Craving the sort of fancy, experimental, organic ice cream you expect from the Bay Area? It’s being served now at the softly opened Good Scoop in Davis.
The Good Scoop (130 G Street, Suite A) sells Tara’s Organic Ice Cream, which sure enough, is from the Bay Area. Tara’s makes more than 175 flavors, and the Good Scoop picks 19 to serve at a time in its cheery, white-and-yellow-and-teal space, which used to house Tuco’s Wine Bar.
I sampled—ahem—several flavors and was pretty impressed. The only comparable shop in Sacramento is downtown’s Cornflower Creamery, though the Good Scoop offers some options that are definitely more out there, such as pink peppercorn, balsamic beet and orange cashew. Regardless, the flavors pop in a big way. The mint chip isn’t green and actually tastes like fresh mint leaves. The peanut butter swirl is remarkably smooth. And I love that Tara’s doesn’t shy away from salt, as evidenced in the rosemary with salted almonds and salted caramel. Those two, by the way, make a killer pairing.
There are also gluten-free brownie sandwiches ($6.50) in a bunch of flavors, and the brownie itself gets a sweet chew from dates. Plus, popsicles ($5), in flavors such as lime curd, cardamom, sage and genmaicha tea. The Good Scoop also makes waffle cones in-house daily, including a black sesame-studded variety that’s light and crisp.
Prices might seem a little steep: a little itty bitty scoop costs $2.75 in a cup (cones cost an extra $1) and go up to $6 for a large. There’s good news too, though. The Good Scoop is open until midnight Thursday through Saturday, for any nighttime cravings. Look for the grand opening party on March 26, and since it’s a collaboration with Unseen Heroes, it’ll probably be rad.