by M. Byron Trent
You might have driven past this place a million times and never noticed it. It is not located in the most attractive strip mall in town and it is definitely tucked in a corner. But! Once you get inside, you will be transported for a moment’s time to Oaxaca, Mexico where they are serving up perfect paletas (popsicles), ice cream, fresh fruit, juices, agua frescas and sandwiches. Their paletas come in a plethora of tantalizing flavors that tickle your tongue and belly. My kids love this place and so do I! It is truly a gem and I’m not sure why it hasn’t exploded into a chain of franchises…hmmm.
When you are there, don’t forget to do it up Mexican style and sprinkle some chile con limon on your paleta. It’s especially good on the pineapple or cucumber and lime or mango – just go crazy! Last time I was there, I had the hibiscus popsicle which was the most vibrant hue soaked purplish-red you’ve ever seen. It was so cold and perfectly tart and sweet. I wanted to savor my experience with the perfect balance of suck and bite.
Their ice cream is creamy and delicious with unique flavors such as leche quemada (smokey milk) and nance (yellow cherry). But, they also carry other favorites like galleta (cookies and cream), fresa (strawberry) and oh, so much more. Everything is subject to seasonal availability.
Their prices are incredibly reasonable and the fact that you can have that much fresh juice squeezed, a green juice and not pay with a quarter of your paycheck…well, what are you waiting for??? Besides, look at that happy face!
Mateo’s Ice Cream & Fruit Bars 4249 S Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230 310 313 7625 Open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.