Little India is really little, taking up a mile-long stretch of Pioneer Boulevard. However, this shop pack a huge amount of flavor into all 16 flavors they scoop each day. Don't let foreign names scare you off either -- one of our favorites is the Rajbhog: saffron, almonds, pistachios, cashews, and cardamom.
Indian ice cream flavors are often fruit and nut-based, with preparations that offer a sweet and light alternative to traditional fudge-like mithai. Saffron Spot has been an Artesia mainstay for Indian-flavored ice creams for nearly two decades. While they do offer a small selection of savory eats, their main focus is ice-creams, shaved ice, and falooda—a classic ice cream float with noodles, sweet basil seeds, and of course, ice cream. During the festive season, their best seller is the Rajbhog ice cream with saffron ice cream, mixed nuts, and cardamom that bridges the flavors between mithai and traditional Indian ice cream.
How to book: Walk-ins only.
Saffron Spot is a must-stop destination and an Artesia mainstay for artisanal Indian ice cream. In addition to popular flavors like mango and pistachio, owner Smita Vasant crafts other classic Indian desserts like kulfi kreme, a popular ice cream with nut and cardamon flavors; cassata, a layered ice cream with pistachio, vanilla, and tutti frutti; and falooda, an ice-cream float with noodles and basil seeds. Dessert seekers with dietary restrictions can opt for gola, or dairy-free Indian snow cones.
How to order: Walk in or call 562-809-4554 for catering and large orders.