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food wars seattle- fult tilt v. molly moon

if i can only try one, which one should i get?
or is there a wild card entry?

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  1. I've only been to the Full Tilt in Columbia City, which I understand is a different owner than the others. But I vote Full Tilt. Hands down, no contest.

    Molly Moon is good. It's just that Full Tilt is better.

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    1. re: Bax

      much mahalos
      different owner, but same ice cream?

      columbia city is where we are staying with friends, so this is great info

      1. re: macsak

        I believe they have the same ice cream, yes, tho' I haven't been to others to compare for myself.

        My understanding is they started the business together and then had a friendly parting of ways. Though the Full Tilt website includes the CC location as one of theirs, so I don't really know what the story is. Maybe they bought it back...?

        All I know for sure is that Columbia City Full Tilt's salted caramel is perhaps my favorite ice cream I've ever eaten.

      2. re: Bax

        NO full tilt is not company owned. They have partners in the Col. City concept as it is more than just ice cream, but the ice cream part is the same people completely.

        Agreed - FULL TILT!

      3. Definitely Full Tilt on the ice cream itself.

        But Molly Moon's does really good sundaes with great toppings (taking nothing away from that fantastic caramel sauce that Full Tilt does)

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          1. re: Bax

            Molly Moon's is better.... at marketing.

        1. I've never been to Full Tilt but, even with that being the case, I vote for it over Molly Moon. I've never liked the ice cream at MM and don't understand the love for the place.

          1. I'd go with Full Tilt over Molly Moon's. Cupcake Royale's ice cream isn't too shabby, either. Here's a recent comparison article for the three. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/th...

            If you happen to be up in the Wallingford area (west of the University District) I love Fainting Goat Gelato, while Ballard and Capitol Hill have D'Ambrosio Gelato. Also fantastic.

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            1. re: fracklefoodie

              awesome, thanks
              going to theo chocolate and paseo, so the gelato tips help too

              1. re: fracklefoodie

                Thanks for the input Fracklefoodie; It is hard to compare Gelato (be still my beating heart, mouth, stomach!) but it is not the same as ice cream..... love them both, but different process, fat content, air content, etc.

                Let's do a seperate Gelato thread! Seattle still needs far more real, great gelato!

              2. Going out on a limb here, but if you ever find yourself in Portland, Oregon you MUST visit Salt & Straw for ice cream. It blows away anything you can find in Seattle. My current faves are olive oil and blue cheese & pear - no kidding! Really amazing flavors.

                (Do you have any friends in Portland you can stay with? . . . !)

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                1. re: LemonyRoux

                  As a native Seattlite, I hate to admit that this is true.

                  1. re: GreenYoshi

                    "Salt and Straw"?
                    I can't wait for the precious name trend to end.

                    1. re: christy319

                      Every other restaurant in Portland employs this naming convention. Ugh.

                  2. re: LemonyRoux

                    Olive oil/bleu cheese/pear? Now I wanna go to Portland!

                  3. Full Tilt, no question in my mind:) Plus, there is pinball.

                    I live within a few miles of the original in White Center, and have met the owners a few times... great people, great ice cream.

                    Some of the experimental/vegan/off-the-beaten-track flavors are super cool.

                    And the salted caramel can't be beat.

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                    1. re: gingershelley

                      Shelly, do try a head-to-head with Top Pot's salted caramel (it's for science, ya know).

                      1. re: mrnelso

                        MrNelso, you always encourage the daring behaviors... you know, for CH research, of course.

                        Forgot that Top Pot is making ice cream now. I used to have a flat around the corner from the capitol hill one. Prolly' glad I don't anymore - that puts the salted caramel WAY to close.

                        At least for full Tilt, I have to go a mile plus, and if in the car, park.

                        1. re: gingershelley

                          top pot makes ice cream?
                          is it available at all the shops?
                          or in regular grocery stores?

                    2. had full tilt
                      got there at 5 pm
                      ice cream was VERY good, but super soft, like it hadn't had enough time in the freezer
                      I had the salted caramel, mom had huckleberry chip
                      salted caramel was the winner

                      mahalo (thanks) for your advice

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                      1. re: macsak

                        Yeah, it's been very soft when I've had it but I'm ok with that.

                        I'm going to have to try to get to Full Tilt next time I'm in town because now I WANT SOME.

                        Glad you enjoyed it!

                        1. re: macsak

                          The salted caramel is always the softest of their icecreams... presumably because of the salt.

                        2. Full Tilt's Ube is my favorite ice cream.

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                          1. re: Boychucker

                            Yeah, Ube. Bourbon-cornflake is awfully good, though, and mango-chile. Salted Caramel observations: Molly Moon's is strident - in some ways good; others bad.
                            Full Tilt's is much more approachable, but still with flavors aggressive enough to become tiresome easily.
                            Top Pot has just enough going on to be pleasant for a session with coffee. Not pushy, just good caramel ice cream.

                            1. re: mrnelso

                              I haven't tried Top Pot (but may have to now!). I didn't find Full Tilt's salted caramel tiresome AT ALL. Agree with Molly Moon's, tho'. A spoonful was really good. A whole serving was a salt lick.