Loard’s Ice Cream

4 12 2009
Atmosphere: 4/5   ♦   Service: 5/5   ♦   Food Quality: 5/5   ♦   Value: 5/5
Times Visited: Lots   ♦   Will I Return?: Have to restrain from going every day.
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Cue heavenly sounding boys choir.  (Halleluja…)

Loard’s is an Establishment as far as I’m concerned. Capital “E” and everything.  The decorations are from a decade when my parents roamed the play yards (and I mean that they were children, not just really creepy adults) – pink and white stripes installed with enough vigor and enthusiasm to last a century.  And boy do I hope it does.

I have frequented this shop pretty much since I was a kid but became especially attached after obtaining my driver’s license and being miraculously allowed to chauffeur myself down for a sundae anytime I darn well pleased.

Pink stripes aside, Loard’s ice cream is legendary.  It is deliciously creamy and the choice of flavors is unrivaled (that is, I think there are more than 31 flavors, right?).  There’s a menu filled with fabulous concoctions to get you started on choosing your after-dinner (or pre-dinner, after-lunch, first thing in the morning…) delicacy , but anyone working there is happy to substitute butterbrickle ice cream for vanilla, add extra caramel or hold the whipped cream (though I’m not sure why you’d want to).

Coffee ice cream sundae with chocolate syrup, toffee bits, whipped cream and a cherry.

As long as I’ve been frequenting Loard’s, I’ve experienced superb ice cream, exceptional hot fudge, professionally constructed desserts, friendly service, and reasonable prices (although it isn’t cheap, but that’s because it’s so good!).  I bring friends, family, visitors, strangers…anyone who wants dessert, I always know where to point them.  And supposedly, as the back of the menu informs me, there are many other Loard’s locations around the bay – San Leandro, Oakland, Alameda, Livermore, Danville, and Alamo to name a few – though I’ve never been to or even seen these other stores.  But, I have faith that Loard’s tells no lies, so I will believe them that the stores are where they say and that they are equally as yumalicious.

Writing this is giving me quite a hankering for some frozen delights – see you at Loard’s!

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10 responses

7 12 2009
Diane

I went there this evening, as I love Loard’s ice cream as well. There is nothing better! I do not enjoy the ambiance quite as much as you, but it was warm inside while freezing outside, so it was comfortable and welcoming.

18 12 2009
Daddyo

mmmm….Loards! Yes, it is very delicious ice cream. I guess lots of people agree cuz it’s been in business at least 40 or 50 years.

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12 05 2011
Benjamin Du

You make me hungry!!!!! That’s a good thing!!!!!!!!!! Hope ou can visit C-10 again!!!!!!

12 05 2011
broccoliandchocolate

Hi Benjamin, I love being hungry, it means I get to eat soon! :) I hope I can visit you guys again soon too, thank you for being so nice to me when I was there; I felt very welcome!

30 06 2011
U.j.

Your Grandmam used to always have Loards ice cream in her freezer. Rocky Road and vanilla as I recall. Heck, I can remember when they were across the way in the Village, on the corner. We’d get a cone and leave via the alley in back.
U.John

5 08 2011
Afton

I grew up in Castro Valley and have great memories of getting Peter Pans at the Loard’s in the Castro Village. Visited the Loard’s in Modesto tonight and was disappointed that the shop did not have any of the same charm. Not only did the Peter Pan not have peppermint ice cream. they didn’t even carry peppermint ice cream in the store. Sad.

6 08 2011
broccoliandchocolate

Wow, that stinks! We went to another Loard’s in San Leandro a couple months ago and it was the same thing… totally different feel to it (crap everywhere, in fact) and not nearly as yummy or fun. I guess the franchise doesn’t mandate adorable 50′s feel to it with all the delicious flavors in stock. Too bad. Thanks for the comment! :)

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