Whether it’s dished up from a vintage truck or the star of a destination restaurant, soft-serve ice cream speaks of summer. Here are four of our favorite places to sample the sweet treat.
2660 Griffith Park Blvd, Silver Lake.
Go for malted milk chocolate with sweet corn and almond, or strawberry cheesecake with sweet cream, and top with chocolate honeycomb, butterscotch Rice Krispies, and house-made sprinkles.
Only the Pico shop in this ice cream empire offers seasonal flavors like milk gelato and dairy-free peach sorbet. (Yes, those two do taste amazing together.) Watch social media for new flavors; they change regularly.
This is no standard ice cream truck operation. The cream comes from a local dairy, the flavors are classic vanilla and chocolate, and the soft-serve is whirled on refurbished vintage trucks named Charlie and Frankie. No adornments necessary.
1142 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach.
The must-have dessert at David LeFevre’s South Bay spot is whatever soft swirl is on the menu, whether it’s salted caramel with green figs and pistachios or coconut with milk jam, peanuts, and sesame seeds.