More Garlic Ice Cream, Please

As I turn older, I care less about having big birthday celebrations. However, I do still love going out for a nice dinner! For my birthday this year, my fiancé took me to The Stinking Rose, a unique restaurant that serves American-Italian cuisine and pays homage to all that is garlic.

Mussels & Shrimp
Mussels & Shrimp

We started off our dinner with Mussels & Shrimp roasted in an iron skillet. The mussels, though slightly overcooked, were tasty and plentiful. Each bite of juicy shrimp dipped in garlic butter was extremely satisfying.

Bone-In Filet Mignon
Bone-In Filet Mignon

With perfect timing, our entrées came out right before we finished the mussels and shrimp. My plate of Bone-In Filet Mignon was nicely seared to a medium rare plus. I loved how my fiancé’s Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib came in a leaner (read: healthier) cut but was still pull-apart tender. My fiancé, on the other hand, does not like his meat so lean and preferred the filet mignon–we ended up switching our entrées with each other! Both entrées came with a side of delicious creamed spinach and creamy garlic yukon gold mashed potatoes.

Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib
Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib

I love it when a restaurant brings out free dessert for a diner’s birthday! Along with some garlic hats to wear for a photo, we were served a large scoop of Gilroy’s Famous Garlic Ice Cream in a martini glass. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised by the taste of the ice cream! The thick, sweet caramel molé sauce was a nice complement to the subtle garlic flavor of the decadent ice cream.

Gilroy's Famous Garlic Ice Cream
Gilroy’s Famous Garlic Ice Cream

My birthday dinner was so decadent and will be remembered for years to come! This was my first time eating at The Stinking Rose, and I plan on dining here again in the future. My fiancé and I left the restaurant with our appetites sated and our mouths smelling of garlic. We almost had dinner here for our first date over four years ago–perhaps it’s a good thing we didn’t!

The Stinking Rose
55 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Price: Entrée, $19.95-$49.95; Dessert, $7.95-$9.95

39 thoughts on “More Garlic Ice Cream, Please

  1. Happy birthday and although the garlic ice cream tag was enticing, it was the picture of the big juicy shrimp that really made me think I must take a closer drool, er, I mean look of course.

    Sounds like three courses made in heaven.

  2. What a meal!!! Oh, yum and you deserve nothing less for your birthday 😀 Tell me more about the ice cream: was it vanilla with a mellow garlic bite? Or all garlic? That sauce must have balanced it nicely. Hoo boy!

  3. A happy belated birthday wish to you. I have had mustard ice cream that was good so I would definitely like to try garlic ice cream with chocolate mole sauce.

    1. Thank you, Karen! Mustard ice cream sounds very interesting–I would normally not think to try it, but after having the garlic ice cream I’m realizing that many odd combinations/flavors can taste good if made well! Will have to look into the mustard ice cream 🙂

  4. Belated happy birthday, Ada. A more intimate birthday celebration is always best, especially when you celebrate it with your loved one; less stress and more time to actually enjoy it. Wow! Garlic ice cream and chocolate. Hmm.. A very Interesting unique flavor combination. Belated best wishes on your birthday. 🙂

  5. OMG Ada. Garlic ice cream?!! O_o; The food looks good, but that’s definitely the first time I’ve heard of garlic ice cream. I have to agree with LFFL. I’m not sure I could try that. But I’m glad you enjoyed your dinner and a nice birthday! 😀 Happy Birthday again~

  6. I’m really curious, garlic ice-cream?I don’t think I can find it here .. Happy Birthday to You! (I’m so late! sorry!) What a particular birthday dinner!

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