The Dolly Llama Waffle Masters.
On the corner of 3rd and Western, an intersection that many Angelenos pass through, is a historic building in Koreatown which has recently been restored and brought back to life. The Alvin C. Selig building, a black and gold glazed terra cotta masterpiece was built in 1931 and designed by Arthur E Harvey, a well-respected Los Angeles based architect, also famously known for buildings such as the Wilshire Professional Building, the Villa Carlotta (also recently renovated) and the Chateau Elysee Hotel. Designed with the Stuart Hall Clothing company in mind to occupy a large portion of the corner, its rounded floor-to-ceiling glass corner windows attracted a wide array of customers and was once a beautiful jewel at the corner. In the first few years, the department store flourished with high end clothing and shoes. However, partially due to the Great Depression, this department store ended up closing its doors around 1936. Within one year, Citizens National Bank took over the property and completely renovated the interior and exterior facade of the building to fit a more bank-like standard. As safety and security were the bank’s main concern, the eye-catching corner windows were replaced with square glass blocks and storefronts were eventually closed off. Although this made sense for the new bank, the appearance of the building was changed drastically. The building remained a bank until the early 80’s and since then, has been occupied by temporary businesses that have come and gone. As the years have passed, this beautiful, historic gem was left vacant, abandoned and neglected….until now!
When visiting The Dolly Llama, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the amount of toppings, sauces and ice cream flavors when building your waffle creation. Once stepping foot into the shop customers are initially captivated by the beautiful and fun decor and are invited to choose from one of their signature bubble waffles or are given the opportunity to build a variety of different waffles in a few simple steps:
Step 1: Select Your Waffle Style
OG Waffle – Waffle Stick – Bubble Waffle – Baby Waffle
Step 2: Get Saucy (Choose from a selection of sauces)
Nutella, Maple Syrup, Peanut Butter, Caramel, White Chocolate Matcha, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Speculoos, Red Berry, Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate
Step 3: Top It Off (Top off your Waffle)
Strawberries, Bananas, Raspberries, Blueberries, Pineapple, Mango, Almonds, Coconut Shavings, Gummy Bears, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, Graham Crackers, Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Chips, Circus Animal Cookies, Kinder Chocolate Bar, Maltesers Malt Balls, Oreo, M&M’s, Reese’s Cups, Snickers, Sprinkles, Marshmallows, Brownie, Pretzel Balls, and Popcorn
Ice Cream is included with the Bubble Waffle and flavors include Vanilla, Chocolate, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Cookie Monster, Horchata, Green Tea and Coffee.
Signature Dolly Llama Shakes include the infamous The Dolly Llama made with Cookie Monster ice cream, whole milk, cocoa puffs, whipped cream, and sprinkled with M&M’s and topped with a Kinder Chocolate Bar. Go nuts with the Peanut Butter served with Vanilla ice cream, whole milk, Reese’s cups, and topped with whipped cream, peanut butter, crushed almonds and chocolate Chips. Cookie lover’s will enjoy the Cookie Snob made with Vanilla ice cream, whole milk, Speculous cookie, whipped cream, and sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with circus animal cookies. For those with a chocolate addiction, indulge with the Chocolate Lover made with Chocolate ice cream, whole milk, Oreo cookies, whipped cream, and sprinkled with white and dark chocolate chips and topped with a brownie.