The newest location of locals’ favourite: “Earnest” ice cream is on Frances street. It is within an industrial area, making them very much so a destination worth travelling out to. A great option for those who drive and are looking to avoid its other congested branches in their more populated areas. With pull up parking and plenty of sidewalk curb to sit on, they are a fine way to satisfy your “Earnest fix” in east Vancouver.
As the only commercial business front on the block, it stands out with its all glass exterior wall. Its trademark swirls and psychedelic ice cream cone decals marks the spot. There isn’t any seating inside, but if you are lucky, can be one of three to claim one of their white folding chairs out front.
As soon as you walk in, you are at the counter. Clearly the goal is to serve a quick revolving door of customers. Like it is with their other locations, the menu is a revolving list of small batch flavours, updated frequently with chalk on black board paper. And you can try as many samples of each as you like. They had a few of their fan favourites available as scoops and in pints, but I was more interested in their seasonal offerings. Like their “strawberry shortcake sundae”, their “sweet cream” flavoured ice cream, and the “fresh basil”. I sampled the latter and found it a refreshing palette cleanser. A great flavour to try as it hits its namesake ingredient to a tee, but not necessarily one I would commit to as scoop in a waffle cone.
Instead we were plenty happy with our fruit focused flavours below. My guest got the “sour cherry goat cheese”. The pairing of the two made for great compliments. Fresh fruit with a sharp and salty cheese. It reminded me of eating yogurt with the tartness and tang, and occasional sweetness, when happening on a whole fruit coated in syrup
I got the “sweet corn blueberry swirl”. I liked the fruit and the additional sweetness and distinct flavour the corn offered. Although, didn’t much prefer the texture of the whole kernels embedded within the folds of frozen cream and blueberry syrup. They were hard and chalky with a gritty texture.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
Another location to enjoy some of their ice cream at. Pretty standard, and as a staple, you know what you are getting. Don’t deny your cravings.