great. I tried it with the soft serve, the Joelatti, but I ended up with just the water ice. A nice cool treat on a hot summer day. And you can't beat the price either.

            1. We go often. What they're talking about is a parfait of soft serve and water ice (Italian ice to us Central Jerseyites), which is called "gelati" in PA and NJ. It got morphed into Joe-latti because, well, it's called Joe's.

              It's really good -- and for my fellow transplants, it's "the real thing" -- found only here and at DiDio's on Montana in Santa Monica (which is very good, but expensive and has a fancy shop in a trendy area -- Joe's is pretty much a beach shack in a parking lot).

              It's on Harbor Blvd. south of Chapman, in the "International West" district or whatever Garden Grove is calling their resort area near Disneyland.

              1. I went there a few days after the article came out, it was really good ! I had the dreamsicle (vanilla soft-serve swirled with the orange) and it was the best version I've ever had.