SNO. In L.A.
Nor do we mean the kind of "snow" we oftentimes suspect this city runs on (although, the kind we're talking about might prove to be equally addictive).
Nor do we mean the fake kind they sh*t-- errr... "sprinkle" all over The Grove every December that ends up wrecking your cashmere sweater.
Not even the kind that gets a sorority banned from rush week and results in its slowly devolving into "the fat house." True. Same kind as aforementioned city fuel.
We mean SNOBAR SNO, the exquisite, palate-pleasing, shaved ice confection now being served up at a boutique dessertery right smack dab in the thick of West Hollywood (you know, that strip where the crosswalks make you feel like you're living in Frogger).
If shaved ice conjures nightmarish childhood memories of purple-stained tongues, and brain freezes, and tooth pain, and wax-covered paper cones leaking sticky sadness down your arm, then SNOBAR will straight up Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind your snow cone associations. SNO is definitely not your grandpa's shaved ice (unless your grandpa drinks a lot of frozen Margaritas… but more on that later).
So what is it? Instead of pouring syrup over dentist-enraging ground ice, SNO, according to the company website, "uses purified water infused with flavoring before it is flash-frozen," then they shave it to order with a fancy machine that resembles something Rumpelstiltskin could probably jerry-rig to spin gold. The result is a texture that has been compared to cold cotton candy. Think of it like delectable ribbons of icy lace that melt in your mouth. What's more, SNO is available in a tantalizing span of rotating flavors (and they'll let you sample any of them).
Fun fact, every Monday night, SNOBAR holds an "all the SNO you can eat!" bonanza for $6 (with email RSVP). Funner fact, the company also has a catering service so you can have SNO at your event! Funnest fact, for those catered events, they'll even toss some booze into the mix on your request. That's right. Kahlua chocolate SNO. Mango margarita SNO. Et cetera, et cetera, pass out… call Grandpa.
•WHAT: Shaved ice v.2.0
•WHERE: SNOBAR, 8717 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069
•WHEN: Open daily, 12 noon to 12 midnight
•$$$: $4 - $6