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Any must-try places for ice cream in Pasadena/Arcadia area?

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After slurping soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Arcadia on Sunday, am thinking about dessert afterwards and ice cream would hit the spot. Any places in the area, even as far as Pasadena, that are "can't miss" venues? I know there is some soda fountain place in oldtown Pas, can't remember the name. Any other suggestions? Something with LOTS of butterfat!!!

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  1. I believe Fosselmans Ice Cream is in that area.

    1. You're thinking of Soda Jerks which is about 4 blocks south of Colorado on Fair Oaks. They serve Fosselman's ice cream I think. Fosselman's itself is on Main street in Alhambra.

      There is also a Cold Stone Creamery at Paseo Colorado, if you're into that. I like Cold Stone because they have spearmint ice cream without chocolate chips which is very hard to find.

      There is a small place on Raymond in Old Town (right across the street from the Art Store) which has rose water ice cream - very good. (and other flavors; don't know the supplier)

      Ghirardelli on Colorado makes very good malts/shakes.

      Personally though there isn't anything that beats vanilla Haagen Dazs.

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      1. there is a gelato place below/next to Cafe Santorini. in the courtyard with jhonny rockets, and sushi roku

        1. Does Bean Town in Sierra Madre still serve Fosselman's? If so, it's certainly worth a trip (a very easy trip from DTF, too, just go straight up Baldwin). One of the great neighborhood coffeehouses.

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          1. re: Bradbury

            Yes, Bean town still serves Fosselman. Good sandwiches and chili too.

            1. re: Bradbury

              i second that suggestion. it's closer than going to the fosselmann's main store (though they have more selection in flavors).

            2. The soda fountain in the pharmacy on the corner of Fair Oaks and Mission in South Pasadena is wonderful. Great, old-fashioned feel to it. Raspberry malt is my favorite.

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              1. re: martyR

                Twohey's in Alhambra for hot fudge sundaes

              2. buster's in south pasadena serves fosselman's ice cream, along with pies, cookies, etc. sometimes they have a jazz trio. it's my favorite neighborhood coffee shop.

                1. Don't know about now but Il Forniao used to have some really good gelato, especially the rum/raisin. They sold it in the rear part of the restaurant.

                  1. Thanks for all the great suggestions -- I may just have to try them all, sort of an ice cream caravan...!

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                    1. re: ChefLisa

                      Rite-Aid on 914 Fair Oaks Ave (cross street is Mission) in South Pasadena - directly across the street from the Fair Oaks Pharmacy that others have mentioned.

                      Go there for Thrifty brand ice cream ... yummmmm.

                    2. Fosselman's in Alhambra, in business for over 80 years!

                      1824 W. Main St.
                      Alhambra, CA 91801