Small Plates: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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It’s been a long cold winter, and since Date Night is “in the neighborhood”, we decide to pop into Jeni’s for a little dessert on a “warm” February night.IMG_0849
Jeni’s is located in the Bacchanalia/Taqueria del Sol/JCT Kitchen complex that was once abandoned warehouses, but now is home to some of the best eating on the Westside. Crowds flock to this complex every day of the week. On a Wednesday night, the place is packed with a steady stream of customers. That alone has to say something about the ice cream.
There are many choices and you can sample everything. The staff here knows their menu. These are not surly teens working in a Baskin-Robbins. The woman helping us is excited about the product, and her excitement is infectious. Because we feel like we are holding up the line, we sample only three flavors, and buy everything we taste.
Eve goes for a salted caramel and brambleberry crisp. The brambleberry is a mixture of blackberries and black currants. It’s the best ice cream we eat tonight. You can really taste the salt in the salted caramel. It’s a good flavor to go with the sweet ice cream.

By the way, this is a “small”, which goes for $4.50. You can put two flavors in a small serving. The scoops are not huge, and leave you wanting a little more.
My bowl looks similar to Eve’s, but I get the goat cheese with red cherries to go with my salted caramel. They put a lot of cherries in there and it tastes a lot like cherry cheesecake. Delicious. A nice touch: the bowls are made of cardboard and the spoons are made of corn starch, which means that your waste products are 100% landfill-friendly.

The verdict? Splendid! It’s expensive, but only a couple of dollars more than the boutique frozen yogurt store we usually hit in the summer. I’m sure we will go back. There are too many flavors that we need to try!

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