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The Penny Ice Creamery

913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
831-204-2523
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Ranked #7 of 329 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Ice Cream
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Ice Cream
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English first
Carmichael, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We had read good things about this ice cream place so we went in with high hopes. They had some unusual flavors that we were anxious to try, like strawberry pink peppercorn; and the look and feel of the place was inviting. The staff was friendly and quick to offer taste samples. We ordered two double cones so we could... More

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I always tell people to go here when they go to Santa Cruz. The basil ice cream changed me bahaha. The sister restaurant on the main strip is very good too.

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Berkeley, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Used to love this spot, but saw a ghastly expose about even "humane" cow milk and my heart is way to broken to see stolen calf milk (meant for a baby bovine, which is not good for humans) that's been stolen from a calf who's on their way to a veal crate from a chronically impregnated mother cow, just can't... More

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Monterey, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Do I need to say more? They taste like regular cones. Its the only place I've been to in the last five years that has a cone I can eat. Yes their ice cream is amazing and the constantly changing selection makes every visit an adventure and is always worth eating but nothing is quite as good as ice cream... More

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Champlin, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Let's see... homemade ice cream from scratch, local and fresh ingredients, flavors as quirky and fun as the town where it's housed. As the line out the door testifies, this is THE place for ice cream in downtown Santa Cruz! They even have gluten-free waffle cones. The worst thing about going here is deciding which flavor to get! Highly recommend... More

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Alameda, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

We love to stop in after dinner for a cup of richly flavored ice cream. Today's treat was Salted Caramel. Simply the best.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A group of us dropped into Penny Ice Cream on a recent weekend trip to Santa Cruz and everyone from age 20 to age 85 left happy. There are a lot of creative flavors in both ice cream and sorbet. The ingredients were real, local and fresh, they even put Jack Daniels in the whiskey ice cream and you could... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The ice cream flavor selection and the ways to get it made up - reallllly good. Usually a line here - it is worth the wait.

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california
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I love ice cream, frozen yogurt, and anything that comes out of cow frozen...LOL. What I didn't expect was the cool combinations of flavors - beet, balsamic cherry, Jack Daniels and pecan, plus the normal chocolate with sea salt, vanilla, and rich strawberry. The flavors change regularly so my inner ice cream Diva can easily pleased every day of the... More

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Carmel Valley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Well, I am like many other people love ice-cream, but I only eat healthy and homemade meals. So, The Penny Ice Creamery is what I found the best for me! They always offer some unique flavors...Last time I had MUSHROOM ice cream - it was wonderful! You can try sample spoon before you order.

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