Ice cream sundae in/near Venice?
I take my mom out for a hot fudge sundae for her birthday every year. She recently moved to Venice and I have no idea where to go this year. Besides the various ice cream chains, where can I find a fabulous hot fudge sundae?
Hardpressed in Venice proper, but...
Sadly, California Pizza Kitchen does a great hot fudge sundae as does Cheesecake Factory, both in Marina del Rey.
Houston's in Santa Monica
The Ivy (farther)
Lawry's (farther away)
On Tuesday evenings, Wilshire (on Wilshire Blvd. near 25th in Santa Monica) offers an "Ice Cream Shoppe" dessert menu that changes each week but always includes some form of sundae among the offerings. The ice creams are all made in house and the flavors I have tried (which also change weekly) have been great.
Cold Stone Creamery on Main Street is technically Santa Monica, but it's too close to Venice to make a difference. I don't know who could make a better sundae. There's also a Ben & Jerry's on Main Street further North.
Hands down, it's Hal's in Venice on Abbot Kinney; one of the best in the city - rich chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream sit in a large bowl surrounded by both caramel and chocolate fudge sauce, topped with rich fresh whipped cream and whole almonds. Depending when you go you can even take in some jazz. The others listed here are pretty good especially Houston's and CPK in Santa Monica or MDR, as well as Cheesecake Factory in MDR. The Ivy for all of their rarified toppings use a strange ice milk like ice cream and I've started boycotting Cold Stone since they switched to Reddi Whip at the beginning of the year. Is nothing sacred?