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Scoops Westside vs. Sweet Rose Creamery

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  • dkme Jun 23, 2011 04:47 PM
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I've been making weekly pilgrimages to Scoops Westside to check out their latest innovative flavors but have yet to make it to Sweet Rose Creamery since it's not as close to me. How does it compare vs. Scoops? Worth making the trip?

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Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Scoops Westside
10640 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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  1. I gotta say, the Westside Scoops has drastically decreased the number of flavors lately.

    I'm gonna start going back to original Scoops more for my ice cream fix.

    1. I live near Scoops Westside and I'd say Sweet Rose is definitely worth the trip, especially if you like fruit flavored ice creams. I had the roasted apricot at Sweet Rose and it was fresh tasting and really creamy. Much better than the brown bread and green tea that I had at Scoops.

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      Scoops Westside
      10640 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      1. Scoops Westside is an express version of the original Scoops. The flavors at Scoops are no-holds barred kinda flavors - I give them big points for putting everything on the table and using it creatively. Sometimes they work and sometimes they really don't ring a bell with me - just maybe not my cuppa tea at times. Their ice creams often are more like ice confections to me as many of the flavors aren't very rich, which I think is genius because oftentimes the flavors seem more pronounced due to the seemingly lower fat content.

        Compared to Scoops, Sweet Rose Creamery is more conservative/traditional in their flavor profiles and richer in texture. This ain't saying much since Scoops can have some wild combos (flavors like passion fruit/coffee, pepsi/pineapple don't even push Scoops' envelope). IMHO, Sweet Rose Creamery's flavors are crafted so as to define a flavor experience. Salted caramel ice cream tastes rich of caramel with a slight bite of salt. Peach Buttermilk reminds me of summer. Coconut Lime is not only reminiscent of days spent in Southeast Asia, it in no way makes me think I'm missing out just because it's dairy-free. If Scoops has Guiness Chocolate ice cream - Sweet Rose might have Firestone Brewery's Velvet Merlin Stout ice cream. While chocolate and stout is a workable combo, Sweet Rose crafts this flavor so the essence of the stout shines through in ice cream form.

        I think both have their place. If you want flavors with entertainment value and true whim, head to Scoops - they have so many unique flavor combinations that something is bound to turn your head. If you want something that feels more artisanal and honed, I'd head to Sweet Rose.

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        Sweet Rose Creamery
        225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

        Scoops Westside
        10640 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          bulavinaka is spot on. One place makes childishly entertaining, though shoddy, product, akin to Hot Topix. The other is crafted like... Alexander McQueen.

          That said, Sweet Rose is the most expensive of all "artisanal" ice creams, and uses an obscene amount of fat/sugar. If you're lunching at Farmshop (and you should), then by all means stop in for a scoop (because that's all you can afford).

          Otherwise, Paradis/Carmela offers just as much craftiness, with perhaps even better results. Few in LA tastes as home made/well made as Carmela right now, and Paradis gelato, especially the sorbet/goat milk varieties, is as good as icee treats get in LA.

          1. re: TonyC

            I agree. I love Caramela and Grom first, then Sweet Rose.

            1. re: mrsjoujou

              +1 for Grom. Great flavors. I love their Summer Melon.

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              Grom Gelateria
              3886 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

            2. re: TonyC

              Tony is probably too modest to mention his recent craft ice cream survey:

              http://sinosoul.com/2011/06/current-c...

            3. re: bulavinaka

              Yes, worth a drive. Scoops is enjoyable but the flavors are often more mad scientist than tasty. I often like them but they can be terrible too. And dude, don't sell terrible ice cream. Not every flavor should make it to the public. It is never a good idea walking away thinking you are the experiment.

              Sweet Rose Creamery is usually a really wonderful version of whatever it is, the version you get after 500 batches. I like Carmela a lot too. Carmela and Sweet Rose use a lot of organic ingredients which I am willing to pay extra for.

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              Sweet Rose Creamery
              225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049