Best Ice Cream Parlor in LA (like Farrells used to be)
For my husband's 40th birthday, I want to surprise him and take him and our 3 kids, under 5 years old) for ice cream someplace great. My husband loved Farrell's as a kid and I am wondering if the current farrells is worth the trip or if we should try fosselmans or dr bob's.
We live in west LA but will travel 30-45 minutes.
While I like both Dr. Bob's and Fosselman's ice creams, the later has a genuine old time ice cream parlor ambiance that my lads enjoy. And it's closer to WLA where you are comming from and also closer to a vast selection of Chinese cusine that I usually have before a trip to Fosselman's!!!
Be aware that Fosselman's doesn't have table service. You wait in line and get your goodies and then find your own table.
The one last Farrell's is located in Santa Clarita. My cousin had her hubby's 40th Bday there. It was quite fun. There is also mini golf and an arcade for the kids. Not exactly the same as the original Farrell's but they do have the Zoo and the Pig's Trough.
We LOVED Glacier ice cream in Manhattan Beach. The flavors were more rich and and flavors more spot on than Scoops. I had the Gingersnap... the darn best ginger bread ice cream since B&J Festivus (My all time fave ice cream) and Homemade Fudge, Peanutbutter and Oreo (yes, I did type that out right... and yes, now I can die happy).
P. had birthday cake, which really had the fun taste of cake batter.
Their in house waffle cones are also EXCELLENT, not to sweet, delicate so you can eat them really easy...
We want to be back often, but our diet perfers we do otherwise... LOL!
RIP C. C. Brown's and Soda Jerks.
You mentioned Farrell's, Fosselman's and Dr. Bob's, all of which are a lot more than 45 minutes from West L.A.., so I'll recommend the Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pas which is a little closer and has the old-fashioned soda fountain vibe.
Fosselman's Ice Cream Co
1824 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain
1526 Mission St South, Pasadena, CA 91030
Dr Bob's HandCrafted IceCreams
1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour
21516 Golden Triangle Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Perhaps, but I think think the OP is going for the old-fashioned-soda-fountain vibe in preference to the gourmet-ice-cream vibe. Otherwise, I'd recommend Scoops or Milk over Farrell's.
Catching up on links ...
Disney's Soda Fountain & Studio Store
6834 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
8209 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA
I grew up going to Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, my Nana used to have a toy store across the street. From the days when I needed help onto the stool to current day it has the same "Norman Rockwell" atmosphere and hands down best ice cream sodas anywhere. Fosselman's just opened another branch in San Marino on Huntington Dr. but the ice cream "joint" on Main in Alhambra is where they make the ice cream which comes in classic flavors like Rocky Road and Mint Chip to more exotics like Taro. Enjoy with your kids, I have many fond memories of both these places.