My general rule is to eat ice cream when it’s hot. I’m not a fan of ice cream on a cold day.
But in the Bay Area, it can be tough finding the perfect ice-cream-eating weather during the summer when you’re in cities close to the bay. That’s why recently I went all the way to Walnut Creek to try some ice cream because it’s always hot in Contra Costa County.
Walnut Creek, coincidentally, has been the epicenter for ice cream and yogurt shops, with several within steps from each other on Main Street. I visited Lottie’s Creamery, which opened in April.
Lottie’s Creamery’s décor matches the small-town feel of downtown Walnut Creek, and the ice cream is small-batch artisan ice cream with unique flavors. The texture of the ice cream reminded me a lot of the popular Ici in Berkeley, which isn’t a surprise when you find out that Lottie’s was opened by Deb Phillips, who used to work as a pastry chef at Ici.
I tried a scoop of Irish Coffee Crunch and scoop of Rose Cardamon with candied pistachio, all in a wonderfully crisp waffle cup ($6). The Irish coffee had a strong coffee flavor, and I like the big chunks of pistachio in the rose cardamon.
Lottie’s fits nicely in Walnut Creek, and the ice cream is definitely worthy of a taste – or several.
Lottie’s Creamery, 1414 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. Open daily from noon to 10 p.m. (till 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). www.lottiescreamery.com
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