Summer's coming to and end, and I realize I still don't know what the LA ice cream classics are! I'm talking about a regional company that's been around for a few decades but never made it big enough to be loved by anyone who isn't an Angeleno. Something that people miss when they move away, and that reminds them of growing up here.
For San Francisco, it would be something like It's It ice cream sandwiches or Mitchell's ice cream.
Is LA's equivalent Carvel? Penguin? I've seen both around but been to neither. Thrifty's?
Bennett's in The Farmer's Market near The Grove might fit the bill, but I don't think they sell any ice cream at other locations. Incidentally, I tried their fresh peach the other day and found it lacking in peach flavor and a little foamy in terms of mouthfeel. Not bad, but not great.