The shop itself is easy to miss, as the outside only shows a modest sign reading "Ice Cream", but the black and white, bold, contemporary style interior combined with loud, upbeat music is very lively. Just look for a crowd of people between Hallmark and Pick Up Sticks. I came on a Sunday afternoon and waited only a few minutes, but was told the wait can be extremely long at times.
The prices are a tad more expensive than a trip to Yogurtland or Baskin Robins, but aren't too bad either. A milky bun is $5, and regular old-fashioned scoops of ice cream range from $3.50 to $6.
The ice cream flavors were far from ordinary. Popular choices include cookie butter (which is modeled after the spread from Trader Joe's, another must-try), milk and cereal, jasmine milk tea, and almond cookie. My personal favorite was cookie monster, an intimidating bright blue color with swirls of cookies, very closely resembling the Sesame Street character. You'll get more ice cream in the regular scoops than you will in a milky bun, so if you really want to enjoy the unique flavors, get a cone or cup.
On the other hand, if you enjoy the creatively artery-clogging desserts like those from the OC Fair, you've got to get a milky bun. The famous milky bun includes a free topping, like Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms, or chocolate chips. Additional toppings are $0.50, but I wouldn't recommend anymore more than one unless you want a sugar-induced coma. You can choose between a glazed or unglazed bun as well. The bun is heated up too so the ice cream melts into it, so beware of a lot of dripping.
I understand why the die-hard sugar fanatics rave over the milky bun, but it personally wasn't for me. The ice cream and bun were both delicious, but the combination of the two was way too sweet for my taste, even in my unglazed, no-topping version.
I'll definitely be back, but I think a single scoop in a cup will satisfy my sweet tooth just fine.