Located at the center area of Grand Central Market, McConnell's was the only ice cream vendor among all. I was here with some friend on a typical Saturday. The wait time was about 20 mins before ordering. All their ice flavors were listed on a board above your head and there were about 12 different kinds. Some of them seemed to have unique combinations, such as Churros Con Leche and Earl Grey Tea & Butter Biscuit. Definitely ask for samples if you're first-timer. The staffs were very friendly and never hesitated to give you good, spoonful amount of ice cream to try out. My favorites were the Eureka Lemon Marionberries and the Earl Grey Butter Biscuit! The two scoops ice cream on cone came out to be around $8, but the excitement and enjoyable moment were priceless. The main parking lot at Grand Central Market can be pricy. Daily Maximum is $25. So park somewhere else nearby (normally $8-10 flat rate) and walk over.
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This new ice cream spot on the corner of Griffith Park Blvd and Hyperion Avenue is a yummy addition to the neighborhood. Notable, tasty flavors and super-friendly staff made this a great Sunday afternoon break from the heat for my son and me. We had the malted milk chocolate, pistachio, Mexican hot chocolate, and sweet cream flavors. My son declared it the best ice cream he has ever had, so I am sure we will be back, even if the treats were a little pricey.
The selection of flavors is a bit limited, but this place is all about the gimmick: their ice cream is churned by peddling a bicycle that's connected to the churn through a series of gears and chains. You can even volunteer to ride the bike in exchange for free ice cream. Though close to some unsavoriness of Skid Row, this is still a very worthy (and tasty) downtown destination.