I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Lemon Grove Ice Cream Parlor

The city’s newest business is good to the last lick.

Open just over a month, manager Rita De La Rosa and owner Erica Candelaria have created a charming, nostalgia-themed space at the . It not only offers ice cream, but special snacks, fresh juices, sundaes, malts and shakes.

We lucked out on this one. Neiderfrank’s ice cream makes a trip to the parlor well worth a visit. You’re in for a real treat if you have not sampled Neiderfrank’s 100-percent natural ice cream, made locally in National City.

According to their website, “We still make our ice cream by the most antique, inefficient, outdated and expensive process in the world. Our ice cream is made in old-fashioned freezers instead of modern machines that blow the ice cream up with air. We make our flavor bases from real fruits and nuts. Any extracts must be from 100-percent natural sources.”

The results are delicious—and they’ve made it the same way since 1948! While others went for quantity, Neiderfrank’s decided to focus on quality in their little factory in the South Bay.

So now, Lemon Grovians, your creamy experience is just down the block on Broadway in the old Maggie’s Cakes and Ice Cream storefront. It’s a friendly place, with a great staff who are not shy about offering you generous samples of their wares.

With 32 tasty ice cream flavors to choose from, including macadamia nut toffee, apple strudel, and coconut almond joy, it’s almost hard to know where to begin. They also have delicious pistachio nut ice cream, which is not green—it’s all natural, so no food coloring added. Yeah!

For non-dairy customers there are five vegan sherbets and sorbets, including “lemon groovy” sherbet and passion fruit sorbet.

Or how about a Choco-Taco? This decedent knockout concoction is made with a waffle cone shaped like a taco shell, filled with chunky chocolate and vanilla ice cream, topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Whoa.

One specialty snack is a Mexican favorite called Tostilocos: A single-serving bag of Tostito brand tortilla chips, opened like a bowl and filled with chopped cucumber, jicama, peanuts, pickled pork skins (optional), lime juice, and hot sauce. It is one tangy treat.

I sampled a Mexican chocolate ice cream and fresh banana malt that practically knocked my socks off. I plan to wear flip-flops on my next visit.

Lemon Grove Ice Cream Parlor is located at 7963 Broadway, between Grove Street and Kemp Street. They are open Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the summer they plan to stay open until 11 p.m. You can call them at (619) 467-7530, or like them on their Facebook page.


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