Downtown Los Angeles is getting lots of press for its rash of chic downtown eateries. But we?re most excited about a humble treat that?s giving us childhood flashbacks.
Sweet Clementine?s Popsicles is a one-woman operation that turns out fruit-packed ice pops ($3) that get our vote for 2013?s best dessert. Layne Eiler, a tall blonde foodie who used to work as a barista at Intelligentsia, churns out the frozen little wands from a pastel cart outside DTLA?s Grand Central Market. Like any good chef, Eiler changes her menu daily--when we visited, we tried the pleasantly spicy mango and chile, the intensely sweet strawberry and basil and, our favorite, the refreshing honeydew.
Eiler?s a girl after our own heart: She doesn?t like big, filling desserts, so she makes her treats in 1.5-ounce sizes. These ice pops are her Proustian madeleine, inspired by the ice-cream truck that tooled through her girlhood neighborhood in Arcadia. But Eiler?s treats are healthy, made without the high-fructose corn syrup of mass-made frozen desserts.
She serves about 80 pops a day with her henna-tattooed hands. Here?s to Eiler for giving us a kiddie delight in the middle of our grown-up workday.
Sweet Clementine?s Popsicles at Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway; sweetclementinespops.com