We’re pretty lucky in the San Francisco Bay Area to have some cool ice cream options where the purveyors are innovative with unique flavors. So it’s pretty tough to top what’s out there. Still, a corner store in the Mission seems to be doing just that.
Garden Creamery, which started out as a food truck and then opened its first store at the corner of 20th and Lexington, seems to be an Instagram favorite lately. I finally checked it out on Sunday, and I was immediately drawn to the flavors inspired by owner Erin Lang’s childhood in Hawaii.
I’m talking about haupia and macadamia nuts, kalo cream, and butter mochi with toasted sesame. This might sound unusual to you, but also having grown up in Hawaii, this is like home.
I tried the haupia and mac nuts, along with the popular Japanese milk coffee and black sesame. All the flavors were distinct, which was surprising even for the Japanese milk coffee, with had the slight floral essence of milk tea. And the black sesame was a rich, intense taste of sesame. I enjoyed them all, and now I can’t wait to try the other flavors.
The lines can get long, naturally, but they’re not like Salt-N’-Straw long. But I get a sense they’ll be growing like Salt N’ Straw in no time.
The deets: Garden Creamery, 3566 20th St., San Francisco. Open Wednesday through Sunday, from 3 to 10 p.m. On weekends from noon. gardencreamery.com
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