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The Penny Ice Creamery

913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
831-204-2523
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Ranked #8 of 325 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Ice Cream
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Ice Cream
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English first
Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Like i said, not my favorite ice cream, but still worth your time if you're downtown. They always have new flavors to try.

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Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

With an ever changing line up of fresh, organic, local ice cream flavors this is the best ice cream in Santa Cruz! The line out the door most evenings would agree! They make their ice cream completely from scratch, starting with the base (a rarity in the ice cream business), and continuing with their locally sourced ingredients, so their flavors... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had fine ice cream here. We loved the flavors, although they were a little limited. Their green tea flavor was not as good as the grocery store brand, even though the base ice cream was clearly fine. Others like the coffee and chocolate varieties. Limited seating, altho the outside seating was pleasant.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

By far the best Ice Cream you have ever eaten, Every thing use in this delicious ice cream is Organic, wonderful texture and price's ( for Organic) There is always a line out the door, that always tells me something, I love this place one block off of Pacific Ave is the main shop there is a outlet on Pacific... More

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inverness
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Gorgeous ice cream, even dairy free chocolate ice cream! Friendly staff, great experience!!! I wish I could take the place home!

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I love the atmosphere of the shop! They have very friendly severs and a line is usually out the door, but it moves quickly & worth the wait!

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This place has only nine flavors each day, but boy are they great. Be ready to wait in line, and be sure to taste flavors before choosing. I had strawberry Pink Peppercorn that was sooooo good. All home made on site. Amazing place!

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Portland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

It is great every time. And the flavors change daily! This is ice cream at its' most creative either in a cone or dish.

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Buckhannon
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15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been traversing the country for the last 2 months and have tried a lot of ice cream. Penny Ice Creamery was ok, but not the best I've had. They had a few interesting flavors and I applaud their approach/values. A caution for gluten free eaters... I mentioned I was GF and asked her to help me avoid any gluten... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Overall it is a really cool, quaint place in a town full of cool, quaint places. The ice cream flavors were inventive and all tasted good however it was not the "best ice cream ever" as one local described it. But top 5? Sure.

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