Artisan ice cream shops are not difficult to find if you are in San Francisco. Small shops with house made cones. Ice cream made from local ingredients, free of unpronounceable ingredients. But in the East Bay, passed the Caldecott Tunnel, these shops are harder to find, spread across 30 miles of freeway, suburban homes and open fields.
One of these ice cream shops is Lottie's Creamery located in downtown Walnut Creek amidst trendy, local shops. Lottie's is the only micro-creamery in the Bay Area that pasteurizes all their ingredients on site.
The ice cream flavors sound familiar, most of them with an added twist: Mint Brownie instead of the commonly known Mint Chip. Brown Butter Pecan instead of just Butter Pecan. But there is a spash of creativity and seasonality with Chocolate Candied Kumquat or Watermelon Basil Sorbet. The best selling flavor is the Vanilla Salted Almond Toffee, a perfect chorus of sweet and creamy, crunchy and smooth. Try a scoop in a house made cone.
The shop is spacious with a some room to mingle. A built-in bench along the window is the only seating area. Chalk board signs, a colorful cloth bunting along the window, and classic ice cream signage adds to the down-to-earth charm. The interior has that "local creamery" feel with it's pristine white interior and milk bottle decor.
Lottie's is worth the trip into the East Bay: ice cream sandwiches, floats, and brown butter brownie sundaes.
Lottie's is located at 1414 North Main Street in Walnut Creek.