Perfect timing for Pride Month, New York’s infamous Big Gay Ice Cream Truck served up its popular funtastic soft serve cone creations to the curious crowds at Golden Gate Park yesterday afternoon.

The food truck, the brainchild of Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff, was in town for the Chipotle Cultivate Festival. And despite the long lines and June gloom foggy weather at the park, happy people were leaving the truck with their colorful creations.

Serving soft serve cones (vanilla or brownie batter flavors) and sundaes named “The Mermaid” or “Bea Arthur,” the truck operators made sure everyone was having fun. It’s the kind of free-spirit inspiration that they’ve been serving up in New York for the last few years, gaining national attention in the media and on appearances such as the “Rachel Ray” talk show. The truck has a permanent home since 2011 in the Lower East Side, and now goes by simply Big Gay Ice Cream.

I waited with my friends for nearly an hour, and ended up getting the “Salty Pimp,” a vanilla cone swirled with dulce de leche, dipped in chocolate with sea salt. Just to pimp it even further, I added an extra topping of bourbon butterscotch. (Total cost was $7.)

The dulce de leche flavor was amazing with the soft serve vanilla and chocolate. The bourbon butterscotch was a perfect foil, giving nice bursts of alcohol and creamy butterscotch in all the right places. If they bottled the bourbon butterscotch, I would buy a whole case of it!

Hey, Quint and Petroff, your Big Gay Ice Cream would feel so much at home in San Francisco. Obvious, but still putting it out there.

At the end of the long line to the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck at Golden Gate Park on Saturday. Waited for 45-55 minutes, but it was worth it!

At the end of the long line to the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck at Golden Gate Park on Saturday. Waited for 45-55 minutes, but it was worth it!

My friend Tat ordered the "Godzilla," which was a vanilla cone coated with wasabi peanut dust.

My friend Tat ordered the “Godzilla,” which was a vanilla cone coated with wasabi peanut dust.

Oh, why so sad when you're raking in all the money? LOL, Douglas Quint was actually acting out because the band on the main stage was singing a sad song. It's that kind of personality that makes the truck so much fun to visit.

Oh, why so sad when you’re raking in all the money? LOL, Douglas Quint was actually acting out because the band on the main stage was singing a sad song at the moment. It’s that kind of personality that makes the Big Gay Ice Cream truck so much fun to visit.

The Salty Pimp, a vanilla cone with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate with sea salt. I added the bourbon butterscotch.

The Salty Pimp, a vanilla cone with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate with sea salt. I added the bourbon butterscotch.

Inside my Salty Pimp, with the dulce de leche mixing with the bourbon butterscotch and chocolate. I loved it, even in the San Francisco foggy summer day.

Inside my Salty Pimp, with the dulce de leche mixing with the bourbon butterscotch and chocolate. I loved it, even in the San Francisco foggy summer day.

4 Responses to Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Makes a Stop in San Francisco

  1. hungry dog says:

    I like the look of that Salty Pimp. And the wasabi cone blows my mind! It doesn’t actually sound like something that I would want to eat but it is so cool looking. I’m sorry I missed this yesterday (though wouldn’t have wanted to wait in that line.)

    • Ben Ben says:

      My friend actually wanted the wasabi cone to have more kick, but it’s probably because it was more grounded peanuts than real wasabi. Still, I was so happy with my Salty Pimp. Guess you have to go to New York and try out their store. 😉

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    I went to their shop in NY last year. Even in the rain, it was a most fun treat to enjoy. I had the one that was chocolate dipped!

  3. Row says:

    Glad that it was worth the chilly and long wait. Your ice cream looks amazing!