San Francisco is a pretty serious ice cream town: With its proximity to incredible dairy from the likes of Straus Creamery, access to wonderful, locally-made chocolate, and a city-wide penchant for unique ingredients, how could it be otherwise?
Over the years, even long-running ice cream makers like Mitchell’s have gravitated toward flavors well beyond simple vanilla and strawberry, and concoctions like salted caramel and “secret breakfast” have become the calling cards for a new breed of ice cream shop. Here’s a smattering of 14 of the city’s best ice cream flavors, with one historic and irresistible option from Oakland. They were selected for their unimpeachable, scientific perfection — okay, based on personal preference and overall popularity, so take the bait and argue for other favorites in the comments. If you’re seeking the best local ice cream shops overall, here’s that, too.Read More