Best Ice Cream San Francisco 2012 - Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
What sets the ice cream here apart is the texture and complexity: There's no need for toppings or mix-ins because they're already in there. Owner Ian Flores left a career as a pastry chef in fine-dining restaurants for the family-friendlier hours of an ice cream shop. Still, his best creations are not child-friendly, like the Croquantino, with caramelized hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur in a vanilla base, or Bulleit Bourbon and Peanut Brittle. In fact, we'll skip the cocktail bar this afternoon and just have an Old Fashioned here, with Bourbon-soaked cherries and orange zest in a vanilla base. The parking-rich Dogpatch location does draw kids, and Flores' menu of flavors, which changes almost every day, offers them the same textural fun, with scoops like chocolate cherry cookie or chocolate malted crunch. The staff is friendly and offers seats for you to enjoy your ice cream, a comfort not provided at some of the city's other best scoop spots. If only they would run an updated website so we could see when our favorite flavors are on the menu ... though perhaps Flores is watching our weight.