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Feb 26, 2005 12:10 AM

Poll - your favorite ice cream/gelato/yogurt in town

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Just curious to discover new places that have wonderful frozen desserts...
My favorites: Al Gelato on Robertson, 21 choices in Old Town Pasadena, and the several years departed Robin Rose in Venice (best chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream you ever tasted).
Place I wish would just go away (and I know some will disagree): Cold Stone (as ubiquitous and uninteresting as Starbucks for coffee IMO).
Looking forward to your responses!

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  1. Eiger Iced Cream in Brentwood. I had been a number of times and wanted to like it more than I did. Yesterday I asked the owner what was his favorite flavor. He said Chocolate. No chips, fruit, or brownie bits to get in the way of the iced cream. It was rich, thick, deeply almost achingly chocolatey, and not overly sweet. I take my chocolate very seriously and this is the best iced cream I have had anywhere in the world.

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    1. re: Just Larry

      I have to disagree about Eiger -- I've been going there since it opened and it's just not a quality establishment. It often emits a funny odor and the the customer service leaves much to be desired!! While it's nice to see an independent ice cream shop, Eiger isn't worth it. My recommendation: Bigg Chill fro yo on Olympic at Westwood.

      1. re: Erin

        That's like comparing apples and filing cabinets. To my taste, Eiger is the best I have ever tasted and the owner couldn't have been more helpful.

        1. re: Just Larry

          You owe it to yourself to try Fosselmann's Dark Chocolate Ice Cream. YIKES! Like eating cocoa out of the can.

      2. re: Just Larry

        I don't understand how Eiger stays in business. There hardly ever seems to be anyone in there, it is indeed very dirty. service is poor, and it's overpriced. It's the kind of place that you wish would be great, being a local independent place in a little neighborhood, but it just is not very good.

        My vote goes to Fosselmans and the gelato place in Newport Beach.

        You know what I miss? The big huge sundaes they used to serve at east coast places like Friendly's, Brigham's, Bailey's, and Howard Johnson's. Either in large glass cups or silver dishes, with a big silver spoon. Man, those were good. (I've tried similar ones at Ghiradelli, Twohey's, and others but it's not the same.)

        1. re: Scooty

          You can get a sundae like that at Bennett's in the Farmers Market on Fairfax. (NOT Gills, the other ice cream place in there that serves Thrifty Ice Cream).

      3. For gelato, definitely Il Cono on little SM in BH, btn. Beverly & Rodeo: white peach, pineapple, passion fruit, even just strawberry and chocolate.
        For basic fro yo, Angelina on Bedford in BH.
        For fro yo w/mix-ins, Brentwood Yogurt Cafe atop the Brentwood Gardens on San Vicente: sweet vanilla w/cinnamon or tart vanilla w/banana and raspberry. Yum!!!

        1. Massimo's in Venice, on Abbot Kinney.
          Try the mint chocolate chip ice cream or pear sorbet.

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          1. re: JeniH

            massimo's is way overrated imho

            1. re: pablo

              Somewhat overrated maybe?

              1. re: Just Larry

                Agreed. Worst chowhound recommendation I ever got. Paradise Creamery in MBeach was under-par, too.

          2. Fosselman's in Alhambra. They have an excellent green tea ice cream. Buster's Coffee in South Pasadena serves Fosselman's also.

            1. I'm a Masti Malone fan. 1525 N. La Brea Ave., (323) 874 -0144.


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              1. re: David Kahn

                Another vote for Mashti Malone's. The chcolate has a great almost bitter cocoa taste. They also sell the fresh baked round wafers by the bag for ice cream sandwich.