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Mar 18, 2009 12:35 PM

Ed's Real Scoop Opening in Leslieville

Ed's Real Scoop will be opening at the former Cajun Corner location on Queen near Logan. This fills a serious junk food gap in the area.

I don't know whether this represents a move or an additional location. I get nervous when very personal enterprises like Ed's begin to open multiple units.

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  1. I just told my husband about this and he said we're in real trouble now. We live about a block or so from Queen & Logan. Love Ed's.

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    1. re: SusanB

      Well, we were there today - went first to pick up hot cross buns at the Brick bakery, then stopped for ice cream. The chile chocolate was fabulous. We're definitely in trouble.

      After living in this neighbourhood for a couple of decades, all I can say is I love it!

      1. re: SusanB

        I agree on two things. It's become a great foodie neighbourhood and we're in trouble that Ed's is so close.
        The new store is great: big, bright, friendly. Everybody was really welcoming on Saturday and I see it being a major stopping place on an ongoing basis.
        If you've never had Ed's Pumpkin Ice Cream, try some.

    2. Is this the same ERS from the Beach(es)? Their ice cream is pretty good but I wish Greg's (from the Annex) would open up here.

      1. Why oh WHY does Leslieville get all the good stuff while up on the Danforth we are stuck with same old same old? I'll trade one of your bakeries for a Mr Greek, one bad Thai and one bad Japanese and a Kernels outlet.

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              1. re: grandgourmand

                I went last night (Sunday) at 8:00 and the place was really busy. Everyone seemed to be really excited to have a local place within walking distance. Every flavour that I said looked yummy they quickly gave me a sample to try. I tried the peanut butter and jam, pumpkin, chocolate fudge and peanut butter - and my husbands strawberries and cream, and blackberry yogurt. I couldn't decide and the guy said that regardless of the size I chose he could give me two different flavours. I will definitely be back - but hopefully not too often!

                1. re: grandgourmand

                  Weston's smells great. Just don't eat it.

            1. So very cool. I was away for two weeks and came back to see this open. Also impressed with the community minded "Mercury Espresso flavour" added to the mix. Greg's? Wha Greg's? Greg's hasn't been good since they moved to the JCC. Please. Long live Ed!

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              1. re: currycue

                Had the Mercury Espresso flavour...fantastic coffee flavour without being overly sweet. Ed went to Mercury and asked them for 32 oz of espresso for his ice cream and they said he could have it for free as long as he put Mercury in the name. Great community spirit. The Guinness ice cream is as good as Greg's stout ever was. On the whole as good if not better (since I live a couple blocks west in Riverside) than Greg's.

              2. Darn! I must have gone on an off night last week. I sampled about 6 flavours and none thrilled my tastebuds. However, they didn't have any of the unusual flavours discussed here. I can't wait to try Mercury and Guiness next time I'm passing by.

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                1. re: Food Tourist

                  The funny thing about Ed's is that the stranger the flavor, the better it is. For example, I think their vanilla is deadly dull, but I'd kill for Pumpkin, Creme Brulee, Mercury Espresso and many of the other slightly different ones.

                  But all in all, it remains an awesome place. Especially in your neighbourhood!

                  1. re: rsvp7777

                    That's very true. It's important to taste before committing. Most of Ed's long time flavours are very dull - not just the vanilla. But he seems to keep experimenting with new flavours and improving these over time. I suppose I can't complain about maintaining things that have sold well, but I suspect people here may have more adventurous tastes than those in the Beach.

                    1. re: embee

                      Also, he had a lot of children, "tween"s, and teens ordering cones in the Beach, but I don't know if there will be so many young ones in Leslieville. That might affect the range of flavours, too.

                  2. re: Food Tourist

                    I finally returned to Ed's in Leslieville on Friday night and devoured a scoop of Mercury espresso ice cream! It was truly amazing. I'm so glad I gave them another chance.

                    Although not made in-house, the mango gelato at Leonidas (near Tango Palace) is also unbelievably good.

                    I have yet to give Cream (the urban dairy) a second first visit was mediocre.

                    1. re: Food Tourist

                      I'm with you on Cream. Very disappointed on my first visit. Tasted like lightly flavoured frozen milk. They better get their game in shape if they with to compete with Ed's.

                      1. re: currycue

                        I love the ice cream I've had at Ed's real scoop so far. I found the flavours quite intense/strong tasting. So far my favourite flavours are Creme Brulee, the milk chocolate one with the little chocolate bits and the dark chocolate one. So delicious. My friend order mint chocolate ice cream which I thought was interesting. It tasted like there was real peppermint added to it. I've tried Cream (the urban dairy) and didn't like it. I order a sampler cup which was totally worth it. I recall it costing around 6.50 but you get about 5 decent size ice cream scoops of your choice. I found the ice cream quite bland tasting and too creamy compared to Ed's. Perhaps the flavours at Cream were too exotic for me too. Although surprisingly the best sample of ice cream I got had bacon in it. (It was pretty good).
                        On a side note, I thought it was kind of funny how Ed's has this beautiful washroom but no toilet paper holder.