Just in time for this weekend’s warm weather in the Bay Area, Cookiebar Creamery opened its second location on 8th Street on the edge of Old Oakland.
Cookiebar is a nostalgic ice cream parlor that originally opened in Alameda’s West End by Alameda natives Robert Feng and John Ngu. This second location, which opened last Friday, has the old time charm with white subway tiles and limestone green chairs.
Like the name, the store is known for its made-to-order ice cream sandwiches, where you pick the freshly baked cookie and ice cream. The ice cream is a mix of flavors made from scratch, ranging in flavors from the traditional like Rocky Road and Cookies N’ Cream, to the unusual like Jasmine milk tea or ube (Philippine purple yam).
When I visited yesterday afternoon, I tried an ice cream sandwich made with a snickerdoodle and black sesame ice cream ($5.50). The ice cream had a nice sesame flavor, but it was overpowered by the huge snickerdoodle cookie. In fact, my sandwich looked more like a burger because of the thickness of the cookies.
Cookiebar also sells ice cream floats and ice cream by the scoop. I wanted to try some of the unusually flavor so I ordered a double scoop cup ($5.50) of honey melon and Vietnamese coffee, both very satisfying and quite thick in texture. One thing for sure, at least in these early days, the Cookiebar staff is serving up really huge scoops of ice cream.
Cookiebar will probably be compared to Berkeley’s C.R.E.A.M., which has been expanding recently at a high clip. Cookiebar’s Oakland location is a bit out of the way and may likely serve mostly the weekday office crowd in that area.
The deets: Cookiebar Creamery, 517 8th St., Oakland. Open daily from noon. www.cookiebarcreamery.com
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