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Jun 17, 2008 10:49 PM


ok. craving a banana split. work downtown. help?

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  1. Fosselman's in Alhambra isn't that far from downtown if you've got a craving!

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    1. re: jillso

      Heck, if you're willing to drive to Alhambra, might as well go to Soda Jerks in South Pasadena for that split.

      1. re: J.L.

        Soda Jerks is RIP (and was in Pasadena, not South Pas). You might be thinking of the Fair Oaks Pharmacy. Depending on where you're starting from downtown, Fosselman's might be more convenient.

        1. re: Jack Flash

          D'oh! I meant to say Fair Oaks Rx... Brain freeze!

      2. Macy's Plaza ( at 7th and Hope) downstairs food court has a Dreyers ice cream stall ...

        1. Not *too* far is MILK on Beverly

          If you're in the valley, Boneyard Bistro

          If you get to Culver City, try Ford's Filling Station.

          And in Beverly Hills, Marty D's.

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          1. re: Emme

            Seeing as the original poster works in downtown, I know there is an ice cream place in the plaza between First and Second Street in Little Tokyo that "might" do banana splits, but I've never really tried the place. Lots of frozen yogurt and gelateria places near there too. As far as a real banana split it's not too far, but perhaps a little out of the way is Mateo's on Vermont and Pico. It's a Mexican ice cream place and I've had their banana split at their store in Culver City. The ice cream is pretty good and the plus is they also make some "exotic" ice creams based on tropical fruits/flavors you find in Mexico like soursop, mamey, et. al. So you can go the traditional flavors like vanilla, strawberry and chocolate or smoked milk, yellow get the picture. Don't have the brochure handy, but google can probably tell you where. Hmm...says, 1250 S. Vermont and phone is 213-738-7288.

          2. Best in town is the SilkySplit at Silky Smooth in the Beverly Center---totally worth the drive, they are actually a microcreamery and make the freshest flavors with the most velvety texture I've ever experienced. Check em out on yelp
            Wish they had more locations...