A scoop of ice cream in a cone waits to be picked up

What more can I say about the aptly named Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco’s Cole Valley?

This three-month-old soda fountain and ice cream shop has been written up and creating buzz for its Art Deco design and adult-friendly sodas and shakes developed by Rickhouse bartender Russell Davis. While young and old grab a number up front and wait for their turn to pick an ice cream flavor or sundae, others stroll to the back soda fountain counter to try drinks made with homemade extracts and ingredients like acid phosphates (which creates a sour flavor for a soda).

The huge Tropical Split sundae with roasted pineapples, vanilla ice cream, toffee, and homemade marshmallows

While the phosphates soda was interesting (I tried the classic wild cherry), the humongous sundaes are also worth trying, like the Tropical Split ($9) I got that had amazing homemade marshmallows that were so light and fluffy.

But for me, I just enjoyed the nostalgic vibe of this tiny neighborhood spot, with its soda jerks dressed in classic black-and-white uniforms and caps. So here’s a slideshow of photographs I took during my visits in the last month to Ice Cream Bar. As always, this slideshow is housed permanently in my Exhibits section.

Ice Cream Bar, 815 Cole St. (at Carl), San Francisco. PH: 415.742.4932. Open from noon to 10 p.m. daily. theicecreambarsf.com

4 Responses to A Soda Fountain that has Adults Going Crazy

  1. Sandy says:

    Glad you got to try it, Ben! Great recap. I feel the urge to try those marshmallows, now!

  2. hungry dog says:

    I am embarrassed to say I have not yet been here—even though it’s in my ‘hood and I’m walking around on Cole Street almost every day! Next time you’re over here, let me know and we can meet for a sundae!

  3. Carolyn Jung says:

    I’m dying to go there, too. Their ice cream concoctions are soooo creative and different.