GQ's prickly food critic Alan Richman cuddles up to San Francisco and our sweet treats by putting three of our ice cream shops on his national list of must-visits. He's got Mitchell's Ice Cream ("Most fantastic flavor: Horchata. Brilliant Mexican drink even better as ice cream."), Bi-Rite Creamery ("Orange Cardamom. Like bacon, cardamom makes everything better" and Humphry Slocombe ("Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee. So classic, so intense"). But. If you don't mind, Mr. Richman, you glossed over the city's best ice cream purveyor: Smitten.
For those not in the know (and we just tasted it about a month ago, so we're late to the game as well), Smitten was first concocted in 2009 when founder Robyn Sue took to the streets dragging around "Kelvin" (a machine she made that uses liquid nitrogen) on a Radio Flyer red wagon. Since then she scored her own shop in Hayes Valley where you ice cream is made for you in around 60 seconds. It's it, quite literally, the best ice cream we have ever had the pleasure of tasting in San Francisco. Too bad it didn't make GQ's list.
Smitten is open from 11:30 am - 10 pm every day at 432 Octavia (at Linden).