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Ice Cream Parlor - Westside?

Is there an ice cream parlor on the westside of Los Angeles?

I'll define westside as north of the airport, south of Sunset, west of Beverly Glen and east of the Pacific Ocean. I'm willing to venture outside the boundaries, slightly, except for the last one.

I don't want Foster Freeze, Cold Stone is not a sit down parlor.

Does such a thing exist anymore? A Farrell's or Swenson's type place?

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  1. I know exactly what you're talking about. When I was growing up, in Vegas (of all places) my mom owned a restaurant. A few doors down was a classic candy shop with an ice cream parlor in it. Sundaes, banana splits, thick malts, floats and shakes? I can't say I know of anything like that around here. I have heard good things about Fosselman's Ice Cream Company, but it's in Alhambra. I haven't been there, but I hear the ice cream is good, with a high butterfat content (not the more modern gourmet gelato type.)

    1. Don't think there any Swenson's anymore, sadly. You may want to try Carvel's - there are two tables and a bench outside. Not much of a sit down, is it? It's on Santa Monica Blvd., north side of street, just east of Sepulveda. Or, you could try a Ben & Jerry's. There's one in Venice and maybe Westwood.

      1. Maybe you could kind of get your fill at Leonida's on Santa Monica Blvd...

        It's not a parlor really, but at least it has a sit down place... you do have to purchase and go to the counter yourself... that place on the 3rd St Promenade... blanking on the name. There's also Diddy Reese, but again, I wouldn't call it a parlor.

        If you'd go a bit farther east, you could try MILK or Al Gelato.

        1. Try MILK on Beverly Blvd and Pointsettia. They make their own ice cream, drumsticks,bars, hot fudge sundaes and root beer floats plus more. They also have good food and pastries. Also there is a Farrels in Santa Clarita I believe. Its been mentioned before. I tried fosselmans it was okay. Let us know if you find anything.

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          1. re: paprkutr

            I was looking for the same thing and there does not seem to be anything like the Farrells and Swensons of the 70's. This place is not an ice cream parlor, but Cafe 50's on Santa Monica Blvd. near Barrington has lots of shakes and sundaes and a cute 50's diner decor. My daughter got a brownie shake and loved it.

            1. re: holleygolitely

              if you're going to recommend cafe 50's, swingers is in a similar vein.

              1. re: Emme

                LOL ...

                We actually went to Cafe 50s because the older son was at a birthday party as Swingers -- so we couldn't show up at Swingers with the younger one and his friends.

                Good idea, though ..

              2. re: holleygolitely

                At 8:00 on Saturday night, we had a hankering to take the kids out for ice cream and we went to Cafe 50s -- but the one on Lincoln.

                It did the trick, no doubt, but wasn't exactly what we were looking for.

                That's what prompted the post --

            2. These places don't really exist, especially on the Westside. The best I can recommend is Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena on the corner of Fair Oaks and Mission. It has all the old fashion ice cream parlor atmosphere. I believe there is also a Farrell's in Santa Clarita.

              It seems the trend is gelato, gourmet ice cream and frozen yogurt. Sigh.

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              1. re: Ogawak

                I've only passed it and not been in it yet, but the Colony Cafe on Pico Blvd. near the Westside Pavilion might have a version of what you're looking for:

                "The Colony Cafe is located at 10937 W Pico Blvd. It's reminiscent of a New England summer beach diner with great outdoor seating. And the food is amazing. You can choose from delicious burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads.

                Attached to the Cafe is Papa's Porch. Run by the same management, Papa's Porch is a coffee/ice cream shop."

              2. It's pretty amazing that such a thing does not exist.

                We just wanted ice cream at 8 on a Saturday night.

                We considered Denny's, even Fromin's deli ... as above, we ended up at Cafe 50s on Lincoln, which was fine, it did the trick.

                We live in Culver City and were meeting friends in Santa Monica, which is why I limited the region. I wasn't driving to Santa Clarita, Alhambra or Pasadena at that point ... I was tired from a long day. Nothing wrong with those places, I just wasn't going that far.

                Man, with all the kid's birthday parties and stuff -- someone should open an ice cream parlor in West L.A.

                (The funny thing is -- I don't eat ice cream, so I never really thought about it until Saturday when we were talking the kids out. Me opening an ice cream shop would be like a vegetarian opening a steakhouse ... sort of ... But I still think someone should do it.)

                1. Not quite what you are looking for but, on Tuesday nights, Wilshire restaurant in Santa Monica has an "Ice Cream Shoppe" night at which they serve an array of home-made ice cream creations, including splits, malts and sundaes. They are very good but pricier than the average ice cream parlor would be.

                  In addition, there is a Ben & Jerry's on Main Street in Santa Monica and, while I have not been there in a couple of years, there was Eiger's on Barrington Place, South of Sunset.

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                  1. re: New Trial

                    Sadly, Eiger's closed a couple years ago.

                  2. Glacier Ice Cream in Manhattan Beach is just a few minutes south of LAX on Sepulveda, and well worth the trip !!! It's not a sit down ice cream parlor where a waitress comes to take your order, but there is a very pleasant tables-and-chairs area where you can enjoy the incredible flavors.


                    1. Closer to home, there is also a Ben and Jerry's in the Promenade at Howard Hughes, where the Bridge theater is. It's on the ground floor in the courtyard near the Borders.

                      We satisfy our craves close by home either with Ugo or Fantasia for gelato, Coldstone if the kids HAVE to have a cone (I don't like CS, though) or Milk if we're willing to drive. Milk is pretty great if you haven't been, and worth a trip.

                      1. not exactly what you want, nor in the location you want, but it does have a lot of the 'feel' and product that you want:
                        Glacier Ice Cream in manhattan beach

                        Glacier Ice Cream of Ca LLC

                        1605 N Sepulveda Blvd
                        Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
                        (310) 545-9730