The Scoop on Ice Cream Week!
Where to go to get your just desserts. This, as mandated by the office of the President of the United States circa 1984 by none other than our movie star President Mr. Ronald Reagan, is Ice Cream Week. No kidding. No need to send a card but a spoon definitely comes in handy for celebrating this cool sentiment. Here’s a list of top 6 favorites, as judged by us, Yelp reviewers and the writers at Red Tricycle for best traditional and creative cold confections in the Bay Area:
The one and only, actually one + one and only Bi-Rite Creamery touting their original 3692 18th St. and later addition 550 Divisadero St. San Francisco locations top the list. In business since 1940 and active in ice cream since 1998 they use mostly organic, local milk products to make their sweet treats. They serve popsicles, sorbet, sundaes, soft serve, and ice cream sandwiches, as well as cupcakes and cookies. Must try ice cream flavors: Honey Lavender, Balsamic Strawberry and Salted Caramel. Price: Inexpensive. www.biritecreamery.com
2. Mitchell’s Ice Cream
688 San Jose Ave. San Francisco. A long time Mission favorite has been serving delicious specialty ice cream, sorbet, and sundaes for over 50 years and generation after generation. They make all of their ice cream in house by hand in batches of no more than 10 gallons at a time. There’s some indoor seating if you like to relax as you indulge. Must try ice cream flavors: Ube, Halo Halo and Mango. Typically crowded, usually hard to park, always worth the wait!Price: Inexpensive. www.mitchellsicecream.com
2790 A Harrison St. San Francisco. A mere baby in the business founded just over 4 years ago by pastry chef Jake Godby and Sean Vahey, Humphry Slocombe has gotten the attention of the likes of Oprah, Wired, Voque, Paper Magazine and many more. They have quickly built a reputation for inventive and unexpected flavors. And boast using natural and organic ingredients. Must try ice cream flavors: Bourbon and toasted cornflakes, Peanut Butter and Curry and Strawberry and Candied Jalapeñoes. Price: Moderate. www.humphryslocombe.com
4. Ici (pronounced ee-see)
2948 College Ave., Berkeley. Ici is the creation of Mary Canales, Chez Panisse’s former pastry chef. Suffice to say their sorbet, sherbet and ice cream are simply Magnifique! Everyday Ici offers 11 flavors of ice creams, sorbets and sherbets that can be enjoyed in cups or hand rolled, chocolate filled tip, ice cream cones. Our ice cream is handmade fresh everyday in small batches using only organic dairy and eggs and sustainably raised ingredients. The flavors change daily and are usually based on what is in season. Must try ice cream flavors: Rose Vanilla, Pink Peppercorn and Honey Curry. Price: Moderate. www.ici-icecream.com
5. Tucker’s Supercreamed Ice Cream
1349 Park St., Alameda. Open since 1941 Tucker’s serves over 30 flavors of ice cream, sorbet, and sherbet. Their ice cream is made the old-fashioned way in batch freezers and use only real fruit and nuts hand picked for taste and texture all blended together to produce their trademark supercreamed ice cream. Must try ice cream flavors: Macapuno, Salted Butter Caramel and Banana Nut. We love the old fashioned ice cream shop atmosphere and of course can’t agree more with their motto: “Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First! Price: Inexpensive. www.tuckersicecream.com
6. Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream
3946 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. 40 years and 48 flavors later the locals still love Rick’s hand-made, rich, creamy small batch ice cream. We loved their creative concoctions, creaminess, taste (of course) and ice cream parlor feel. I think the locals know what they are talking about. Must try ice cream flavors: Caramel Praline, Saffron Pistachio, Ube. Price: Moderate. www.ricksicecream.com
Happy Ice Cream Week! Let us know what turns out to be your favorite!