Just the best combination of two sweets one could ever find.
Written By: Benjamin Wright 6 of LA’s Best Ice Cream Sandwiches
There are supermarket options out there, but why settle for less when the best and freshest options are served at local establishments from Westwood to Downtown to Manhattan Beach? From neighborhood institutions to the new kids on the block, these places offer tasty ice cream and cookie combinations and provide LA with fresh twists on a favorite treat.
926 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.208.0448 | www.diddyriese.com
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, noon-1 a.m. Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday
Diddy Riese, near the UCLA campus in the heart of Westwood, is a family-owned enterprise (named after their grandmother) and a neighborhood institution. While cookies and ice cream were on the menu when Diddy Riese started in 1983, it wouldn’t start selling the ice cream cookie sandwich for which it’s well known today for another decade. The cookies were a family recipe and are still made on the premises from scratch, baked fresh daily. Diddy Riese leaves the decision to choose ice cream and cookie combinations up to the customer, offering 10 varieties of fresh cookies (including chocolate chip with walnuts, peanut butter and sugar cinnamon) and 12 flavors of Dreyer’s Premium Grand ice cream, all at the reasonable price of only $2—and that’s no misprint! It’s a combination of affordable prices, a quality product baked with love and care and consistency that have made Diddy Riese a local favorite for more than 30 years. And they’re open late, so now you know where to go when you get that midnight hankering for an ice cream sandwich.
8588 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
310.838.5559 | www.eatcoolhaus.com
Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and noon-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Coolhaus is an architecturally inspired gourmet ice cream business started by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, two young women with backgrounds in design and real estate. The co-founders combined a love of food with a passion for architecture (which they meshed into the portmanteau word “farchitecture”), naming their ice cream sandwiches after the architectural sources of their inspiration. Making a splash on the food scene at the Coachella Music Festival in April 2009, the enterprise has since expanded to include 10 mobile trucks and carts (half in Southern California) and two storefronts (in Culver City and Pasadena). Aside from the architectural inspiration, it’s the flavors that really make Coolhaus shine, with attention to detail and a preference for local, natural and organic ingredients. Among the innovative ice cream flavors there’s fried chicken & waffles, gin & tonic and Cuban cigar. Coolhaus also offers seasonal and rotating flavors, currently featuring Jewish deli-inspired options such as the cream cheese & rye between two black & whites and the pastrami ice cream with two marble rye whoopies. The sandwiches are regularly priced at $5 each. There is also a two-story option and the skyscraper, which is perfect for those who love a challenge: a five-story ice cream sandwich that’s free if you can eat it within 10 minutes. In addition they offer happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday ($1 off a single-story ice cream sandwich or scoop) and often have special promotions posted on their Snapchat (Coolhausla).
1525 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.874.6168 | www.mashtimalone.com
Hours: 11 a.m.-11.30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday
Right in the heart of Hollywood, just north of Sunset Boulevard on La Brea Avenue, is Mashti Malone’s, co-owned by brothers Mashti and Mehdi Shirvani. Before the Shirvani brothers started their business the site was an ice cream shop called Mugsy Malone’s (that’s where the Malone comes from). Mashti Malone’s was started in 1980 and features exotic ingredients like rosewater, saffron and cardamom, in addition to traditional American ice cream flavors like chocolate chip and vanilla. Mashti Malone’s uses no preservatives, eggs, corn syrup, refined sugar, trans fat or artificial colors or flavors in its products. The website proclaims it offers “Heaven on a Spoon, ” but you don’t need a spoon to enjoy these ice cream delights, as there are cones and sandwich options available. Mashti Malone’s has become a neighborhood staple over the past 35 years, with people driving from all over LA to try the flavors. Having been in the same spot for so long, with popularity driven by word of mouth, Mashti Malone’s has developed an intergenerational clientele. Kids who came to Mashti’s 30 years ago are now coming in with their children, and they know it’s a place they can trust for quality products like the popular rosewater saffron pistachio ice cream sandwiched between two thin wafers. The ice cream sandwiches are normally priced reasonably at $4, but co-owner Mehdi Shirvani was kind enough to offer 20 percent off an ice cream purchase to those who mention this article through the month of September. With high quality products and a strong local following, Mashti Malone’s is one not to miss.
Carmela Ice Cream
7920 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323.944.0232 | www.carmelaicecream.com
Hours: Noon-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday and Saturday. The Pasadena location opens and closes one hour earlier.
Carmela Ice Cream started in 2007 and opened its first store in Pasadena a few years later, after years of selling small batch artisanal ice creams made with natural ingredients and organic dairy at farmers markets. While its small batch philosophy hasn’t changed, Carmela’s popularity has led to expansion over the years, with a bigger store on West Third Street in Los Angeles. Carmela has also stayed true to its roots by maintaining a presence at four farmers markets each week, and it is at these markets many of the local ingredients infused in the ice creams are selected. Carmela offers three standard flavors for its ice cream sandwiches, such as the delectable dark chocolate cookie with fresh mint ice cream. In addition to the regular menu items there are also seasonal items such as the strawberry buttermilk ice cream with a brown sugar cookie, which will soon be disappearing from the menu to make way for the upcoming gingerbread cookie with cardamom ice cream. Customizable ice cream sandwiches are also available. The ice cream sandwiches at Carmela cost $5.75, but there are special discounts available for larger purchases such as ice cream sandwiches by the dozen.
7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.939.6455 | www.themilkshop.com
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
With flavors changing daily, it’s best to call ahead to see what varieties of ice cream sandwiches Milk is currently offering. Or if you don’t mind pleasant surprises then pop right in because the worst case scenario is that you have to forego the ice cream sandwich for another delicious frozen treat. Milk’s ice cream is made from natural ingredients with no artificial flavorings. With a location on Beverly Boulevard near the New Beverly Cinema and just east of the Grove, and another in Silverlake, Milk lovers have a choice of venue. Although parking on Beverly Boulevard can be hard to come by, there is lot of parking available for customers just across the street at 7369 Beverly Blvd. Known for the macaron ice cream sandwiches, with ice cream flavors that include red velvet and Thai tea, Milk has developed a loyal clientele as can be attested by the lines—though they move much more quickly than one would expect.
1726 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.662.0341 | www.churroborough.com
Hours: 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays
Started in 2011 by Sylvia Yoo, Churro Borough was born of Yoo’s love of ice cream and churros. Before opening shop in the hip and trendy Los Feliz neighborhood, she was selling her desserts at pop-ups and events across Los Angeles. Soon, with growing popularity, what started as a side project turned into a full-time venture. Churro Borough has expanded its menu options over the years, but the churro ice cream sandwich is still its signature item. There are many varieties of ice cream sandwich to choose from at Churro Borough, including several seasonal flavors like chocolate cookie malt and strawberry buttermilk ice cream and favorites like the Spanish latte and vanilla custard. What makes the ice cream special is that it’s made in small batches using local ingredients. Like all of the makers of LA’s best ice cream sandwiches featured here, there’s a lot of love and care that goes into the creamy confections at Churro Borough. And it’s this love, care and attention to detail that makes the ice cream sandwiches available at each of these venues among the very best in LA.