A new ice cream parlor and bakeshop in San Francisco’s sunniest neighborhood just opened, answering the prayers of sweet tooths in family-friendly Dogpatch. Owners Ian Flores and Annabelle Topacio are pastry chefs who met while working for Wolfgang Puck in southern California and now have a young daughter and gourmet ice cream shop in northern California. The shop’s quirky name, Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, pays homage to their new family, new culinary project, and unmarried status. With a name so clever, it will be hard to forget!
Ice cream shops tend to be kid-friendly, and Mr. and Mrs. is no exception. The place is stroller-friendly and the large bathroom is also a plus for families (though there is no changing table). The kid’s scoop in a cup or cone is $2.50 for all-natural ice cream that is about 90% organic. Classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate chip will appeal to picky palates while more adventurous kids might try candied violet ice cream or pineapple and coconut sorbet. Giants fans should try “ballpark,” a salty-sweet ice cream flavor that uses local Anchor Steam beer, peanuts and chocolate pretzels and pays homage to nearby AT&T park. A home-run combo!
Don’t forget to sample the cookies, peanut brittle and individually wrapped caramels, offerings that let the owners’ pastry background shine. Everything is made from scratch and in-house, including the fresh cones warm from the press and the hot fudge topping. On a hot day, a black cherry float might just be the answer. Or if you need a doggie-bag dessert, they will pack a pint or quart of ice cream to take home.
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, 699 22nd St., S.F., cash only. Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays 11:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.. Closed Tuesday.