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“CLOSED!!”
Review of Big Olaf's

Big Olaf's
Ranked #5 of 6 Dessert in Avalon
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

They have been run out of business by Scoops. Very sad. Everyone used to go to Big Olaf's. It was a rite of passage for the kids to walk there alone without the parents. No more!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is my favorite place on Catalina. I always include Olaf's at least once every trip. In the summer, Olaf's is one busy place. They offer those big sugar cones and enough ice cream flavors to keep everyone happy. We are going to Catalina next week and Olaf's is my first stop on the way to the hotel!

Thank razzwho1
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

We had an ice cream from big Olaf since it was the only place with no line. The cone was delicious he actual ice cream was ok, nothing special.
It is only cash store. No credit card

Thank Hany G
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Big Olaf's has many things going for them - quality ice cream, ideal location, and the sea breeze wafting the delicious smell of waffle cones around the crescent area.

Despite all of these things, I was quite disappointed once I stepped in the door during our recent visit. Here were the glaring problems we witnessed:
- The place is in serious need of a deep cleaning. Surfaces were sticky and there was a general feeling that it had not been cleaned in a long time.
- The menu offerings/prices are hard to figure out on the hanging boards. Having a easier to read menu board would help expedite the line.
- The cones were in a large trash bag on the back shelf. No matter what cone desired (sugar, cake, or waffle), the employee reached into this bag to grab a cone out to use. It was full of broken pieces and looked like it actually was trash. Any other type of storage container would have looked better - even a plastic bin.
- The employees were harsh and impatient, even though we were there on a very quiet Thursday afternoon.

It was sad to experience a place we've been going to for over 20 years in such a negative light. With just a little bit more care, Big Olaf's could be nice again.

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Thank Kathleen L
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Beware though, this place can get crowded! Once you've tried their delicious ice cream you'll know why! Get a couple of scoops on a waffle cone or even in a cup, super rich ice cream in lots of flavors and even when crowded the line moves fairly quickly. Just a small shop where only a few people at a time can fit inside but you won't be eating inside anyway. Take away your frosty treat and eat it either walking up and down the boardwalk or sitting near the sea wall.
Fun for the whole family!

Thank fyremaven
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