It may only be March, but if you need a reminder: summer’s coming.

Sure we have a few months before jackets and sweat pants turn into crop tops and short shorts, but until then the best way to get in the mood for the hottest of the four seasons is with soft serve ice cream! To get my pre-summer fix I had to stop by a unique shop that has been garnering a great deal of attention since it opened. Serving local, fresh, handmade, and organic soft service ice cream that has creative flavors such as charcoal and a cone by the same taste, the shop has been popping up on Instagram for all the right and delicious reasons. With a growing appetite and little patience I found myself at Little Damage in Downtown LA.

The shop is seriously popular.

I got to Little Damage fairly early on a Sunday morning and there was already a line. Maybe everyone had the same idea as I did and wanted ice cream after church. Whatever the reason, I had to wait but I didn’t mind. Standing in the line that was moving relatively quickly gave me the chance to look around the store. Although it’s small in size, the owners made creative use of the space. The black, gray, and white color palette was spread throughout the shop on tiles, chairs, and small figurines. Creative messages were fixed to the walls with pops of red in lights. And should you forget where you were, the shop had friendly reminders of the business name in hashtags—a great way for you to connect with them online.

Looking over the menu, the shop had four flavors in rotation on my visit: Almond Charcoal, Just Beet It, Plain Jane, and Vegan Mango Sticky Rice ($6). Standing in line gave me the chance to decide which flavors to get. I knew I wanted my soft serve on the Charcoal Cone ($1) and quickly came to the conclusion that I would get two cones with a single flavor on each. Why cut myself short from enjoying a flavor to the fullest by splitting two flavors on one cone when I didn’t have to. I let my gluttony take reign and got a cone of almond charcoal and a second of just beet it. To take in the full Little Damage experience, I took advantage of the free first topping (.30 cents for additional toppings and .50 cents for popcorn topping). I had Oreo’s on the almond charcoal cone and coconut shavings on the just beet it cone.

The moment the cones were handed to me, I was basically a little kid!

The first cone that I tried was, of course, the almond charcoal. Within a few licks it was clear that the flavor was delicious! The almond was a prominent accent within the incredibly smooth and cold soft serve. The charcoal flavor came through subtly and offered a deep richness that lingered long after the ice cream was gone. What I loved about the flavor was that there wasn’t any gritty taste that you would assume would be present when you hear “charcoal” in the name. The moment I hit the cone, I loved how it tasted! The cone is different from the regular ones you’ve probably had and is simply a great alternative to enjoy. It tasted dark, deep, and it was strong in flavor meaning it only enhanced the ice cream flavor you ordered! And how could I forget, the Oreo toppings gave a friendly crunch and texture to the cone. From top to bottom, I adored taking in my first almond charcoal experience!

As sad as I was to see the almond charcoal cone disappear to my stomach, I was glad to have the just beet it to follow  behind it. The same delicious charcoal cone that I had prior made a second appearance here with the beet flavor. As I tasted it, it was clear that the soft serve was true to the vegetable. While it was sweeter and creamier than what you taste when you eat the vegetable as it comes from the ground, I could still taste notes of the strong and sometimes bitter vegetable. Except here, it was much more desirable and the coconut shavings only helped. Sure there probably wasn’t as much (or any) of the nutritious benefits that you would get from beets should it be served originally, but I don’t mind pretending.

Summer may be right around the corner but until the heat comes in with full force, it is perfectly fine to get the summer feel going with some delicious soft serve. If you’re looking for a great take on soft serve ice cream and a cone unlike any other you’ve had before, Little Damage is the place to go that will have you coming back for more!

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Address: 700 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 628-3443
Hours: Daily – 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Social: Website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Customer Service10
Pro Eats
  • Food tastes great
  • Friendly staff
Con Eats
  • Can get crowded
  • Structure or street parking only
8.1Overall Score
Reader Rating: (7 Votes)

20 Responses

  1. shaunawlkr79

    OMGOODNESS! yummy! We are big ice cream eaters and that just looks mouth watering.

  2. emmaeatsandexplores

    Wow – definitely instagram worthy Ice Creams – they’re a piece of art and I almost wouldn’t want to eat it! So beautiful but they look so delicious too!

  3. Tamika

    Now, I have a place to visit when I come to LA. They beet ice cream looks delicious but I hope they have a different cone then charcoal.

  4. Stella Asteria

    These look so yummy Danielle! I have been seeing charcoal cakes, ice creams and desserts so much lately that I really want to try it! Ah you have become the major reason I want to visit LA! When we do, I will make a list of my favourite places you have recommended and visit them one by one! You are such a bad influence for my silhouette haha! Thanks for sharing hon, I will let you know once I have a charcoal dessert! 😀

    • Danielle N. Salmon
      Danielle N. Salmon

      I haven’t tried charcoal cakes before but if its anything like ice cream then I’m all for it! I love that you guys are even thinking and playing around with the idea of coming to LA because its so fun out here. You would totally love it and would find so many great photo opportunities and great moments to show off all your great outfits! While you’re doing that, there will be some incredible places to eat and I’m sure they won’t do too too much damage on your silhouette =]

  5. danay

    Another friend was raving abut this place. That almond charcoal looks like it’s right up my alley.

  6. missreverie

    Yummy, hahah, the comment about everyone going there to have ice cream after church got me LOL-ing. You’re priceless. And those ice creams are so pretty, I’m glad to know they’re tasty too! 😀 x


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