Tara's Organic Ice Cream opening new store in Temescal soon
Just stopped in at Tara's Organic Ice Cream for the first time, on College near Alcatraz right near the Oak-Berk border, and another customer mentioned they were opening up a new store in Temescal soon. She asked the server who said they are opening up a place on Telegraph near 48th St, maybe next week. Drove by and spotted it at 4731 Telegraph, a couple doors down from Lanesplitters Pizza and a couple doors up from Burma Superstar.
I tasted the hazelnut and the sage, both of which were very interesting, but went with a cup of the sage. It was not quite as intense as I might have thought, with just enough herby green taste mixed with the sweet for a very interesting flavor. The place was pretty crowded for 9pm, with close to a dozen people hanging out outside talking and eating, and a half-dozen or so in line.
Anyone else got any favorite flavors they want to share? Or tell how you think they rate against the other ice cream places? I can't wait to see how they do in Temescal!
I love their Earl Grey ice cream, especially after belly dancing next door at Hipline. But everything's pretty overpriced given the amount you're getting. I usually get the not-so-generous mini scoop which is $2, but it feels a little ridiculous to get such a tiny cup. At least they're generous with the samples, though, and I like that they use metal sample spoons...
Tara's Organic Ice Cream
3173 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
I think they do well with herb/spice based flavors -- I recall the cardamom as being particularly good. I haven't found their ice cream, on the whole, to be super intense flavor-wise, but I do enjoy it quite a bit: very refreshing and a bit of subtlety to the flavors.
As far as ice cream places go, I'd put Tara's a notch below Bi-Rite Creamery, but the only place I prefer in the East Bay is Lush Gelato (which, I know, is gelato -- but still undefeated in my book).
Glad to hear about the new Telegraph Ave location -- should be a nice addition to the neighborhood!