Scoops Westside – Palms

If you’re looking for an adventure in ice cream, look no further than Scoops. Tai Kim, the mad scientist behind Scoops, creates unusual flavors – so while goat cheese and lavender may not be ingredients that you would associate with ice cream, they are part of the regular rotation of flavors.

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At Scoops Westside, there are at least 12 flavors, including a couple of non-dairy soy-based ones, great for vegans and the lactose-intolerant. My daughter, who is the first to complain, will often choose one of the non-dairy flavors instead and has declared them equally delicious. Ordering a single allows you to try two flavors – definitely the way to go.

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The flavors reflect the melting pot that is Los Angeles – like horchata peanut butter, miso Irish cream and pistachio rosewater. Usually there’s some alchohol-based flavor which I will always order (and am never disappointed).

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Some flavors are totally bizarre – like the bacon cheeseburger I once tried here. If you’re unsure of a flavor, you can always sample it first, just to be safe. Thanks to sampling, that bacon cheeseburger did not have the honor of making it into my final selection.

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Oreo (non-dairy)

If you can think of some exotic flavor you would like them to develop, there’s a handy dandy chalkboard on which you can write down your idea.

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Toppings like sprinkles and nuts can be added on for free – just ask! These used to be placed on the counter for customers to help themselves, but not any more. I blame my daughter’s best friend, who once loaded up on the peanuts, emptying out the container. After that visit, the serve-yourself topping had disappeared. Coincidence? I think not.

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Maple Butterfinger

Scoops updates their Twitter feed daily with the latest flavors – except on Sundays, when they are closed. They share a small parking lot with C & M Cafe, so if you time it right, you can eat lunch at C & M and dessert over at Scoops, which would make a perfect pairing.

Location – 3400 Overland Ave., Los Angeles 90034. Additional location in East Hollywood.
Website – http://www.scoopswestside.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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