Fenton’s Creamery is an Oakland institution that was featured in Pixar’s Up. It’s also the spot your unicorn friend who was “born and raised” here used to frequent on birthdays or casual weeknights for giant banana splits (we recommend getting their one-scoop ice cream sundae). This place doubles as a diner too, so you can order a burger or a crab salad sandwich to go along with your thick milkshake. The dining area can get loud, thanks to all the screaming kids and the really echo-y acoustics. So if that isn’t your thing, get a cup or cone to go, and be prepared to exercise extreme patience. Rain or shine, the take-out ice cream line is out the door.
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