To accompany the glorious weather and stroll through downtown San Luis Obispo, you need a sweet treat. Here are a few places to enjoy unique desserts.
How do fresh cookies and ice cream sound? The downtown San Luis Obispo “hole in the wall” business, Batch, sells make-your-own old fashioned ice cream sandwiches.
The smell of cookies takes over your taste buds as soon as you walk in and the small layout gives a homemade feel.
Start by choosing a cookie and a flavor of ice cream. The batch of cookies made varies from week to week. This week’s were:
- chocolate chip
- peanut butter,
- gluten free fudge
As for ice cream, they offer
- chocolate chip
- Irish cream
- pomegranate & lemon sorbet
To top of your sandwich you can add mini chocolate chips, crushed malt balls, rainbow sprinkles, mini marshmallows, nuts, potato chips, pretzels, or toffee.
If you’re overwhelmed by the choices, Batch employee, Amber, recommends having chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream or oatmeal with strawberry ice cream.
Ice cream sandwiches are $4.00, cookies and milk is $3.50, a root beer float is $3.50, a dozen cookies is $6, and a single cookie is 75¢. They are open everyday at 12 pm and close from Thurs. to Sat. at 10 pm, the rest of the days at 9 pm.
They are located at 1108 Broad St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
Peanut butter and chocolate ice cream sandwich from Batch. Picture taken by Ilianna Salas.
Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab
For a more traditional but edgy ice cream shop, Doc Burnstein’s is the place to be.
Also located in downtown SLO, Burnstein’s makes more than 20 interesting flavors. Ranging from the classic vanilla and chocolate to original flavors from the lab such as Cookie D’oh, Coffee Toffee, and lemon meringue pie.
For the adults, Burnstein’s has flavors like Motor Oil which is a combination of dark chocolate, fudge, and Kahlua. Their Jack Daniel’s flavor tastes just like the liquor and has about a shot per tub.
For St. Patty’s Day, Burnstein’s makes their original Guinness Beer ice cream, for the Christmas season, Reindeer Droppings, and for the 4th of July, Red, White, and Blueberry
Some of their most popular flavors are birthday cake and sea salt caramel, highly recommended by Burnstein’s worker, Kristen, for the first time visitor.
You can order, shakes, malts, root beer floats, and sundaes.
Scoops start at $3 for a mini, $4 for a single, and $5 for a double.
They are open every day at 12 pm and close at 10 pm except for Friday and Saturday, 11 pm.
860 Higuera Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
SloCo Pasty CO.
This downtown SLO restaurant is famous for its pasties. What exactly is a pasty? Simply put by the company, “A pasty (pronounced PASS-tee) is a full meal of your favorite foods wrapped and baked in a delicious pastry crust.”
The pasties are in the shape of a semi-circle and look like a miniature Italian Calzone. They are freshly baked and served hot out of the oven.
Their traditional pasties are filled with steak, ground beef, pork sausage, pork loin, or chicken. The SloCo original pasties have pork loin, chciken curry, tri tip, or marinated chicken. Pasties for the veggie lover are also available.
This post is going to focus on the dessert pasties.
SloCo has four delicious options: Apple Pie, Caramel Apple Cheesake, Cookie Dough & Nutella, and a combination of Nutella, strawberries, & bananas.
The Apple Pie pasty is filled to the brim with large chunks of apples and cinnamon. It is the most popular and recommended for the first time visitor.
The dessert pasties are about $5 and you can add a scoop of ice cream for $1.50.
SloCo is located at 1032 Chorro St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
They are open everyday at 11 am and close at 9 pm except for Friday and Saturday, 11 pm.
SloCo Apple Pie pasty. Picture taken by Ilianna Salas