There’s been an incredible resurgence of ice cream shops in LA as of late, so it takes something really special (read: mind-blowingly delicious) to stand out. One new downtown shop’s doing just that by combining two of your kiddos’ favorite foods into one drool-worthy concoction. Meet the ice cream taco at Cream, a new shop near USC (and Exposition Park, which means one stop ice cream, dinos and spaceships!)

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Having just opened its first LA location in March, Cream already has fanatic following of ice cream connoisseurs. Their overwhelming popularity is due in large part to thinking beyond the scoop. Uber creative menu items like The Cream Taco (three flavors of ice cream with two toppings nestled inside a fresh baked red velvet or regular waffle cone taco shell) are just one of the many reasons people are willing to wait for a chilly treat.

Twenty-two delicious ice cream flavors like cinnamon chill, strawberry cheesecake, salted caramel and green tea are made from premium ingredients and top-secret recipes that taste a cut above the rest. And the toppings…oh the toppings…from rainbow sprinkles to gummy bears, there’s pretty much anything any kid can imagine.

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While The Cream Taco is certainly the shop’s current toast of the town, Cream is actually best known for it’s delectable (and totally affordable) ice cream sandwiches. With warm freshly baked cookies from red velvet and chocolate chip to snicker doodle and lemon heaven, your tots are bound to find a mixture they’ll devour. Parents will appreciate having vegan and gluten-free cookie options for tikes who need it, and almost all ice cream flavors are gluten-free with a couple soy choices available as well.

Milkshakes, fruit bars, and the always dependable cone round out the vast menu. Ample seating is available inside—perfect for escaping LA’s soaring spring & summer temps and service couldn’t be more friendly. But definitely come prepared to wait in line because wait, you will. (We swear, it’s worth it!)

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Nearby and Noteworthy: While some of us (ok, most of us here at Red Tricycle!) wouldn’t think twice about driving across town for fabulous ice cream, some have second thoughts when it comes to words like “traffic” and “long-lines”, especially when kids are in the mix.  But this shop is perfectly positioned for a sweet stop after a long day playing at the Natural History Museum or California Science Center.  So whether you’re here to see the butterflies or check out the new Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, this ice cream treat should be your last stop on your way home.

Yum-O Specials: Check Cream’s Facebook page for current Taco Tuesday specials which usually include $1 off all tacos.

Hours: Sun.- Wed. from noon-10 p.m. and Thurs. – Sat. from noon-midnight

Cream
3335 S. Figueroa St.
Exposition Park
213-742-9090
Online: creamnation.com

Have you treated your family to Cream? What fab flavors were your faves? We’d love to know!

–Jennifer O’Brien