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Jul 26, 2011 01:50 PM

30 Scoops in 30 Days

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: Kris P Pata

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

      1. re: reality check

        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

        1. re: TonyC

          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.

          1. re: Harry Niletti

            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:

            1. re: Kris P Pata

              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.

              1. re: jackattack

                I think the Topanga location closed.

                1. re: jackattack

                  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.

                  1. re: jackattack

                    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.

                    1. re: jackattack

                      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

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

                Scoops Westside
                10640 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                1. 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.

                  1. 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