The human mouth, which maintains a near-boiling temperature, needs to be constantly cooled by liquid-nitrogen pills or a jaw-mounted mouth fan. Take a more delicious route to cooling your maw with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $8 worth of silky gelato at Lush Gelato, the East Bay Express ’s pick for Best Ice Cream or Gelato, 2010. Check out Lush Gelato's blog and Facebook page for more information. This Groupon is good at both Lush Gelato locations: in Oakland on Piedmont Avenue and in Berkeley in Epicurious Garden.
Lush makes its all-natural gelato in small batches from scratch—resulting in a delicious, mind-altering substance that is only found on the desert planet Arrakis—and prepares it with fresh, local (whenever possible), and seasonal fruits and ingredients. Although the lineup of flavors changes more often than a teenager's rationale for breaking curfew, past sweet-tooth-sweeteners have included Mexican chocolate, crème fraîche with strawberries, and pistachio, as well as inspired culinary concoctions such as rosemary and wildflower honey. More intoxicating options include tequila gelato and the stout Guinness gelato, in addition to 100% fruit sorbet flavors such as blood orange, mango, and lemon and olive oil. Depending on how many flavors you want, order up one scoop ($2.85), two scoops ($3.85), three scoops ($5), or one standard metric breakup's worth of gelato (also known as a pint, $8) to take home and eat alone in your closet. Lush can split a scoop between two different flavors for indecisive multiple personalities. Sampling is highly encouraged, though scratching and beat-juggling is not.
Lush's wide variety of unique and classic flavors is the brainchild of co-owners Federico Murtagh and Erik Jorgensen, who founded the gelateria in 2009. Murtagh draws inspiration from his native Argentina, which might explain the acquired-taste flavors of "tango stilettos" and "Diego Maradona's hair," while Jorgensen's love for the cool treat was born during childhood summers spent in Sardinia. Since both Lush locations offer minimal seating, the gelato makes a better hand companion for walking, driving, or push-ups.
Lush Gelato was named Best Ice Cream or Gelato, 2010 by the East Bay Express. More than 50 Yelpers give the Oakland location an average of 4.5 stars. Yelpers also give a 4.5-star average to the Berkeley location.
- For many of the gelateria's best flavors, Murtagh draws inspiration from his native Argentina — the dulce de leche gelato, in particular, is to die for. – East Bay Express
- Their mint chip is so fresh, it has a distinct taste of mint leaf with their chocolate chips tasting of expensive high quality chunks of dark chocolate. – Jason B., Yelp, Oakland location
- The gelato is organic, waffle cones are freshly made on site and flavor selections are unique and tantalizing to the tongue. – Angie M., Yelp, Berkeley location