I checked out Tin Pot Creamery, a new artisanal ice cream shop in Palo Alto. It's located in the Town and Country Village, next to CVS.
I tried the brown butter pecan flavor, consisting of brown butter ice cream, with lightly caramelized chopped pecans (might be a light praline coating). It was excellent, despite the fact that it was 90% melted when I got it; for this batch, they didn't wait for it to completely freeze before placing it in the serving case. It mostly melted before I could pay for it, but it was still great.
In terms of pricing: 1 scoop in a cup is $3.50, and 2 scoops in a cup is $4; which means you get double the quantity for a 14% higher price. So, I also got a scoop of cinnamon snickerdoodle, consisting of cinnamon ice cream with broken up snickerdoodle cookies. It was excellent.
I like the texture of their ice cream base; not too gummy or too crumbly. In comparison, the Humphry Slocombe ice cream base is too "crumbly" for me.
It looks like Tin Pot is intending to compete with quality similar to Bi-Rite. I would need to sample a bit more to compare. Actually, I would be interested to know if their roasted banana is as good as Bi-Rite's roasted banana.
They also have cookies/brownies. The sweet corn cookie was way too sweet. But the chocolate chip cookie was good; it was not nearly as good as my gold standard, which is the semi-sweet chocolate chip cookie from Specialty's cafe; but respectable nonetheless.
The line Friday night was short - a 5 minute wait. They are open until 8 PM; however, there was still a line a 8 PM Friday, so I suspect they will stay open later.
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