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East Bay Ice Cream Parlors?

SLRossi Oct 10, 2008 09:37 AM

What other real ice cream parlors exist besides Fentons? I've never really been a fan of Fentons. Bonus points if you have a good suggestion in Contra Costa. It doesn't need to offer food, just great sundaes and shakes.

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    ML8000 Oct 10, 2008 10:10 AM

    Are you looking for old school type places? Just wondering because there's a bunch of new-age, chic, cool ice cream places in Berkeley and Oakland.

    Best old school place I know of is the shop part of Burger Depot on Solano (near San Pablo). It's small, mom and pop and locals seem to really like it. Very old fashion after school type place. That said, I'm not sure I'd call it a destination type place. Perfect neighborhood spot however.

    In Oakland, there's also Dreyers, part of their HQ. As one would expect, it's nice, clean, lots of flavors but it's not so much a kids place a la Fenton's.

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      SLRossi Oct 10, 2008 10:37 AM

      I'd entertain anything, but I was thinking of more of an old school place. Most importantly they need to be able to follow my seemingly simple directions/request to make a chocolate milkshake. One would think requesting a choco shake made with choco ice cream and NO additional choco syrup would be simple enough. Based on past experience this seems to be an alien request.

      1. re: SLRossi
        kc72 Oct 10, 2008 10:43 AM

        Val's makes a good milkshake.. pretty good burgers. But it's in Castro Valley/Hayward

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      Louise Oct 10, 2008 11:07 AM

      Tucker's on Park St in Alameda. Old-school. I've had good ice cream but never tried the shakes.

      Loard's in Alameda. Haven't been there but it gets good reviews.

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        Hunicsz Oct 10, 2008 11:43 AM

        Second Tucker's. Better ice cream than Loard's, and more parlor-y.

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          Stephanie Wong Oct 10, 2008 03:42 PM

          Forget Loard's; it's too aggravating -- the teenage staff scooping is much more scattered than Tucker's staff.

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        5am Oct 10, 2008 11:29 AM

        Ye Old San Francisco Creamery in Walnut Creek fits you request for a parlor. The problem is the ice cream is pretty poor and the service can be even worse. A far better choice for ice cream in WC is the gelato at Naia a couple of blocks over but they are not at all a parlor.

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          slipson Oct 10, 2008 01:27 PM

          Loards also has branches in Orinda and Moraga. They are typical old time parlors. Not fancy, not the best icecream in the world, but still good and fun for families. I like the Moraga branch better then the Orinda branch.

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            Solop Oct 13, 2008 09:07 AM

            I'm fond of my local shop, Ice Cream Mania in Pinole (http://www.chow.com/places/13624).

            The ice cream (Gunther's) is decent, and the staff is friendly. Haven't tried them on special orders like your chocolate shake, but I suspect the notion wouldn't throw them.

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