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Nov 7, 2008 04:01 PM

Snow Cones / Shaved Ice as big as your head?

Been searching for a place in the LA area that serves enormous, cheap, amazing snow cones. I know there have been previous posts, but I wanted to start a newer thread in case any of these places closed down. Any advice would be much appreciated!


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  1. As I mentioned in a previous post, I can't attest to its authenticity, but they have started serving a shaved ice at Diddy Riese in Westwood Village. I've seen them and they are pretty big. Nothing exotic -- just vanilla ice cream, shaved ice, and a choice of three syrups. Like the cookies, ice cream sandwiches, and even hot dogs at Diddy Riese, the best thing is the price -- $1.50 if I recall correctly. Go with a friend so the driver can circle the block while the other goes inside, or you can use the public parking structure which is a block south of Broxton on the same (east) side of the street.

    1. Shaka's in Alhambra. Eat it there and they serve it in a big soup bowl for like $2.50 otherwise if you take it to go its in like a 16oz styrofoam to go cup.

      Shakas Hawaiian Food
      101 W. Main Street #C (next to Starbucks)
      Alhambra, CA 91801 Phone: 626-293-5520

      1. Guppy's Tea House, which has several locations now, serves shaved ice in 'clam shell' bowls. Yes, they are as big or even bigger than you head.

        1. I think a place just opened recently in Studio City or Sherman Oaks, I remember readingabout it. Started by 2 ladies from the entertainment industry with their roots in New Orleans. Ssorry I can not remember the name.

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            This is

            NOLA Ice
            13569 Ventura Blvd
            Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

            (818) 817-9373

            We tried it, it was friendly, not Hansen's Sno-Bliz but not bad for LA.

            We keep hearing about Tutu's in Simi Valley for Hawaiian shave ice but still haven't been out there.

            1. re: PayOrPlay

              That's because it's New Orleans/Louisiana style shaved ice, not Hawaiian.

              It's not as good as the stuff I can get back home (in the "other" LA), but it's a good facsimile of the real thing.

              Also, you HAVE to get it with the milk on top (condensed milk), for a truly authentic, Louisianian experience.

          2. Here is something i just found on Google.

            New Orleans Snoballs
            4452 W Slauson Ave
            Los Angeles, CA
            (323) 292-3145‎

            I would call and get the hours before you head over there.

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            1. re: Burger Boy

              I was standing in line at Surfas yesterday and the woman behind me, after noting all the Monin syrup bottles in my basket, started up a conversation and ended up strongly recommending the aforementioned New Orleans Snoballs, at Slauson & Overhill. Has anyone tried it?