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.
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