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30 Scoops in 30 Days

reality check Jul 26, 2011 01:50 PM

Which one is your favorite? What ice cream places did they miss?


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  1. Kris P Pata RE: reality check Jul 26, 2011 02:29 PM

    Fairly comprehensive survey but, if the list is going to include the likes of GO Burger and stretch cross-county, it can't omit Hans' Ice Cream Deli in Santa Ana/Costa Mesa.

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      reality check RE: Kris P Pata Jul 26, 2011 02:38 PM

      Love Han's chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches!!

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        TonyC RE: reality check Jul 26, 2011 03:08 PM

        The only place they missed was Frati in Fullerton, but that really doesn't measure up to Paradis/Bulgarini, so...

        Delicieuse remains my fave ice cream in LA. Bulgarini remains gelato king. Nothing has changed before, and since, the LAW piece(s) came out.

        2503 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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          Harry Niletti RE: TonyC Jul 26, 2011 03:59 PM

          Frati is far from the only good place the reviewer missed. In addition to Hans' (pointed to by Kris P Pata and reality check), she didn't cover McConnell's in Santa Barbara/Ventura (my favorite ice cream in Southern California), Bert & Rocky's in Claremont (excellent chocolate flavors), or Strickland's in Irvine (the Platonic Ideal of soft serve, especially good in a Turtle Sundae). None of these is farther from Downtown LA than the places she visited in the Palm Springs area and all are better than Hadley's, Carvel, and Manhattan Beach Creamery, just to mention three she reviewed but panned for one reason or another. Also, I agree that Bulgarini is good but, to my taste, not as good as Gelato Bar, with its great gelato (especially Veneziana), outstanding espresso, tasty pastries, and lack of moldy smell in the shop. I have to put a clothes-pin on my nose every time I go into Bulgarini.

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            Kris P Pata RE: Harry Niletti Jul 26, 2011 04:31 PM

            Excellent examples and points, Harry Niletti. I totally concur.
            In re-examining Elina's list, a few more glaring omissions come to mind in the popular Mashti Malone's and The Disney Soda Fountain which serves Bakersfield's own Dewar's Ice Cream exclusively. Both are a veritable stone's throw from the old LAW offices on Sunset:

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              jackattack RE: Kris P Pata Jul 27, 2011 06:47 PM

              I'm not a big fan of Mashti Malone's but indeed it is the most glaring omission. Also L.A. Creamery is not listed, they have branches now at the Americana Glendale and at the Fashion Square Sherman Oaks, in addition to the Westfield Topanga location.

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                running pig RE: jackattack Jul 27, 2011 10:13 PM

                I think the Topanga location closed.

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                  running pig RE: jackattack Jul 27, 2011 10:18 PM

                  I'm glad she gave a nod to Handel's. I've tried many of the funky flavors but have come to rely on their first-rate vanilla whenever I host a get-together.

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                    Ogawak RE: jackattack Jul 28, 2011 08:49 AM

                    Just an FYI, LA Creamery Sherman Oaks is also closed. They plan to open one in Newport Beach. So just the Glendale shop is open.

                    Lapperts is a great ice cream but does not belong on this list, it being Hawaiian in origin. I agree with needing Mashti Malone on the list; Saffron & Rose vs. Mashti should not have been an either/or situation.

                    Hans should have been included.

                    Stricklands, though not technically custard, is virtually the only one of its kind and delicious to boot. It is much more than soft serve; it is really custardy.

                    Otherwise, a really good list.

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                      mitchbart RE: jackattack Jul 28, 2011 03:16 PM

                      I see LA Creamery is closed at Westfield Topanga. I don't think the enclosed mall locations work for their type of concept even the high end malls. These type of shops need to be in outdoor areas like Americana/The Groove or on located in street areas with foot traffic like Vermont/Los Feliz. Is the Westfield Sherman Oaks Fashion Square location closed as well?

                  2. re: Harry Niletti
                    TonyC RE: Harry Niletti Jul 26, 2011 05:37 PM

                    In defense of the writer, Palm Springs was a matter of convenience (and obviously flawed entries), while Handels was enroute of returning from said coverage flaws. She was vacationing in Palm Springs, the editors should've stricken those from the list, blah blah blah.

                    LA Weekly probably has no need, nor desire, to cover Claremont & Santa Barbara / Ventura. Consider the PS entries victims of being filler, while it was fun to make fun of Carvel.

                    Knowing above, to suggest "Ventura" as being not far from downtown is nutty (66 miles to McConnell's. ~38 miles to Strickland/Han's -- both under auspices of OCW).

                    Raising Gelato Bar over Bulgarini for its "outstanding espresso" and "tasty pastries" is irrelevant to her central theme, and to the general discussion of ice cream. I don't go to Bulgarini for either, neither have I ever I been offended by its smell. Maybe there's such a trait as super sniffer?

            2. wienermobile RE: reality check Jul 26, 2011 03:07 PM

              I just love Grom in Malibu. All made daily with the freshest ingredents. Their summer Melon is increadable.

              Grom Gelateria
              3886 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

              1. J.L. RE: reality check Jul 26, 2011 10:40 PM

                They should have done Scoops Heliotrope instead of Scoops Westside...

                Scoops Westside
                10640 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                1. A5 KOBE RE: reality check Jul 28, 2011 09:53 AM

                  Carmela has the best Vanilla ice cream in town. It is also probably the most expensive at $9/pint. Also have a great strawberry buttermilk ice cream.

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                    willworkforcheese RE: reality check Jul 28, 2011 02:01 PM

                    Had the summer corn ice cream at Sweet Rose Creamery last weekend. I'm obsessed with corn ice cream, make my own every summer, and their version was phenomenal. Hurry though, it's a July special!

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

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                      ib_me RE: reality check Jul 28, 2011 03:06 PM

                      I've been to about half of the places on the list. For me, Bulgarini is tops and closest to the Gelato I had in Rome and Florence. Of course, you'll have to overcome the drive to BFE, the depressing mall in which its located, and the "am I really paying this much for Gelato in Altadena...or anywhere else!?!" mindset. If you can get over those three hurdles, you're in for a treat.

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                        PayOrPlay RE: reality check Jul 30, 2011 01:08 PM

                        Another add to the list: This week we finally found Dolce Isola (on South Robertson, in the block north of Hamilton High School), and were quite taken with their gelato. It was served a bit warmish and thus is very soft and creamy. Best flavors we tried were vanilla bean and the candy-stick peppermint.

                        I agree with others that the most glaring omission from the list is Mashti Malone. Although in fairness we also go to Saffron & Rose a lot, and I am glad she included them. She didn't mention the date ice cream there, which is just fab.

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