The Beach and ice cream go hand in hand like gentrification and a Starbucks. For years, I used to head to Baskin Robbins or Lick’s to get my ice cream fix in the beaches even if it meant eating rock hard freezer burnt stuff. But ever since I’ve discovered Ed’s Real Scoop with it’s excellent hand made ice cream, I haven’t looked back and now realize it’s worth the walk all the way to the other end of Queen street east just to get one of Ed’s really good scoops.
Ed’s is a taste of nostalgia from the old time ice cream parlours right down to the smell of waffle cones being made in the corner by Ed himself. The great thing about Ed’s is if you go everyday, besides having me become envious, you would never find the exact same selection of flavours. Infact on most days you’ll almost always find a new flavour there, and they’re also open to new flavour suggestions.
On this warm summer afternoon, after spending a whole 8 minutes trying to decide on which flavour I wanted (I did narrow it down to 5), I ended up going with the roasted marshmellow flavour for the purposes of writing on site. Why? Because if you’ve ever read my post over at Urban Pill, you’d know that I am in absolute love with the roasted marshmellow flavor from Greg’s Ice Cream in the annex. This gave me a bit of something to draw a bit of a comparison. Though Greg’s marshmellow ice cream will always be my favorite, Ed’s version was pretty darn good on it’s own. Though it did indeed taste like melted marshmellows, it lacked the smokiness of Greg’s version. But what it did have that Greg’s doesn’t is a nice swirl of caramel mixed in.
Although Ed’s beaches shop is a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the Woodbine section of Queen street, it is definitely worth the 5 minute streetcar ride down to the end of the tracks to get a lick or two. There is another one right in the heart of Leslieville also on Queen street between Carlaw and Logan so if the other one is a wee bit out of the way, then hopefully the Leslieville one will be easier to get to.