I used to have a crazy sweet tooth. The best part about going to Yogurtland for me was the candy toppings, rather than the yogurt. Not so with shaved snow. At a good shavery, both the toppings and the snow are worthy of devouring.
Blockheads Shavery is located in the thick of Little Osaka, right next to Seoul Sausage. I went there for the first time on a Friday night so the place was packed and the line winded out the door. Luckily I came with the boy and his friend, so I was able to save a seat for us while they waited to place an order.
I definitely enjoyed the green tea – topped with red beans, mochi, and condensed milk.
One bummer was that they were out of their homemade rice cakes which I hear are deliciously chewy. Guess I’ll just have to go back when they’re in stock.
In terms of ordering, you can go through these steps:
Step 1: Choose your flavor of shaved snow. (regular: $3.95/large: $5.45)
Step 2: Pick your toppings ($0.60 each) Not self-serve like most fro-yo places, but there’s a great variety of choices.
Step 3: Drizzles (First drizzle free, each additional drizzle is $0.25).
They also have combo options which are slightly more economical as long as you’re fine with the set flavor pairings.
Here’s a link to their full list of flavor options. Ultimately I’d still recommend Snow LA as my top pick for shaved ice since they make small-batches of snow and don’t use any artificial preservatives (plus they use high grade matcha tea) but Blockheads comes in at a close second.
Pros: Cute penguin decorations on the walls, clean bathroom, great location in the middle of Sawtelle. Their snow has an excellent fluffy texture, not too icy. Definitely want to go back so I can try their seasonal flavors.
Cons: The ice shavers are super loud. It’s cool that they’re out in the open so you can see the milk blocks getting shaved but the trade-off is that you can’t hear the music. There’s also a $5 debit/credit card minimum. Gets crazy busy on weekend nights. Sticky tables. Portions could be bigger.
Los Angeles, CA90025
(They also have locations in Pasadena and Alhambra)