Ice Cream in San Diego, Ice Cream Cakes?
What are some good places for ice cream? There are some flavors I like at Baskin Robins, but there must be something better. In Hawaii there's a great chain called Lapperts which is really good. Fully creamy, lots of good flavors. Their plain vanilla is wonderful. The closest place so far is at the Hotel Coronado, which is a 40 minutes drive.
Places we've tried as far as I remember:
Baskin Robins - Good Jamocha almond fudge (i.e. much better than Dryer's)
Golden Spoon - Like their toppings
Cold Stones - Good if you want mixed ice cream
Hotel Coronado - Very good, but very far and tourist prices ;-)
Although Hawaii isn't what you'd think of when it comes to food (their fine dining is very limited), they do have some excellent niches in food when it comes to shaved ice (amazing and cheap), ginger ale (real ginger ale), bbq soy sauce corn, and finally Lappert's ice cream. These things made our vacation (the view and ocean were nice too). Thanks to chowhound we've checked off shaved ice from our list:
Also looking for a good ice cream cake. My wife won't eat Baskin Robin's, and Trader Joe's discontinued the brand I used to get.
For gelato try Pappalecco and Chocolat. Chocolat has two locations in Hillcrest and downtown. We prefer the one downtown which is a nice place to end a night after some cocktails. Pappalecco had also two locations in Little Italy and Hillcrest. Little Italy seems to be the better one. Overall we found the gelato at Chocolat to be more consistent and flavorful.
Agreed that Pappalecco's in LI is better than the Hillcrest location, but I like the food better in Hillcrest. I've only tried the gelato at Chocolat in Hillcrest and really, really liked it. Didn't like the noise level so much, hard to a carry on a conversation with the person sitting across the small table.
1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101
Bubby's in Encinitas for gelato.
937 S Coast Highway 101 Ste 106, Encinitas, CA 92024
There's actually a Lappert's in SD County, between Scripps Ranch & Poway. If you're on the 15, exit Scripps Poway Pkwy and head east several miles, it's on the right side in the same plaza as Carl's Jr. I don't know if they have ice cream cakes though.
Costco in Poway also has the gelato at the food court.
Interesting! Well we know our ice cream so will try and report back on the similarity/differences. Gotta try even if it's a long shot. =)
The Lappert's we tried was in the Hilton Resort near Waikiki. To confirm stevie's post that chain seems to be Hawaii only. But any place that dares to compare is worth a look!