With summer weather finally hitting Southern California this past weekend, the last thing I want to do was spend it in a kitchen over a hot stove. Consuming hot, steaming food seems less appealing, so the next option? Shave ice. It instantly cools the body and — if you’re not careful — can give a serious case of brain freeze.
If you ever see “shaved ice” it’s wrong wrong WRONG. It must be “shave ice” for the authentic stuff. But where do we go for authentic shave ice in Hillcrest? A donut shop, of course.
Donut Star is our local donut shop. It was originally owned by a young couple but recently changed hands and is now run by an Asian family. The new owners have expanded the selection from just donuts, bagels to croissants to also include boba drinks and shave ice.
Donut Star offers up to three flavors for a shave ice. Our favorite flavors are cherry, piña colada and blue raspberry. Where blue raspberry is available in nature, I do not know. But it’s pretty when included with the red and yellow. Unfortunately, the grape flavor for this shave ice was an unappetizing inky gray.
A large shave ice for $2.99 is a cheap alternative to air conditioning. Now bring on fall weather!
601 West Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103