Sundae Funday

Our favorite ice cream in L.A.

If killer ice cream is what you're craving right now (and who isn't?), we've got the inside scoop for you.

Check out our favorite frozen treats in L.A., in no particular order.

① Sweet Rose Creamery in Brentwood

The banana split ($7.50) is as good for kids as it is for food snobs: Scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream are layered with a sliced banana, whipped cream, Guittard hot fudge and crunchy toasted almonds, all made in-house.

② Mother Moo Creamery in Sierra Madre

The Modest Cow sundae ($6) is anything but. The ice cream is a dairy triple-threat-milk, cream and buttermilk-based Triple Milk–which is then topped with mixed nuts, house-made marshmallow and butterscotch.

③ Quenelle in Burbank

This tiny storefront serves up some of the best scoops ($3.50 for a regular) in the city. Purists keep it simple with chocolate, made with Valrhona, and vanilla mascarpone. If you must, try one of several house-made toppings, such as crispy, caramelized rice, sprinkled on top.

④ Salt & Straw at Joan's on Third in Beverly Grove

PDX-based Salt & Straw proves that bigger is better with a whopping 17% butterfat content giving flavors such as sea salt with caramel ribbons and coffee and bourbon ($3 per scoop) a decadent boost.

⑤ Neveux Artisan Creamery in Fairfax

The self-described artisan creamery starts with Straus milk for its small-batch ice cream. We love the banana flavor ($3 for one scoop), for which the fruit is caramelized to rich results.

⑥ Fountain Coffee Room in Beverly Hills

At the Beverly Hills Hotel, the charm is as big as the prices. Sure, it's $10 for a sundae, but it's made with homemade ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or coffee), chopped pecans, whipped cream and house-made hot fudge, served in a century-old diner.

Carmela Ice Cream in Pasadena

Carmela's best flavor, salted caramel, scores points for being not too sweet and not over-the-top. When sandwich between house-made thin dark chocolate cookies ($5), it's portable perfection.

⑧ Mashti Malone's in Hollywood

Get schooled on Persian ice cream–a silky, taffy-like texture sets it apart from the usual scoop. We're head over heels for the rosewater saffron with pistachios ($4 for one scoop; $5 for two).