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2nd Sweet Rose Creamery in SM (826 Pico) Soft Open! Single/Double Scoops $0.25! (Official Opening on Saturday)

Wife and I driving by, saw people inside, decided to check it out. Wife had the salted caramel (not too sweet, not too salty, excellent burnt sugar flavor). I had the Kyoho grape soft serve (mellow tartness, reminded me of Marukawa grape gum flavor only way better, of course).

Didn't see any pastries yet and not sure if they were serving the Caffe Luxxe coffee yet. Official opening is Saturday.

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  1. Do you know how long this special will last? Is it just today?

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I'm not sure. Just dashed in and out pretty quickly. I may bring the kids later and will ask then... if they're still doing it--we were driving by before school let out at nearby SaMoHi, so who knows if they might run out as more people get out of school and work.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Went back after work and brought my younger daughter. Got there just after 6 PM. Unfortunately, they were closed. One of the workers still inside mouthed the word "tomorrow". Dunno if they'll still have the $0.25 price then tho.

      2. They are soft opened again today. 8-11 for pastries & coffee, 3-6 for ice cream (& coffee?), if I heard the worker right. $0.25 for first pastry.

        I tried the pancetta quiche (incredibly rich and cheesy, decadent, a little too oily) and the cheese and chiles scone (a really nice kick, flakier than most scones, not too moist and not too dry). I also picked up a blueberry brioche for my wife that looks darn good but I didn't taste it.

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        1. re: PeterCC

          I spoke with an employee at the Brentwood location who believes the 25 cent ice cream is offered all day. No one seems to know their phone number. Oh well.
          I'm game for an adventure, even at full price..

          1. re: cujo

            Just returned from the Pico location. The 25 cent ice cream (single or double scoop) ends tonight at 6 pm.

            1. re: cujo

              Drove by a little while ao but didn't stop in because I couldn't find parking. Parking's going to be a problem at that location, unless the Sherwin Williams' spots are okay to park in.

                1. re: PeterCC

                  I see a red curb and I want it painted black
                  No colors anymore I want them to turn black

                  (with all due apologies to Mick and Keith)

                  1. re: PeterCC

                    Having been out of town, we missed the 25 cent ice creams, but stopped in this morning for a great whole wheat croissant and the bacon gruyere quiche. They open at 7 am. Funny, but that croissant had better flavor and crispy layers than any I've ever had at Huckleberry's which I've often found a bit bland. I'm really happy that whole wheat really works as a croissant. The quiche was just great. They did have Luxxe coffee, but we were brewing at home.

                    Street parking before 9 AM and all day Sunday is free. That Sherwin Williams lot is do-able but at your own risk, although it's usually empty. We could legally park there when Tacqueria Chihuahua was in the corner building. I don't know what parking is available in the back alley.

                    Will be back later for the ice cream.

                    1. re: Ogawak

                      Glad you enjoyed it. Was the quiche extra oily? I noticed the last few times I went in the crust looked lighter and not "wet" with oil like the first time I had it. Hopefully they've improved on it. That was probably the biggest disappointment I've had there. Most everything else has been excellent.

                      Before the Tacqueria there was a Chinese place and those spots were for them too, FWIW.

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        The quiche was great, not oily like you had. The selection of pastries is less than what Huckleberry has, but I'm loving what I see so far.

                  2. re: cujo

                    Ouch. I stopped in ca. 3:00pm (I live in the neighborhood) and was charged the full $5.50 for my two scoops. :-<

                    1. re: glasshousejmb

                      The 25 cent special ended on friday at 6 pm. I posted the info on friday. sorry you missed it.

                      1. re: glasshousejmb

                        Sorry, that was just for the soft open. The grand opening was Saturday. We went in on that day too and got some ice cream at normal price. Hope you enjoyed it at full price too. We still did.

                2. They officially opened for business on Saturday. Regular prices for everything.

                  Went back on Friday and tried their mint chip. Tasted like freshly muddled mint leaves. Really great! It also had a basil-y and citrus-y (like lemon or even lemongrass) aftertaste. Not sure if those ingredients are also in there, or if it was just the mint.

                  Went back Saturday for ice cream after the kids soccer games, tried their PB&J soft serve (peanut butter and Kyoho grape twist) which was amazing.

                  Went back Sunday (LOL) for pastries and coffee. Good stuff!

                  Street parking is a crapshoot, sometimes it's really easy, sometimes it's hard. I hope they negotiate for the spots that the Sherwin Williams paint store has so SRC customers can park there "officially".

                  No plans to go back tonight... but you never know!

                  [More pics, and a recap of the information I posted in this thread, here: http://theoffalo.com/2013/09/sweet-ro...]

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                  1. re: PeterCC

                    That peanut butter + Kyoho grap soft serve is a game-changer...

                    Peanut butter jelly time!

                  2. I think I'm in one of those situations where I either have to keep going or cut myself off completely.

                    Tonight's run was the affogato (espresso over mint "chip"--Valrhona chocolate pearls), which was very good but not enough espresso for the amount of ice cream (which is about a kid-sized scoop). I guess I'll need to order a double shot next time.

                    Younger daughter had a cookies & cream cone.

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                    1. re: PeterCC

                      Keep going until the novelty wears off or you can't button your shirt.
                      I think the espresso got lost in the valrhona chocolate. Try it with plain vanilla ice cream next time. Enjoy your addiction!

                    2. They now have pumpkin spice ice cream for the holidays. It's made with kabocha squash and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, which gives it a lovely sharp edge.

                      BTW all of the pastries are baked over at Milo and Olive, but some of them are specific to Sweet Rose. If you're there in the morning, Jay can tell you which (he used to work at M&O).

                      Really enthusiastic staff, they clearly love what they do.

                      Thanks to Peter for sending me here!

                      1. This is the OP of the OP; yes, I changed my username. I made a "meta-post" reintroducing myself with sub-posts that probably should have been made on their own, since they seem to be getting lost in the shuffle (of the discussion of my name change).

                        Anyway, in case anyone in this original thread missed it, I posted a new revew/recap/"revisitings" a few days ago here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9231..., and I just made an update-to-my-update after my 18th (yes, you read that right) visit to SRC Pico tonight.

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                        1. re: TheOffalo

                          Do you know if that PB&J soft serve is a permanent fixture at the place, or limited time / revolving special?

                          1. re: Stravinsky

                            Check out the post that I linked to in the comment you replied to (here again: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9231...). Both the Peanut Butter and the Kyoho Grape soft serve flavors just dropped off the menu (I believe they use fresh Kyoho grapes to make the flavor and perhaps it is going out of season). They were replaced by Chocolate (good, but pedestrian) and Passion Fruit (amazing). The twist of the two flavors is interesting but not something I need to get again. Just stick with straight Passion Fruit.

                            1. re: TheOffalo

                              Sigh. I should have been more proactive about going I guess.

                              Nothing else really excites me too much off the menu except for that.

                              Hope it makes a return =/

                              Thanks for the info.

                              1. re: Stravinsky

                                Staff indicated it should return but they said not this month. They also said the Passion Fruit was limited so I'm very interested to find out what they come up with.

                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                  Did they say these flavors rotate on a monthly, weekly, biweekly basis?

                                  Or just kind of randomly whenever ingredients are available, and the inspiration strikes them?

                                  1. re: Stravinsky

                                    I think it's definitely the latter.

                        2. Hey Servorg,

                          I went to Sweet Rose on Pico for the first time, certainly not The Last Time, on Friday. Time was On My Side, as there was a meter open right in front. I ordered a kid's caramel with sea salt, but the nice server said I was an adult (despite my maturity) and gave me a small, so I didn't exactly get what I wanted, but got what I needed. The flavor was delicious, the salt a nice contrast, but it tended to melt the ice cream and I like mine firm. But I was Happy, and could never say I got No Satisfaction.

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                          1. re: nosh

                            You should have tried the Brown Sugar butter pecan.

                            1. re: nosh

                              "...could never say I got No Satisfaction."

                              That's one of those triple negatives that leaves me shaking my poor, addled head in total confusion (g)

                              Can you believe that PeterOff has been there 18 times since they opened. Both from the parking feat that represents, and the sludge my blood would have become with that many visits, I can only give him a tip of my Lipitor cap...

                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                  It's more about Peter disappearing...Petering off as it were.

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Must be all the saltpeter I'm taking with my Lipitor.

                            2. Oh my gosh, just tried Sweet Rose's Sesame Milk Soft Server at the Santa Monica location tonight and it is great, creamy with a hint of sesame. Wonderful! More Pleaseā€¦.

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                              1. re: wienermobile

                                It is really great! Subtler than black sesame ice cream.

                                Is the other soft-serve flavor still Apple Ginger Sorbet? It wasn't pink when I had it. Is it Strawberry?