Cool off at Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab now has three Central Coast locations.

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab now has three Central Coast locations.

A visit to the Central Coast just isn’t complete without a visit to Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab. With three locations to satisfy the ice cream cravings of locals and visitors, this dynamic, delicious and delightful trio of ice cream parlors offers just the right blend of yummy goodness.

New location in SLO

Downtown San Luis Obispo is the perfect location for Doc’s new “Ice Cream Wonderland.” Once inside, guests are transported into the fun and whimsical Lab of the Doc himself – the zany, white-haired Einstein-like cartoon character from the business logo. Bright colors light up the wall of ice cream flavors, and an ice cream waterfall cascades to the floor – guests find themselves in a Willy Wonka-like place, but there is no licking the ice cream on these walls.

The Doc Burnstein’s signature train makes its rounds as visitors proceed toward the floor-to-ceiling window that looks into Doc’s Ice Cream Lab – that’s where the ice cream magic happens as Doc’s delicious and wacky ingredients float through the air and into the ice cream machine, awaiting the taste buds on the other side.

Arroyo Grande historic site

The original ice cream parlor has been a mainstay in the Village of Arroyo Grande for decades. The staff at the authentic, turn-of-the-last-century parlor makes their own ice cream inside a 100-year-old historic building.

Enjoy the delicious ice cream served in glassware while delighting at the model train circling the parlor. For a truly memorable experience, join the Ice Cream Lab Show every Wednesday at 7 p.m.; learn the history of ice cream and invent a brand new flavor.

Visit Old Orcutt shop

Although the Old Orcutt location is a smaller than the other two shops, this nostalgic parlor boasts that same key ingredient – serving up endless variations of delectable ice cream in glassware, just like the Arroyo Grande shop without the Lab Show. Stop by and check out this wee-bit-smaller parlor with its bigger-than-average servings of delicious delights.

Flavors galore

The most difficult part of a visit to Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab? Deciding on a flavor. Will it be Motor Oil, Doc’s Java or Sea Salt Caramel?  Maybe Merlot Raspberry Truffle or Birthday Cake? Whatever flavors you decide upon, the visit is sure to be a one-of-a-kind ice cream experience filled with memories to last a lifetime – although most guests keep coming back for more! Grab your camera, flash a smile, and say “ice cream” at Doc Burnstein’s.

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab is located at 114 W. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande; (805) 474-4068; open Sunday-Thursday, Noon – 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Friday & Saturday. In downtown San Luis Obispo, stop by 860 Higuera St.; (805) 474-4068; open Sunday-Thursday, Noon – 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and at 168 W. Clark Ave. The Old Orcutt  location is open Monday-Friday, 2 – 10 p.m. and Sunday-Thursday, Noon – 9 p.m. Check out for more information.

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