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My Favourite Ice Cream Shop

Posted by Melissa Yu / Listed on May 16, 2010 / review policy

My Favourite Ice Cream ShopMy Favourite Ice Cream Shop on MacPherson Avenue is just a stone's throw away from Yonge Street. This small ice cream parlour has been serving up sweet and frosty treats to Rosedale families for over 17 years.

Owner Indra Patel sources almost 30 different flavours from Greg's and Denali Ice Cream. Ice cream flavours range from those with classic chocolate and vanilla bases like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Roasted Marshmallow, to more exotic fruit and yogurt-based varieties like Kiwi and Pear Ginger.

My Favourite Ice Cream ShopBefore it became your friendly neighbourhood ice cream parlour, the space was occupied by a cobbler. Indra's family owned a drugstore just next door in the space that is now Patachou. When the cobbler retired, the Patels decided to start a business that Indra could manage on her own, and there was no sweeter choice than ice cream. The small shop can only fit about five or six customers along the counter, but has a minty-green bench next to the window that seats a few, and two big picnic tables outside.

The shop opens and closes with the warm weather, starting in the Spring and going usually until around Halloween, depending on how cold it gets. On my first visit, it's a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon, and there's a constant stream of people, young, old and in between going in and out of the shop, and both of the picnic tables are occupied. My best friend and I each order two scoops in large waffle cones ($5.79). I go for a classic Green Tea topped mighty high with Lemon Meringue, while Marianne goes for Chocolate Mousse Track (a rich chocolate) and Bubblegum, which is a brilliant blue hue.

My Favourite Ice Cream ShopTrue to form, Greg's Green Tea and Lemon Meringue are both deliciously creamy and not at all too sweet as some store-bought ice cream tends to be. As I hurry to catch a shot in the hot afternoon sun, Marianne's ice cream has started to melt from its peak and we eat it quickly in the shade. Her Chocolate is rich and goes surprisingly well with the fruity Bubblegum on top.

My Favourite Ice Cream ShopMy second visit is on a weeknight, and despite the fact that it is significantly colder out, it is still busy. A pair of scooters lean against the exterior of the shop, a curious child stands on her tippy-toes to see inside the container of colourful flavours, and a man rushes in to grab a cone of Pralines and Cream for his wife, who he explains is sitting in their idling car on Macpherson Avenue. This time I try their yogurt options - my friend Adrien orders a cup of Mixed Berry ($3.89) and I go for the Pineapple Coconut, an ice cream flavour I've never tried before. Both are made with frozen fruit that they prepare in-store. Mine resembles a delicious Piña Colada.

My Favourite Ice Cream ShopExtra toppings range from $0.50 to $1.00, and range include sprinkles, hot fudge, crushed Oreo bits, peanuts, whipped cream and more. Customers can also take home ½ litre containers of Denali ice cream for $6.99, Greg's ice cream for $7.99 and frozen yogurt for $9.29.

My Favourite Ice Cream ShopThis story's end is a sad one, for after the first visit and those two sinful scoops of ice cream, I realized I am quite lactose intolerant, so on my second visit I took it easy and brought the remainder of my delicious Pineapple Coconut cone for my roommate. It's a sad day for ice cream lovers and connoisseurs everywhere.

My Favourite Ice Cream Shop is open daily from noon to 9 p.m. All prices include tax. Cash only.

Discussion

25 Comments

gaby / May 17, 2010 at 10:15 am
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This looks amazing! I'm definitely going to check it out on a hot summer day :)
missy / May 17, 2010 at 10:34 am
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who doesn't know of this place. Welcome to Toronto, there are places above bloor st. How could you not know you are lactose, unless of course you not only didn't know this place existed you also have never eaten ice cream before?
Jeff / May 17, 2010 at 10:39 am
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I grew up going there all the time. The only thing is that sometimes if the weather isn't nice they aren't open.

Magda / May 17, 2010 at 11:50 am
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Am I the only person in the world that doesn't like Greg's?!
Robert / May 17, 2010 at 11:57 am
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"It's a sad day for ice cream lovers and connoisseurs everywhere."

Why? Is it because you are lactose intolerant?

If that was my company that you reviewed, and then ended it that way because of your own lactose tolerancy, I'd be confused.
EatMyShorts / May 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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Thanks for not putting the address/contact info while writing this review.
Steve / May 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm
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Man that looks good.

But I've read this story several times and squinted hard at every part of the page, but I still can't find any mention of the address. What's the address? Is it east or west of Yonge?



Andrew / May 17, 2010 at 01:03 pm
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googlemaps streetview shows it's right at the intersection. i think south west corner? but yea, addresses would've helped
Beleaf09 / May 17, 2010 at 01:06 pm
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The address is under "Location and Contact Details" on the right bar at the top, with a nice little google map.
Steve replying to a comment from Beleaf09 / May 17, 2010 at 01:10 pm
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Interesting. That map was not there when I read this story moments ago. In fact, knowing that BlogTO uses Google Maps, I specifically looked for it. It wasn't there.
Beleaf09 replying to a comment from Steve / May 17, 2010 at 01:22 pm
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Must have been a late addition. Either way, can't wait to try this place!
Loper Martos / May 17, 2010 at 03:48 pm
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Why would we care that you have a boyfriend?
Allen replying to a comment from Magda / May 17, 2010 at 04:53 pm
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I can't believe you don't like Greg's! What don't you like about it? Too sweet? Have you tried their Cardamom Ice Cream? It's the bomb.
Elizabeth / May 18, 2010 at 10:16 am
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I used to live in a building on Yonge Street nearby this place. The day we moved in was the day of the big power failure in the northeast US/Canada. That night, after moving most of our stuff in to the new place, we sat on the roof and watched people walking home up Yonge Street. We also saw people lining up for ice cream. Considering that there was NO POWER and the ice cream was melting, I thought maybe the ice cream would be free or be sold a a reduced cost, but no! Scoops were super expensive! And half melted! I paid that night but never went back to this place all the time that I lived steps away from it because I was annoyed with them!
Jamies replying to a comment from Elizabeth / May 18, 2010 at 10:21 am
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Wow. It's interesting that you lived in the area but have such an issue with supporting local businesses. Clearly they capitalized on a situation and were able to turn a profit by selling their product that otherwise would have been wasted.

Were scoops really "super expensive", as in they charged more than usual?

I think that's kind of unreasonable to think that they'd be giving them away.
Kae / May 18, 2010 at 10:51 am
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Dont be so tight - "Super Expensive" my arse!
Samiksha / May 18, 2010 at 05:36 pm
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I first went to this ice cream shop when I first visited Toronto in 1998. It's still my favourite - I live in London ...UK!!
Marc / May 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm
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The ice-cream shops here, Toronto, don't come close to Bilboquet in Outremont, the prices here are stupid for the same dreck ingredients.
Prem / May 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm
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Looks good, would they happen to have Pralines ice cream?
if not, what's the best?
KImberly replying to a comment from Magda / May 31, 2010 at 07:22 pm
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Yeah Magda, you are the only person who doesn't like Greg's.

I will have to try this place out!
Mike replying to a comment from Prem / June 13, 2010 at 05:17 pm
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@Prem - my favorite flavor is burnt marshmallow. This place is great!
jay replying to a comment from Elizabeth / September 21, 2010 at 06:59 pm
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Elizabeth / MAY 18, 2010 AT 10:16 AM. Really shocked that you wanted ICECREAM free !!! I hope you did not asked your land lord to give you free rent for that month because of power failure.What a brag!! whu do people look or bag free food.Go to food bank or do not eat if you cannot afford.
Bu Sharqee Naseeh / January 15, 2011 at 09:51 am
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can any one please let me know how to make that waffle mix for making ice cream cone ???
Jay Reno replying to a comment from Elizabeth / July 10, 2011 at 02:59 pm
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@Elizabeth - You're obviousley too tight to part with a bit of cash.
I take it you did'nt offer the contents of your fridge/freezer to anyone? Tight fisted bint!
Alex replying to a comment from Allen / December 21, 2012 at 09:18 pm
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I don't like Greg's either. Just nothing special about it to me: I could (and do) make better with the Cuisinart ice cream maker in my kitchen. I think all the hype made it a big let down for me.

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