December 4, 2011

Creative Ice Cream in San Francisco

Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are the classic ice cream flavors. In San Francisco bay area those are often the last flavors you see on menus of local ice cream shops. When I still lived in San Francisco I wrote about Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphrey Slocombes - two innovative ice cream shops scooping up flavors like honey lavender, salted caramel, secret breakfast (corn flakes and bourbon), and Jesus juice (wine and cola). On my recent visit to the bay area I got to try two new ice cream shops that are continuing this creative trend.


Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous is located on Third Street in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. This area of the city is in the middle of a slow revival (or gentrification). I remember when I lived in Potrero Hill (the neighborhood next door) new businesses were just beginning to open in Dogpatch. There was a cute organic wine bar, a small Italian cafe, a nail salon, and a coffee shop. Since then, more restaurants and cafes and shops have opened. And now there is a local wine shop, a butcher, and this unique new ice cream shop.




I went to Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous on the way to dinner with a friend. (When in doubt eat dessert first, right?) The shop has a modern industrial design, but somehow maintains a local, cozy feel. The day we visited there were several interesting sounding flavors including sweet potato, orange chipotle, and the one I tried - candied violet. The ice cream was creamy and not overly sweet with a delicate violet flavor (and was not overly floral). It was delicious and the perfect prequel to dinner!


Across the bay in the Gourmet Ghetto area of Berkeley is another creative shop selling frozen treats. Lush Gelato is located on Shattuck Avenue and sells gelato made from local ingredients. Located at the end of a small alley of food shops, this place offers a wide range of flavors. There was milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and Tahitian vanilla on the more traditional side - and marscopone balsamic with chocolate covered graham crackers or pumpkin with chocolate chunks for more adventurous customers. I elected to try dark chocolate and the marscopone balsamic gelato. Both were wonderful - very creamy gelato with delightful flavors!


While I do enjoy traditional ice cream and gelato flavors it is fun to go to a shop that pushes the envelope a bit like these creative ice cream shops in the San Francisco bay area. You might be surprised by what flavors are listed on the board - and how delicious they are!

5 comments:

Katy said...

Sigh, as if I didn't have enough reasons to go to San Fransisco! I love the idea of dessert before dinner, it's one sure-fire way of not getting too full and missing out on the best bit!

Rambling Tart said...

What a fun shop!! Candied violet ice cream sounds like something out of a fairytale. :-) I love it!!

Jessica said...

@ Katy - SF is a great city to visit! :)

@ Krista - It was fabulous! :)

Bret @ Green Global Travel said...

We have a guy here in Atlanta called The King of Pops who does popsicles in crazy flavors like that: Chocolate Sea Salt, Mojito, etc. He's become very popular! Wonder when some smart ice cream manufacturer will get the hint and start making them on a larger scale...

Jessica said...

@ Bret - Next time I'm in Atlanta I'll have to see if I can try a chocolate sea salt popsicle! That sounds delicious!