Summer is coming, even if May grey is here and June gloom seems to be on the horizon. On Melrose Ave., ice cream is a year ‘round treat at these tasty spots. So where should you go to get your ice-cream-screams going?
With a name like Alta Nordic, you just know there’s going to be something cold for dessert. And there are two unique ice cream-centric choices on the eclectic menu. Try the Apple Dessert, featuring a thin sliced apple on phyllo, vanilla ice cream, and caramel, or the Ginger Pear, a poached ginger pear with almonds and chocolate sauce, and of course – vanilla ice cream. You won’t find this back in Kansas.
Alta Nordic Kitchen
7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Settle back and enjoy the upscale soul food vibe of the Peach Crumble on one of Melrose Ave.’s prettiest patios – perfect for a summer night. The perfect, airy pie-like concoction is made with fresh fruit, dulce con leche, and a luscious coconut sorbet.
It doesn’t get any more delicious – or more cutting edge – than Cold Rolled. Based on Thai-style rolled ice cream as a concept, this unique, made-to-order ice cream preparation includes flavors from Matcha Green Tea to Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Lovers Premium Creation, and Oreos & Cream. Prepared on a chilled stainless steel plate kept at -15°F, these custom concoctions are spread thinly on a plate and customized with your name in a sweet drizzle. Add toppings and whipped cream to your USDA-certified organic ice cream; almond milk and coconut milk ice creams are also available in over 20 base ice cream flavors and 50 toppings. Or choose a creamy milk shake!
True Italian dining isn’t complete without gelato – the smooth, airy dessert offered at this sleek spot is housemade vanilla gelato combined with Lillo’s expresso shot for a delightful Affogato al caffe. Not a coffee fanatic? Then try one of Franco’s gelati or sorbetti solo: vanilla bean, pistachio, lemon, or raspberry make a delightfully refreshing treat. Mucho bene!
A rainbow concoction of ice treats is what makes Happy Ice customers smile. The psychedelic-rainbow decorated ice truck serves up a wide range of flavors at their Melrose Ave. space, where each plastic cup features a unique yellow-label happy face. Ice purveyors let customers sample flavors; the cold bliss is the texture of shaved ice but with a creamy ice cream flavor. Customer favorite: the rainbow. Extra bonus: color changing spoons. The truck is usually parked from 1 to 5 p.m.
parks in front of: 7320 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
If you’re looking for one of the most delicious yet different milkshakes in town, La Crème undoubtedly has it: the Avocado Banana Milkshake, made with banana, avocado, and vanilla ice cream. It’s refreshingly light, and even, dare we say it, a bit nutritious. Just a step away from true ice cream, try the Doux Amour Crepe, filled with condensed milk, caramel, strawberry, banana, and coconut flakes. Sweet!
When it comes to milkshakes, even if the name belies that more pedestrian handle, Starbucks’ Frappuccinos make a pretty cool treat. New flavors add to the blended drink’s well-known pizzazz, from Cupcake Crème to Caffe Vanilla, Java Chip, Lemon Bar, or Double Chocolatey Chip. These are among the most popular flavors, and naturally – all are topped with flavor-infused whipped cream. Also on the menu: chocolate or strawberry smoothies, for a lighter choice.
Does sweet, cold acai qualify as an ice cream desert? We say yes, and shhh – but it’s also good for you. At Ubatuba’s Melrose outpost, enjoy acai topped with banana, strawberry, granola, and your choice of an extra topping, plus a honey drizzle. You can also get acai in a gluten-free cone or cup with two toppings. Or try the Smoothie, great if you’re on the go – it features acai, banana, strawberries, and a choice of low-fat dairy milk, soy milk, almond milk, orange, apple or pineapple-coconut juice as a base.
Want dessert after a chef-driven meal? But you really crave ice cream? Then Wolf has you covered with two stellar cold desserts on their summer menu. The Coffee Souffle comes with vanilla ice cream; the Eton Mess is a mix of meringue, berries, black tea ice cream, and vanilla whip. And for something truly decadent, try their wolfish take on Banana Cake, made with pumpkin, dulce de leche, candied walnuts, and eggnog ice cream.
Sometimes, it’s oh-thank-heaven you can actually just grab and go from the classic convenience store on Melrose Ave—7-11. Get an icy Coke or Blue Raspberry Slurpee from their ubiquitous machine, or choose from a variety of 7-Select Go Yum ice cream pints: chocolate, sea salt caramel truffle, fudge marshmallow, and vanilla bean are among the rich favorites. Select Haagen-Dazs flavors are available in pint sizes, too.