Milk is one of the most popular dessert spots in L.A., and for good reason. Milk is situated near the corner of La Brea and Beverly, within walking distance of one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, Angelini Osteria, and the heritage revival movie theater, the New Beverly Cinema (currently owned by Quentin Tarantino). Aside from is central location and all-around great desserts, there are a couple of items in particular that are truly exceptional at Milk. Everyone seems to be eating something with ice cream when you’re at Milk, and the Thai iced tea ice cream and accompanying sandwich may be the best flavor they (or anyone, really) have ever offered. Sandwiched between two ultra-large Thai iced tea-flavored macarons, the ice cream of the same flavor is a perfect replica of the infamous Thai beverage. Except, as it often is not, as a beverage, the Thai iced tea ice cream has the iciness, the coolness, that truly enhances both the flavor and the flavor’s potential as a summer refreshment. It is a dessert sent from above—a brilliant take on the original—and if not the most delicious it is certainly one of the most interesting in Los Angeles. The prices are a bit high at Milk; an ice cream sandwich will cost you $5.00. But the quality is superb, especially as an after dinner or movie treat. And while most talk about the ice cream and baked goods at Milk, I think they possible serve my favorite chocolate pudding of all time. I know pudding hasn’t necessarily been en vogue for 50+ years, but however they’re preparing it at Milk has done nothing less than redefine the maligned dessert and help me gain a little respect for my childhood lunches.
Metro: 14 bus exit Poinsettia; 212/312 exit Beverly, head west two blocks.
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