Mission City Creamery in Santa Clara
Started up in January of this year. Uses Straus organic base. From the photos, looks like a real scoop shop with banana splits and sundaes.
Who's been there?
Mission City Creamery
2905 Park Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050
I like them quite a bit, and for those down in the South Bay for which Bi-Rite / Mitchell's is out of practical reach it's nice to have any sort of decent, non-chain ice cream down here, aside from a slew of Indian ice cream shops that aren't my thing.
(Rick's in Palo Alto is the next closest place, and Bitter + Sweet in Cupertino carries Humphrey Slocombe).
I've had the strawberry, coffee, chocolate, mint, honey lavender, pineapple coconut, salted caramel and maple walnut. I like the strawberry the most so far.
Child - 2 oz.
Single - 4 oz.
Double - 8 oz.
Triple - 12 oz.
Pint - 16 oz.
I've tried them multiple times at the public market and their truck. They use a mix of Treat ice cream (which can be bought at a number of grocers) and their own blends off what I presume is the Treat base.
They have some interesting flavors, but I find their ice cream to be too sweet for my palate or find the flavors to lack depth. For example, I've tried multiple variations of their chocolate, and it's a "weak" chocolate taste.
On the last visit, they did a tropical menu of Sorbets (Mango Orange) and ice cream (Ube, Avocado) which was a nice surprise. Again, nothing to write home over, but a bit more interesting than their other stuff.
I've been, they've got a bunch of flavors & often run out of them too. I really hoped for a Bi-Rite, but the flavors are pretty tame, nothing really special about them. Nice folks & you can get lots of samples before making a decision. It's across the street from the Safeway lot don't park there if there's a game, there's limited street parking.
I tried Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender, & Pineapple Coconut. All are pretty ok, nothing really stands out.
I got Child size $2.75 in a cup with a sugar cone on top. I liked it.
If you ever get a Single $3.25 - it's 2 scoops, but you can get 2 different flavors!! That's nice.
Charge it if you want! One unisex bathroom in the back.
Hand packing fee $1
Rootbeer Float $4.5
Milk shake $5.5
Banana Split $6
Sundae $5.5 - 2 scoops, topping, sauce & whipped cream
I finally stopped by on Saturday night and got two spoonfuls into salted caramel before wondering if I'd ordered vanilla by mistake. Tame is an understatement! Also, I noticed that a lot of the tubs were partially melted, and my scoops turned quickly into sugary mush. Humph. I was so disappointed I went and had bubbies over at Jimbo's :/
All is forgiven! I went back on Saturday to give them another shot and was so impressed I went again on Sunday. I had a double of caramelized banana/apple pie, and then another double of peppermint stick/pistachio pineapple. Everything was nicely solid this time, and the flavors really came through. Pistachio pineapple was a particular standout, not overly sweet and with lovely chunks.
Now I just need to combine it with a trip to Ike's a few blocks over, I think it'll be a good one-two punch.