I went to Tucker’s for a solo trip before meeting up with a friend in Alameda. Tucker’s is another old Bay Area creamery, and seems to be Alameda’s ice cream pride and joy. The only other time I have been there was years ago on a Friday night, and the line was out the door. This is especially impressive given how big their shop is.
I have to admit, I did suffer a bit from sticker shock when I arrived. A single scoop in a bowl was $3.85 with tax. That’s higher than the price of Ici’s ice cream, and as I’ve mentioned, that’s the best stuff on earth. If the single scoop was huge, I may have let this one slide, but it was just a plain old, not very big scoop of ice cream.
I tried their Zinfandel and the Mocha Chip, and went with the latter, not because the Zin was bad, but because although my interest was piqued enough to give it a shot, I’m actually not a wine person.
The Ice Cream:
Zinfandel: If I was a wine person, I would be in love with this flavor. It was actually a bit lighter than the ice cream I would expect from an older creamery. The only downside, it that it really tasted like wine, and as I said, I’m just not that guy. I drink wine at Passover, and that pretty much does it for me for the year. If you are a wine lover, though, I highly recommend this flavor.
Mocha Chip: I wasn’t bowled over by my little bowl of Mocha Chip ice cream, though getting it in the old glass flower-like ice cream bowl and eating it on a marble table did add to the experience. The ice cream was nice and smooth, and had thick, old school ice cream flavor. As well it should - Tucker’s full name is “Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream!” Additionally, they don’t skimp on the chips. They use good thick hunks of dark chocolate, which were chunky enough for a satisfying bite down, but not overly frozen to the point of tooth breakage.
Tucker’s does feel like a good old ice cream shop, and has some features that make it unique. They have a a bit of a Mediterranean beachy feel, with their white walls, arches and mosaics, and the textured brick-ish tile floor makes it feel cool inside.
Go to Tucker’s for:
Wine ice cream, nostalgia
Don’t go to Tucker’s for: