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Phx: Im search of...

Two things...

1. A good, old fashion ice cream shop? (not gelato)

and...

2. Any dim sum better than C-fu or Golden Buddha? or should I give Golden Buddha another chance? Been to both. Golden Buddha was a better one, but still just... mediocre. But possibly could've been an off day for them.

Thanks.

Also, a few weeks ago, I asked for some recs for a trip to AZ and I got some great response. My trip was postponed but I'm finally heading out there this Thursday. Thanks everyone for their recs and I can't wait to try them. I will post back on my trip. ;)

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  1. Where will you be staying?

    My choice for ice cream is Mary Coyle's. The homemade ice cream and the sheer menu of crazy concoctions makes it my choice.

    They also cater to the kiddies, which is important to me.

    p.s. the website doesn't even cover the number of sundaes and other goodies offered.

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    Mary Coyle Ice Cream & Yogurt
    5521 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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    1. re: mamamia

      I will be staying in the Biltmore area. But also will be spending some time in Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert and Glendale. I don't mind driving if I can do some sight seeing along the way.

      Well, I guess it will be scorching hot out that way so I guess I will have to try both Mary Coyle and Sugar Bowl.Yum, can't wait.

    2. Depending on where you're staying...

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      Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor
      4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Streamers Ice Cream Parlor
      1166 S Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296

      1. I'd suggest giving GB another try. Unfortunately, they do have their off days, but they are about the best around among the ones we've tried. I know Ciaogal has mentioned another place, Jade Palace possibly, that she enjoys. It sounds like a smaller selection, but it might be worth a try. If you search the board you might find where she talked about it.

        As far as old fashioned ice cream, Mary Coyles comes to mind. I remember hearing about another one, but it escapes me at the moment.

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        1. re: Firenza00

          Jade Palace only serves Dim Sum on Sundays...it is well worth it. It's always hot and freshly made...it you don't see it just ask...within a few minutes it's piping hot fresh from the kitchen...

        2. I'd say China King has the best dim sum in PHX right now. Golden Buddha used to be decent but it seems like it has gone downhill.

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          China King Buffet
          1050 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224

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          1. re: andyeats

            Sugar bowl is awesome, better than Mary Coyle's.

            If the greatWall reopened dim sum is supposed to be the bomb there.

            1. re: drewb123

              no way!!! i love mary coyles - they make their own ice cream, been around forever. oh yeah - they have a sandwich that has something ridiculous like 12 slices of bacon on it.

              i think the sugar bowl might be a tiny bit cuter, and its definitely in a more tourist friendly area, but mary coyles, in my opinion, has much better ice cream. and food.

              1. re: winedubar

                I agree, I had such high hopes for Sugar Bowl, but everything was sickly sweet. Got a black cherry sundae that tasted nothing of fruit, only soppy melty sweetness. I prefer Mary Coyles -- but what I really wish, actually, is that we still has a few Swensens' open in the Valley. I don't really think as a metro area we're an ice cream destination. At all.

                1. re: themis

                  Isn't there a Swensens' at Peoria and the 17?

                  1. re: Firenza00

                    You bet there is!

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                    Swensen's Ice Cream
                    10400 N 28th Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85051

          2. The Sugar Bowl has great ice cream and stuff, but don't eat lunch there. We did that a couple of years ago and the food wasn't anything special, but the ice cream and desserts were great.

            I don't remember being impressed with Mary Coyle, although we went a long time ago and my memory isn't what it used to be.

            We've tried dim sum at GB, C-Fu, China King, and Great Wall. We prefer GB, but they do have bad days, unfortunately. It seemed to me that they had the best selection.