Neveria Flor de Mexico Offers a Treatise on Icy Treats

[SUMMER GUIDE] Where to go this summer for frozen fun you can eat

Joe's sits in a lonely hut on its own tiny lot, along a dark stretch of road just outside the border of Disneyland's tourist enclave. In the night, the luminous stand looks like something straight out of an Edward Hopper painting, a refuge for the desolate. Its specialty is authentic Philly-style water ice in permutations too numerous to recount but include those named Razzamatazz and Bananadana. Made in the store with fruit and just the right dosage of sugar and food coloring, the best way to consume it is as a Joe-Latti. A waxed-paper cup is filled by teenage employees with the Italian ice of your choosing, then topped with a dollop of a rich, soft-serve vanilla ice cream of an ultra-dense, calorically concentrated East Coast character. Unfortunately, city officials recently announced they are going ahead with plans to relocate Joe's to make way for another hotel complex, so get the full experience while you can: This may be the last summer it'll be at its current home. 12302 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 750-1076;

A common misconception is that snow ice is the same as shave ice. It isn't. Snow ice starts as a block of frozen milk; it's then milled to ribbons at once fluffy, airy and absent ice's granular crunch. The beloved Taiwanese invention forms a soft landing for a myriad of sugary beans, peanuts, fudge and fruit. In Balcony Grill & Bar's rendition, the flavor comes when these ingredients are piled on in vast quantities to form a mountain of a dessert designed for sharing. Sherpas are not required, but as your mouth numbs from the coldness, frostbite isn't farfetched. 2710 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 215, Irvine, (949) 387-0888;

Paletas for your palate
Todd Barnes
Paletas for your palate
Get your Joe-Latti while  you can
Todd Barnes
Get your Joe-Latti while you can

Location Info


Pinoy Pam's Best

23635 El Toro Road, Ste. G
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Lake Forest

Neveria La Flor De Mexico

7151 Katella Ave.
Stanton, CA 90680

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Stanton

Paris Baguette

8899 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Garden Grove

Tropical Shave Ice Truck

Follow them at
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Restaurant > Specialties

Region: Fullerton

Stricklands Ice Cream

4523 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Restaurant > Ice Cream

Region: Irvine

Joe's Italian Ice

12302 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Ice Cream

Region: Garden Grove

The Balcony Grill and Bar

2710 Alton Parkway, Ste. 215
Irvine, CA 92606

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Irvine

This article appeared in print as "A Treatise On Icy Treats: Where to go this summer for frozen fun you can eat."

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