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food wars seattle- fult tilt v. molly moon

macsak Jul 19, 2013 12:03 AM

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

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    Bax RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 08:41 AM

    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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      macsak RE: Bax Jul 19, 2013 10:17 AM

      much mahalos
      different owner, but same ice cream?

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

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        Bax RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 11:26 AM

        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.

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        gingershelley RE: Bax Jul 19, 2013 05:54 PM

        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!

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        GreenYoshi RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 08:44 AM

        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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          Bax RE: GreenYoshi Jul 19, 2013 10:08 AM


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            GreenYoshi RE: Bax Jul 19, 2013 01:00 PM

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

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          Lauren RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 10:03 AM

          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. fracklefoodie RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 11:09 AM

            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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              macsak RE: fracklefoodie Jul 19, 2013 12:31 PM

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

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                gingershelley RE: fracklefoodie Jul 19, 2013 06:00 PM

                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!

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                LemonyRoux RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 01:10 PM

                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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                  GreenYoshi RE: LemonyRoux Jul 19, 2013 04:14 PM

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

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                    christy319 RE: GreenYoshi Jul 23, 2013 10:14 AM

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

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                      HungWeiLo RE: christy319 Jul 25, 2013 04:02 PM

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

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                    Bax RE: LemonyRoux Jul 19, 2013 08:25 PM

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

                  3. gingershelley RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 05:53 PM

                    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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                      mrnelso RE: gingershelley Jul 22, 2013 08:32 PM

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

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                        gingershelley RE: mrnelso Jul 24, 2013 02:57 PM

                        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.

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                          macsak RE: gingershelley Jul 24, 2013 03:32 PM

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

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                      macsak RE: macsak Jul 25, 2013 07:48 PM

                      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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                        Bax RE: macsak Jul 25, 2013 09:41 PM

                        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!

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                          Booklegger451 RE: macsak Jul 29, 2013 11:40 AM

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

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                          Boychucker RE: macsak Jul 25, 2013 09:16 PM

                          Full Tilt's Ube is my favorite ice cream.

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                            mrnelso RE: Boychucker Jul 26, 2013 01:04 AM

                            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.

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                              Bax RE: mrnelso Jul 26, 2013 09:09 AM

                              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.

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