Best Ice Cream - 2008
La Copa Loca
The biggest problem at La Copa Loca ice cream shop in the Mission is making your mind up. There are a couple of dozen irresistible flavors of superb gelato and sorbetto on display in the glass-fronted counter, a distracting array of ice cream cakes and sundaes in a revolving case, and, looming overhead, a densely printed board offering long lists of specialty sundaes, liquados, smoothies, and milkshakes. (And coffee drinks, juices, hot crepes, and panini. But we're here for the ice cream.) Choose waffle cones or the unusual and welcome waffle cup; choose one to three scoops (or a toddler scoop!); choose toppings or mix-ins. (Oh, did we mention that it has soy gelato? And sugar-free gelato?) Deciding that you'll go with the croccante sundae (scoops of chocolate, hazelnut, and amaretto gelato, topped with chocolate and hazelnut sauce, whipped cream, and hazelnuts) may instantly induce regret that you didn't try the caramello (caramel and vanilla gelato, caramel syrup, caramel chunks, and whipped cream). But there's always next time.