Smitten Ice Cream Oakland Rockridge location opened Tues 4/1/14
Read that Smitten Ice Cream Oakland Rockridge location is now open Tues 4/1/14. 6 new machines means 6 flavors, indoors, and has seasonal flavor rhubarb crisp.
Smitten Ice Cream
5800 College Ave, Oakland
just North of Rockridge Bart
Sun-Th 12pm-10pm; Fri & Sat 11am-10:30pm, maybe later in the future
Lafayette store coming later this Spring
Oh, this takes the place of the bakery across the street from Trader Joe's.
30 minute wait at about 9pm yesterday. They were out of cones and out of two flavors, but that meant they still have 4 flavors left, woot!
I enjoyed the tart Rhubarb crisp. It's thicker and not as silky as anything I've previously had at Smitten. The cinnamon shortbread has their typical smoothness and was also great.
We went today at around 1:30 -- there was a short wait, but not bad at all for a hot day. We had the balsamic strawberry, TCHO chocolate and salted caramel. I agree that the texture is amazing -- super smooth and creamy. The strawberry (the current seasonal selection) is nice, but not mind blowing; same with the caramel. But the chocolate was the best chocolate ice cream I think I have ever tried - dark, rich with a hint of salt. But I hate chocolate ice cream and avoid it like the plague, so take that endorsement with a grain of a salt.
Were one to write a caricature of foodie culture, Smitten Ice Cream might be broadly featured. In my 'hood, so felt like I should give it a go.
Vanilla over-sweet, reminiscent of the Hoodsies of my childhood (for you ex-New Englanders on the Bay Area Board). Toasted walnuts were barely toasted (none of the depth/smokiness that comes with even a medium toast). The prices were nuts :). The theatre, absurd.
Tried it a couple weeks ago. I'd never gotten around to the SF location so it was all new to me. Got mint chip. Good flavor but the much-hyped texture was a big meh for me. I guess I'm old (skool); if I'm eating ice cream I want that fatty creamy feeling in my mouth, not this weirdly light thing. Science theater ambiance not my cup of tea either. There's too much good ice cream around for me to bother with this again.