Escondido’s EscoGelato was just voted Best Ice Cream Shop of 2016 by the San Diego A-List on May 19. There must be a reason. We decided to find out.
If you’re a Cruisin’ Grand fan, you probably already know about EscoGelato, located at 122 South Kalmia in pedestrian-friendly downtown Escondido. Just a half-block off Grand Avenue, EscoGelato is a family-friendly creamery offering gelato and sorbet featuring fresh fruit from local growers.
Owner Suzanne Schaffner’s vision was to create a community-friendly place for families to congregate. “I grew up in Escondido and have a great love for food and hospitality. After living inEurope and falling in love with gelato and café culture, the gelateria has been a dream come true for me.”
Today, as owner of EscoGelato, she is pursuing that dream by serving up gelato and sorbet made fresh daily and using local ingredients. “Each day we have 18 different flavors and the menu changes daily,” Schaffner notes. Aside from standard flavors like chocolate gelato and lemon sorbet (must-haves for loyal customers), she experiments with unique flavors based on seasonable availability and sometimes exotic culinary combinations.
“I am passionate about using quality ingredients and the ‘awesomeness’ you can create when using in-season, localproduce at the peak of its ripeness,” Schaffner explains. A Girl Scout for 18 years, in March she makes thin mint gelato as a show of support for Girl Scout Cookies. But normally, most of Schaffner’s inspiration comes from the weekly Escondido Farmers Market, just a half block north on Grand Avenue.
In addition to frozen offerings, the menu at EscoGelato includes coffee from Zumbar, as well as panini and salads featuring Stehly avocados, Archie’s Acres basil and local greens from BeWise Ranch.
122 South Kalmia St. • Escondido, CA 92025
760-745-6500 • escogelato.com
Open daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m. • Weekends 9 a.m.-9 p.m.