I took waaaaay too long to finally go here.
I spotted this place several weeks ago on my way down State St.
I'm pretty sure I did a double-take when I saw the words "Artisan Shaved Ice" placed on a tiny little building out in front of Mountain West Burrito. Not far down the road I had to pull over and write down "Yuki" so I wouldn't forget to do some research when I got home.
I was so hoping it was what I thought it was.....
It was that and more.
Blackberry & Roza Peach
That's right, made FROM SCRATCH!
Anything that's homemade, housemade, or made from scratch gets my attention pretty quick.
And on shaved ice?
"Here at Yuki, we make everything from scratch. Instead of getting syrups from a box, we use real, fresh ingredients to create our own flavors that are unlike anything you’ve had before!"
Homemade Root Beer
The texture of the ice is incredibly soft and flaky. It literally feels like you're eating snow, and appropriately because "yuki" means "snow" in Japanese.
If you read the menu above, you'll notice that a "snow cap" is free.
That means your shaved ice can come with a drizzle of sweet cream.
I don't see how anyone would NOT get their ice snow capped....
Watermelon & Cantaloupe
The owner and creator, Dan, was inspired by a shaved ice he had at a sit-down restaurant in Japan.
Dan is incredibly nice. Read more about him from this great post from the Heirloom Group.
Nectarine w/ Ice Cream
"When you try our blackberry, you’re tasting actual berries. Our melon syrups were real juicy melons just days ago. Our root beer and cola flavors are brewed fresh from our own special recipes.
In order to keep our product fresh and tasty, we use produce from local farms as much as humanly possible. For that reason, you won’t see some of the more tropical flavors like pineapple and coconut. (Don’t get us wrong - pineapple is a great flavor, but unfortunately Hawaii is not exactly “local”!) " -Yuki Facebook Page
I almost forgot to mention the delightful end of eating one of these....
So you know how when you eat a regular ol' shaved ice, and at the end it's kinda nasty with the watery, way-too-sugary, fake syrup at the bottom? I usually end up pouring mine down a ditch.
You won't want to do this with Yuki Shaved Ice, because at the end, it certainly gets melty, but oh all of sudden it becomes this fresh, creamy, juice that you won't want to waste. Go ahead and drink it up straight from the bowl. It might be my favorite part.
I'm crazy about this place and I'm predicting Yuki can and will be huge.