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Cibele's Ice Cream brings fresh fruit and frozen treats to Menlo Park

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Be it sweet, savory, spicy or sour (or a combination of the above), Cibele's Ice Cream caters to just about any little craving you might have. The team brings flavors from their Mexican hometowns to Menlo Park — "with a little bit of twist."

"We had our traditional corn made with mayo, cheese and chile, but recently the kids have been adding Hot Cheetos on top," says Selene Garcia. "We've tried to keep the tradition, but we want to hear what our customers would like to try."

Corn with mayo, cheese and chile. "Our theme is what our culture is all about, and Hispanic heritage," says Selene Garcia of Cibele's Ice Cream. In Menlo Park, Garcia and her business partner Carlos Peña serve antojitos inspired by their hometowns in Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Selene Garcia)

The eatery is a dream come true for Garcia and her business partner, Carlos Peña. After emigrating from Mexico City and Michoacán respectively, the longtime family friends talked about their ambitions at the dinner table. They researched how to start a business, worked out how to combine their skill sets, saved up their earnings and took out a loan. They secured a space, and opened Cibele's Ice Cream in the spring at 1199 Willow Road, near a laundromat and Back A Yard Caribbean Grill.

"That's a good location because it brings a lot of people," Garcia says. "We wanted to be (near) Facebook, where we could bring in new customers and different ethnicities, and at the same time be near people who were comfortable with our food and what we served...Our theme is what our culture is all about, and Hispanic heritage."

It was a slow start at first, Garcia says. "It was a bit crazy, the pandemic was still going. We were like, 'Is this going to work?'"

But with Garcia taking on social media and the lure of delicious treats fit for summer, customers began to find their way to them. "During the hot months, it's been a strong time for us."

Botana with fresh cut fruit at Cibele's Ice Cream in Menlo Park. (Photo courtesy of Selene Garcia)

It's the first foray into the restaurant business for both Garcia and Peña. Peña previously worked at a grocery store and is now responsible for Cibele's financials. Garcia recently graduated from school and worked as a nurse assistant. Now she focuses on Cibele's presentation, decoration, contracts, permitting and distributor relationships.

This last part is especially key as they focus on getting fresh, natural ingredients for their ice creams. "There's no artificial flavoring, no artificial coloring," Garcia says. "If it's mango, it's actually made out of mangos." Same goes for their other flavors: If it's nanche, it's made out of nanche. If it's guava, it's made out of guava.

Ice creams have been especially popular during the warm summer months, Garcia says, but fresas con crema is another specialty. There are also beautiful botanas with a mix of fresh cut fruit in a pineapple or watermelon, served with tangy chamoy sauce, crisp bites of jicama and a dash of spice. Hot crepes, fresh fruit juice and creamy banana splits are also available.

"If it's mango, it's actually made out of mangos." The Cibele's Ice Cream team serves ice pops with fresh fruit. (Photo courtesy of Selene Garcia)

The Menlo Park shop offers a taste of what's to come. Garcia says they hope to open other locations on the Peninsula.

"We're just starting, so everything is very small, but we have a very big image in mind," Garcia says. "Literally, from scratch paper, it came to something real — an actual place."

Cibele's Ice Cream // 1199 Willow Road, Menlo Park; 650.561.3225

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Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown,
on Aug 23, 2021 at 10:29 am

Nayeli is a registered user.

I've visited this restaurant a couple of times. This is a fantastic little place! Their selection of paletas is wonderful!

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