We tried this new gelateria on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock this weekend and highly recommend it. The name and sign out front are a bit misleading, as Helados Vazquez is more than just an ice cream place, and only somewhat Latin in its ambiance and menu.
They had about 20 different flavors of delicious gelato made with fresh ingredients such as peaches, mangoes and lemons. We liked the yogurt gelato which they served with a little fresh berry sauce on top. Pistachio gelato was also very good. Other flavors included: coconut, strawberry, passion fruit, tiramisu, pineapple and hazelnut-chocolate (I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a few).
There were three lunch/dinner meal specials which were a good value at about $8 to $9 each. We tried the tamales and the pork ribs in salsa verde, both of which were excellent. The meals came with a variety of side dishes, including: rice, black beans, avocado, plaintains, corn salad and homemade jalapeno bread with hot sauce on the side. Everything was yummy. Since they don't have their liquor license yet, they were happy to let us bring in our own beer.
Everything is made on the premises with high-quality ingredients and the husband-wife team who run the place are very friendly. Helados Vazquez is two doors down from the new Ash Creek Saloon location (where the Black Rock Castle used to be). The owners have done a great job of fixing up the building and you can see on display some of the unusual items they found inside the walls when they renovated.
A great addition to the neighborhood! Try it and tell us what you think!
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