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Jan 6, 2008 08:13 AM

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.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Fosselman's, hands down, IMHO.

    1. 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!!!

      1. Be aware that Fosselman's doesn't have table service. You wait in line and get your goodies and then find your own table.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: justagthing

            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!


          2. 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.

            Linking ...

            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

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            1. re: maxzook

              These four would have been my suggestion, but I'll also throw in MILK as an option.

              1. re: maxzook

                I love the soda fountain that was relocated from a midwestern shop but the ice cream served at Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain is mediocre compared to Fosselman's and Dr. Bob's.

                1. re: sel

                  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

                  1. re: maxzook

                    Thanks, as always, for linking maxzook. On my computer, linking somehow remains an iffy function.

                  2. re: sel

                    Funny, I am pretty sure they serve Fosselman's ice cream at the Fair Oaks Pharmacy.

                    1. re: Minimang

                      Me too, I had read that they served Fosselman's but after a hot fudge sundae I asked and the server said that they did not. Maybe they once did and maybe they do now but they did not the few times that I've gone in the past. Still a cool soda fountain though!

                  3. re: maxzook

                    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.

                    1. re: Minimang

                      Me too. I grew up going to Fosselman's (and Kane's toys!-all time favorite toy store in the world). But I must say Fair Oaks Pharmacy has gone down hill lately. Really bad service and the management doesn't seem to care much about the condition of the place.