I’m currently in New York and it’s 38 degrees outside. I’ve been walking around with gloves, scarves, jackets and boots thinking about how it’s probably 70 degrees in Los Angeles and how much I miss Jeni’s Ice Cream. I’ve passed by multiple gelato and ice cream shops in the last day and a half that I’ve been here, but what I really want is a scoop of Ndali Vanilla, Intellegencia Black Cat Espresso, Bitter Sweet Hot Fudge… and their waffle wedge.
I love ice cream. So much. As a child, it was the only way to get me to go on a shopping trip with my grandparents. As I get older, it is the thing that I turn to when I’m in need of a pick me up or when I am celebrating something. It’s soothing, it’s fun, and most importantly… it’s delicious. Jeni’s has changed the ice cream game on so many levels… it’s made it hard for me to eat other brands of ice cream.
I’m a scoop shop girl, so when I found out from one of my best friends up north that she was opening a scoop shop in Los Feliz… I made it my priority to go. I drove up from Orange County after work and was lucky enough to be one of the first 50 people in line. What does that mean? It means you got to meet THE Jeni, a sweet swag bag AND any type of ice cream you wanted to order. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Since then, I’ve tried to visit every time I’m in LA. I will make any excuse to go and will take people with me if the chance arises. Jeni’s in Los Feliz closes at 11pm, which give you ample time to grab dinner and head on over after for some really great ice cream. There is street parking in front of the shop, but if that’s full, I normally park about 2 blocks away. Metered parking is free after 8pm and it’s always nice to take a short stroll down Hillhurst Avenue to look at their small shops and restaurants nearby. So many great restaurant choices there to choose from.
Once you get inside… you smell their waffle cones. Jeni’s makes some really great waffle cones. It’s by far my favorite. As you approach the ice cream counter, you are greeted by their extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff. There aren’t any restrictions as to how many flavors you can try. If you are ever confused with what flavor combinations to pick, ask the person that’s helping you and they will be more than happy to make suggestions. They are pretty accurate with their suggestions. I have not been disappointed ever when I’ve reached out for help.
Here’s a tip… if you can’t commit to an entire waffle cone, they have waffle wedges for you at no extra charge (yes, you can ask for more than one…).
If you haven’t gone… please give Jeni’s a whirl. She’s opening up a shop in Venice with free scoops on 2/9… if you need a little more incentive to go.