Sure, you already know about LA's best artisanal ice creams, but what about the softer, um, servier frozen treats? Well, allow us to fill you in on those, too. When you're sweating like an animal that sweats a lot this weekend, here are the six best places to hit for next-level LA soft-serve.
Koreatown The signature flavor of this just-opened soft-servery is super-creamy vanilla topped with fresh honeycomb. So, yeah, get the signature flavor (then also get the soft-serve sandwiches with fresh sweet bun pastry buns).
Multiple Locations This truck is run by two East Coast ex-pats whose constant bumming-outage from not being able to get East Coast-style soft-serve led them to open a business dedicated to it. They serve up vanilla, chocolate, and a twist, and that's all -- no toppings, no dips, no gimmicks.
Monterey Park An LA mainstay since the '40s, Bob's serves soft-serve dipped in chocolate that crusts quickly for added crunch. If that's not your deal, they'll make you a classic banana split, or put your ice cream in an ICEE-style slushie. Because they care.
Manhattan Beach The beach is traditionally where you'd eat soft-serve, but this beachside date spot bucks tradition flavor-wise, with seasonally rotating, out-there options, including salted caramel and orange creamsicle.
Multiple Locations This beloved mini-chain's not only got 'za awesomeness, but dessert awesomeness, too. They dole out their softies on top of crazy-good smothered cookies, and then all-out top it sundae-style with sauces and hazelnuts.
Multiple Locations Unlike their truck-bros CVT, King Kone's got a massive selection of non-soft-serve desserts, including shakes and Oreo sundaes. But you're gonna want an Avalanche: soft-serve glistening atop house-shaved ice, which comes in your choice of flavors, including wild cherry and sour apple.
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Jessica Ingber is a freelancer with a major sweet tooth. You can see how major by finding her on instagram at @JessicaIngber.