A San Francisco classic, families come to Mitchell’s on the southern edge of the city’s Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods, crowding the front benches and licking up flavors that can range from avocado to ube. With only one store, it was always out of the way for me so I never got the Mitchell’s experience.
Until I got wheels.
So during the holidays while exploring the city, I stopped in for the first time at Mitchell’s. Even though we had unusually warm weather that made it perfect for ice cream tasting, the crowds were smaller. I wasn’t complaining since it made it easier for me to find parking in the lot behind the store.
The flavor choices can be overwhelming, but I settled for a scoop of avocado (just because I wondered what it would be like and I do like avocados) and dulce de leche, which is one of my favorite sweet tastes.
The texture of the ice cream was thick, almost too thick. The rich avocado flavor was enjoyable at first, but then I got a bit of the herbal twist that reminded me of vegetables. After awhile it was more the color that reminded me of avocado. Dulce de leche, of course, was a sweet caramel winner.
While I thought it was worth trying Mitchell’s, I do think it’s on par with the next generation of artisan ice cream makers. So while I will probably visit places closer to home, Mitchell’s will probably continue as a beacon for ice cream lovers.
Mitchell’s Ice Cream, 688 San Jose Ave. (at 29th), San Francisco. PH: 415.648.2300. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. www.mitchellsicecream.com
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