There is a war happening in this town. An ice cream war.
San Francisco residents have been debating their favorite local creamery for years, and for those who are looking for a bit of excitement, Humphry Slocombe tends to top their list. Sitting deep in the mission, this tiny ice cream shop can draw a pretty substantial crowd when the weather is nice, so be prepared to wait.
With flavors like Salt and Pepper and Jesus Juice (red wine and coca cola), Humphry Slocombe continues to experiment with strange ingredients to surprise and excite customers. My personal favorite is Secret Breakfast, which is a bourbon flavored ice cream with corn flake pieces in it. The flavor is amazingly deep for ice cream and has a nice texture with the added corn flakes. In addition to their many unique flavors, Humphry Slocombe is also well known for the richness and decadence of the ice cream itself. They use a luscious mix of local heavy cream and eggs which gives the ice cream the same dense quality of premium gelato.
I tend to be more of an ice cream traditionalist, but I do frequent Humphry Slocombe out of sheer curiosity for the flavors they will be offering that day. They do some pretty daring things as far as ice cream goes, and I’d never turn down a chance to sample a sweet frozen dessert with ingredients like foie gras or candied jalapeno.