Best Ice Cream in San Luis obispo County – Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

DocBurnsteinsLogoWhen you’ve lived in one place pretty much your entire life you know the history of all things and how they’ve evolved — both good and bad. The nice thing about the quaint Village of Arroyo Grande is that while things have changed, they’ve mostly stayed the same. And that is true of one of the crown jewels of the Village — Doc Burnstein’s.

When I was a kid there was no bigger treat than an ice cream cone. It was especially exciting when it meant a trip out after dinner or on a warm summer day to an ice cream shop — and my favorite was Burnardoz. For those that remember, Burnardoz was on the corner of Branch and Bridge Streets where Lightning Joe’s Guitar Shop is now. It had a corner door that opened to both streets and a long counter where dozens of hand made choices beckoned.

Years later, Burnardoz moved across the street and then was purchased by a new owner who changed the name but didn’t change that home made, hand made style. In fact it has become a favorite of locals, with the toy train making it’s way around the large space above patrons’ heads and even outside along the front. Servers are warm and friendly. Booths and tables boast marble tops reminiscent of the old soda fountains. They offer everything there is to do with ice cream — banana splits to made-from-scratch soda fountain desserts. They also host parties where tiny visitors can make an ice cream of their own concoction in the “lab” and name it themselves.

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab
114 W. Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Tel. (805) 474-4068
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Among other things Doc Burnstein’s regularly contributes to community events with blood bank drives and nights where a percentage of all sales go to a good cause like Rotary or a local school. The owner and staff understand that they are a part of the fabric of our small community and it shows in all they do.

So next time you are in the Village and taking a stroll, top it off with a cone from Doc Burnstein’s … my son’s favorite flavor is “Birthday Cake” with sprinkles. Mine is the “Caramel Sea Salt.” Whatever you choose, it is the perfect accompaniment to a visit to the Village.

Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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