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Did anyone else read the Alan Richman’s article in the new GQ on ice cream? Although Blood Orange Sorbet is pictured above, this sweet treat is in, and San Francisco is the ice cream hub of the country it seems. Here are some local SF gems that are a must-try.

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous (Dogpatch) An up and comer in the ice cream world, this beautiful little store serves some of the best tasting ice cream. There is always a different menu, but the flavors are always unique and home runs. They also consistently sell delicious peanut butter malt balls and peanut brittle on the side. 
  2. Bi Rite Creamery (Mission) Perhaps the most famous ice cream in SF, on warm days the line can stretch for up to a block. But the wait is worth it- try “Salted Caramel” or “Honey Lavender.” If you’re feeling indulgent, splurge on a sundae. 
  3. Mitchell’s Ice Cream (Noe Valley) Humble storefront and location but don’t be put off by it- try “Coconut Pineapple” or a Raspberry cone dipped in chocolate.
  4. Humphrey Slocombe (Mission) Best known for their odd flavors like “Jesus Juice” (red wine and coke) and “Harvey Milk and Honey”
  5. Smitten Ice Cream (Hayes Valley) Ice cream is made-to-order on the spot using liquid nitrogen with flavors like “Tcho Chocolate” (Tcho is a local SF chocolatier) and “White Balsamic Strawberry”

Of course sometimes the best ice creams can be found in your own grocery store too- Haagen Dazs was mentioned in the article as well!