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Jun 5, 2012 11:22 AM

Fav/Best Snow Shaved Ice in Los Angeles?

Besides the obvious Class 302. Want to make sure I haven't been missing out. (been to Tasty to Go in Arcadia as well)

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  1. Mango shaved ice at Pa Pa Walk, in the mini-mall next to the San Gabriel Hilton.

    In Arcadia, SinBaLa's shaved ice is quite comforting, as well.

    1. I'll second Pa Pa Walk for mango shaved ice/shaved snow and when it comes to shaved ice instead of snow, I still like Old Country Cafe. Better texture.

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      1. re: JThur01

        Agree with the texture of Old Country Cafe.

      2. blockheads shavery near sawtelle. although i haven't had class 302 so i am not able to provide a fair comparison.

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        1. re: Alice

          I've been to both. Blockhead's strawberry shaved ice is worth the drive. Class 302's mango thing looks better than it tastes; looks wonderfully sinful but is missing the fragrance of mangoes :-) Saigon Flavour (Valley Road and elsewhere) has my favorite crushed ice drink-- Durian shake for $3.50, just ice blended with chunks of durian and half and half. Normally condensed milk is used but you can ask it be subbed with half and half.

          1. re: Alice

            Blockheads Shavery is doing something very different...and very delicious!

            The taste is great, but it is the texture that is at once intriguing and amazing! If you "break" it with a spoon, it looks like a fine, flaky pastry in the bowl. Yet, it melts smoothly in the mouth.

            The lines are mostly out the door and down the block. They offer enough of a variety that you can customize your bowl to suit your tastes. I saw no two bowls alike when we were there!

            1. re: Alice

              there's also a blockheads on main in alhambra which i discovered today. i prefer the texture to anything else i've tried in the SGV.

            2. Class 302 is still the leader by an astronomical unit.

              For Hawaiian style, the Get Shaved Truck is very good. (NB I haven't tried them in nearly two years.)


              They now also have some bricks-and-mortar location:


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              1. re: Peripatetic

                I've been to the Torrance location and it's easily the best Hawaiian-style shaved ice I've had in the LA area. It also helps that nearby are many great ramen shops and Torihei is literally across the street.

              2. I had some nice shaved snow at the A&J in Arcadia. Not sure if other locations have it as well.