Sunday, January 23, 2005

Ice cream update

OK, forget gelato. This is L.A., we might as well stick to Persian or Mexican ice cream. After brunch at Farmer's Market (borek with bacon and eggs for Matt, huevos con calabacitas for me) we tried Mateo's Ice Cream & Fruti Bars, a Mexican ice cream parlor in a mini-mall at Pico just west of Crenshaw. I was hoping for even more flavors of paletas (Mexican popsicles), but the tamarindo I tried was intensely flavored, definitely one of the best. Mateo's makes an ice cream flavor that makes the rosewater at Mashti Malone's look like Kool-Aid. Leche quemada ice cream is usually translated as "burnt milk," like the Mexican milk fudge I love. But Mateo translates it as "smoked milk," and he isn't kidding! This stuff tastes a lot like you dropped your vanilla ice cream in an ashtray...but in a good way. I think I'll be back soon for a whole cone of the stuff. It's definitely an acquired taste, so get a tasting spoon before you commit to a cone. And be sure to try the wonderfully fruity paletas (tuna fruit, anyone?).
Mateo's Ice Cream & Fruti Bars
4222 W. Pico Blvd.
(323) 931-5500

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh - I love paletas. I have been on the hunt for a place like this in the SF area - will have to try Mateo's when I visit my family in LA. Great post.

Jen
Life Begins @ Thirty

Anonymous said...

I had a great Horchata flavored ice cream there once. They sell their stuff by the pint too, great for parties. "Tuna fruit" is actually cactus.

Anonymous said...

Tunas--like Las Tunas.

I'll make a special trip for this place. And Pat--I'm not at E! anymore and we never got to meet for lunch.
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michel said...

Is a really good place and you have to go there. if you go once you would never go to another place is a great place specially their shakes and ice creams and the paletas. Is the best place to go. Just try. And see how you gonna like it too.

Anonymous said...

Is a really good place and really have to go there. If you go once you would never go to another place. Mateo's the best place to go. Just go and see how you gonna like it. I really like the ice cream and specially the shakes.

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