How many establishments can say they’ve been around for 120 years? Most businesses come and go – but maybe ice cream was the reason this family survived a century and counting. Fentons got its start in 1894. That year, founder Eldridge Seth Fenton poured his own milk from his cows, into his glass containers before delivering to customers in a horse-drawn wagon. It’s not just the history, but the handmade goodness that keeps generations of families coming to this tiny ice cream shop in Oakland, California.
4226 Piedmont Ave
b/t Glenwood Ave & Ridgeway Ave
Piedmont Ave, North Oakland
It USED TO BE a tiny little place.
Fentons was once a very tiny little ice cream shop. It's grown up over the years, and guess what? There's some awesome Disney trivia regarding this adorable ice cream place. Keep reading...
Dozens of flavors to choose from!
Fentons like to work hand in hand with local farmers and healthy non-GMO choices when it comes to creating their phenomenal flavors. It's not often an ice cream parlor has such staying power. They're clearly loved by the masses.
Black & Tan - DELICiOUS!
Hand mixed homemade ice cream. Is there anything like it? When was the last time you sat down with the family and enjoyed nothing but ice cream together?
Any age loves Fentons!
When it comes to Fentons, there are generations of memories being made each year. Both old and young alike can be spotted in a booth or sitting at a table and chatting over one of the best American pastimes of all - eating ice cream!
Rocky Road ice cream...
It's been rumored that the famous flavor, Rocky Road, got its start here. We're not sure exactly where Rocky Road was born but we believe Fentons version is hands down the BEST!
Not a fan of chocolate? Here ya go!
You don't have to be a chocoholic to find something you love to eat here. Ditch the diet and treat yourself to a goof worthy of a diet felony. Go big or go home!
Ice cream? That's NOT all!
This is a restaurant, too. Just in case you're dairy intolerant, you might just want to stick to the onion rings or the many other famous foods here. You have LOTS of choices at Fentons!
Apple Pie A La Mode with Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Take that, Weight Watchers! If we're going to enjoy ourselves it's going to be here. Need to splurge on a "cheat day" when it comes to healthy eating? Put Fentons in your GPS and get here quick!
Do it for the kids.
Having trouble thinking of something AMAZING to do with the kids? Don't give them a freebie...make 'em work for it. Once they've done all their chores or gotten along with their siblings, or brought home a good grade - surprise them. Load them up in the family truckster and drive up here. Then buy one of these.
Crab Sandwich, anyone?
I called my brother, George, when I put this article together. He's a HUGE fan of this place. (Do you hear that, Fenton's!?) He said that his absolute favorite was not only the ice cream, but their crab sandwich. It was a favorite of our mom's so it must be in the genes to know a heavenly crab sandwich when you bite into one. Way to go, little brother!
I'm not sure this is legal.
If ice cream were a felony - Fentons would be convicted! It almost seems unfair to be looking at these sinful concoctions without being able to grab a spoon and dig in, so we hope you do time for this, Fentons! I'm salivating over here!
Fentons is a go-to spot for a birthday party. There are LOTS of them here each week. This ice cream looks almost like the board game "Candyland" exploded. PLUS, Fentons has tours for a small fee. So bring your Brownie troupe, Cub Scout pack or church group. They're waiting to show you around!
If you find yourself arriving in our fair city or before you depart Oakland for your next vacation, make sure to keep your eyes open. Why? Because Fentons has a location in the airport, too! Just in case you miss it while you're in Oakland, the airport was kind enough to give you one last chance. So...don't blow all your money on See's Candy and Boudin's Sour Dough bread. Save a few coins for this amazing treat.
If we haven’t sold you on Fenton’s yet, then here you go. You Disney fans will LOVE THIS: