Having the key advantage in being a long walk or short bus ride from my place, Earnest Ice Cream is great to have in the neighborhood, especially now that we’re actually seeing the sun for multiple days in a row! Walking in, I’m sorry in a way I didn’t take pictures, but in another way, they’re entirely unnecessary. Earnest looks like every single other gourmet/artisan ice cream shop in existence. Cute art on the walls, white walls with lightly distressed wood trim, counter w/ adorable little tasting spoons and a pot with "dirty spoons ’ (complete with smileyface) on it. It’s like they just cloned Salt 'n Straw or Carmela’s. This has nothing at all to do with the icecvream, but not only the layout of the place (which is pretty optimal given the business) but the similarity in feel struck me. The ice cream shops all look alike the same way ramen joints all look alike. But I digress…
That right there is a double scoop of ‘Serious Chocolate’ topped by a scoop of ‘Salted Caramel’. Good stuff. The chocolate is, indeed, serious, not being too sweet, and tasting like a nice, deep, well balanced chocolate. The Salted Caramel was ok, though I think Carmela’s was superior. What I got a taste spoon of, that I will definitely go back for, is their ‘Spruce Bud’.
They get the tips of spruce branches and infuse them into the milk for the ice cream, and the result is… fascinating. It’s a little nutty, but still has this ‘green’ quality to it. I’ve never encountered that particular flavor before, so I’m very anxious to give it another go.
And also worth a mention: that cone above? They pack it with ice cream. No hollow cones here.
They have two locations, one on Fraser (where I went) and other farther north on Quebec. Each location features different flavors of the day. London Fog appears to be popular (bergamot) as does Matcha.
Another point of interest is several vegan options offered in both locations. My feelings on vegan ice cream are, I think, well known by this point, but I do not begrudge others their own petty idiosyncrasies.
They are conveniently located next to Batard Bakery, which makes a lovely, earthy french levian which absolutely earns it’s ‘sourdough’ name. Tangy off the charts. This corner will doubtless become too frequent a visit on a nice weekend morning.