Mashti Malone Ice Cream
In my three years here I hadn't experienced great local ice cream, but I just found this wonderful Persian (I think) ice cream join in a strip mall on La Brea north of Wilshire. It's apparently been around for 21 years, so I assume some of you hounds know of it, though I didn't see any posts in the archive. (Keeping some secrets are we?) :)
This is tremendous homemade ice cream shop with some innovative flavors. There is a wonderful pistachio ice cream with rosewater and saffron, which has a clean, refreshing flavor, the rosewater is not overwhelming, and the saffron seems to mostly add color. There is also a rosewater-ginger ice cream (nice, strong ginger flavor) and a rosewater ice (which I didn't get to try). I also tried Mango and Turkish Coffee ice creams. Both were wonderful. The coffee had the creamy texture of a gelato (though in my little sample, I didn't taste any of the spices one might expect from "Turkish Coffee"). The Mango had a superbly strong mango flavor. All of the ice creams had the creamy goodness of a homemade, high in butterfat product and the server was generous with free samples.
Is this the Mashti Malone's that's been on the West side of LaBrea, just above Sunset, for years and years? About the name: it used to be "Muggsy Malone's" as I recall, and supposed to evoke Irish boxers or something such. Then the current owners took over and didn't bother replacing the entire sign.