To all my readers on the East Coast, you may want to avert your eyes and not read the following.
So some of you know my general rule of not eating ice cream on cold days. Well, an early spring made an appearance during the holiday weekend in the Bay Area so I didn’t have to break my rule when I stopped by the Curbside Creamery for some scoops of ice cream on a warm 70 degrees Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
Curbside Creamery opened six months ago in what’s known as Temescal Alley in the Temescal neighborhood. The alley is a collection of small, independent stores and have become the home for a couple of pop-ups turned brick-and-mortar stores, including Curbside that started off as a traveling ice box pedaling ice cream sandwiches at local street fairs and farmers’ markets.
Owner Tori Wentworth put a lot of care in the detailing of her tiny store, in a prominent spot right at the corner and entrance of the alley of storefronts. From the letterings to the displays by the window, there’s a sense of nostalgia and comfort. Wentworth has also said she wants the flavors to be modern spins to classics, so you won’t find any oddly named flavors here. Instead she offered up flavors like vanilla malt ball, mint chip, bourbon vanilla, salted caramel and coffee.
While Curbside specializes in ice cream sandwiches, I just got a double scoop of coffee (made from Oakland’s Bicycle Coffee Roasters) and Thai iced tea flavor (one of the few vegan options because the Thai iced tea is made with coconut milk) for $4.75.
The coffee was on top so I started with that. It had a great creamy texture from the Straus Family Dairy milk and the coffee taste was prevalent. The Thai iced tea did look and taste like Thai iced tea (one of my favorite go-to drinks at Asian restaurants) but the texture — while good — wasn’t quite the same as with real cream. I might have felt differently if I started with the Thai iced tea instead.
Either way, this ice cream shop is a welcome neighborhood spot after Scream Sorbet around the corner closed. (And it provides an alternative option for people who might be thrown by the exotic flavors of nearby Tara’s Organic Ice Cream.) I’m definitely coming back to try the ice cream sandwiches. And who knows, with the weather we’ve been having, that might be sooner rather than later.
The deets: Curbside Creamery, 482 49th St. (in Temescal Alley) off Telegraph Avenue, Oakland. Open Monday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. www.curbsideoakland.com
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